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CHIEF OF STAFF

Colonel Joel S. Lindeman is Chief of Staff, Defense Information Systems Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland. He is responsible for coordinating the efforts of a 7,300-member organization and the management of a 10-billion-dollar-plus budget. He directs staff efforts to provide effective global command, control, and combat support systems for the President, Secretary of Defense, Combatant Commanders, Joint Staff, military departments, and combat support agencies.

COL Lindeman entered the U.S. Army from Pennsylvania in 1995. Colonel Lindeman received his Commission in the Army Signal Corps, detailed Infantry, from The Pennsylvania State University's ROTC program. His initial assignment was to the 101st Airborne Division, where he served in numerous leadership positions throughout 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment. Upon completion of his detail to the Infantry he was assigned to Fort Richardson, Alaska where he served as an Arctic Paratrooper in the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment and later as Company Commander in the 59th Signal Battalion.

Following assessment as a Special Operations Communicator, he served in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), deploying on multiple rotations with a Joint Special Operations Task Force in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Colonel Lindeman’s later assignments include Regimental S6, Inspector General, and multiple assignments as a Strategic Signal Brigade S3. He commanded the 54th Signal Battalion, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait from October 2011 until November 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Penn State and a Master of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force’s Air University. He is married and has three daughters.