Brigadier General Brian Kerry Balfe hails from Cornwall, New York. He is a 1983 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He holds a 2003 Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
General Balfe is a graduate of the United States Army Airborne School, Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Multiple Launch Rocket System Cadre Course, TACFIRE Fire Support Course, Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College, Electronic Warfare Staff Officers Course, Senior Transportation Officer Qualification Course, and the Infantry Pre-Command Course.
His active duty assignments include: Multiple Launch Rocket System Firing Platoon Leader, 8-inch Cannon Battery Fire Direction Officer and Composite-Battalion Fire Direction Officer, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Battalion Liaison Officer and Battalion Logistics Officer, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Essayons, South Korea; Battalion Fire Support Officer, 7th Infantry Division, Fort Ord, California; and Commander, Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix VII, Camp Phoenix, Kabul, Afghanistan.
General Balfe has held multiple leadership and command positions since joining the New York Army National Guard in October 1990, including Battalion Fire Direction Officer, Battery Commander, Battalion Logistics Officer, Division Fire Support Officer, Division Fire Support Staff Officer, Battalion Operations Officer, Battalion Executive Officer, and twice Battalion Commander. Selected to command 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry, he became the first Field Artillery Officer to command a New York Army National Guard infantry unit. General Balfe also commanded 1st Battalion, 156th Field Artillery (Light), which he deployed to the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, LA in August 2001. In October 2001 he also deployed a battalion task force to New York City in support of civilian authorities following the attacks on the World Trade Center. A year later, he was selected to command 106th Regiment, Regional Training Institute, Camp Smith, New York. In April 2006, General Balfe was selected as the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Commander. He continued in that role and assumed command of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix VII in April 2008 through the end of December that same year. General Balfe currently serves as the Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver) for the 42d Infantry Division in Troy, NY.
General Balfe’s awards include:
- Bronze Star Medal
- Meritorious Service Medal
- Army Commendation Medal
- Army Achievement Medal
- Army Good Conduct Medal
- National Defense Service Medal
- Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star
- Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
- Korea Defense Service Medal
- Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Bronze Hour Glass and “M” Device
- Army Service Ribbon
- Overseas Service Ribbon
- ISAF Non-Article 5 NATO Medal
- Combat Infantryman Badge
- Basic Parachutist Badge
- French National Defense Medal-Gold Award
- He is also the recipient of the Order of Saint Barbara
General Balfe resides in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife, Tara Boehm Woodman.