Maj. Lance A. Shaffer is the new administrative officer of the 70th Troop Command, the Missouri National Guard's largest brigade, headquartered at historic Jefferson Barracks. (Bill Phelan photo)
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. - A Pennsylvania native is the new administrative officer of the 70th Troop Command, the Missouri National Guard's largest brigade, headquartered at historic Jefferson Barracks in south St. Louis County.
Maj. Lance A. Shaffer, 46, takes over for Lt. Col. Christopher Mickan who was recently named commander of the 835th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Jefferson City. Mickan had served as Troop Command administrator for more than four years.
The 70th Troop Command consists of more than 2,600 soldiers in four battalions with armories in more than a dozen locations around the state. The brigade also includes the 7th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team in Jefferson City and the Region 7 Homeland Response Force, based at Jefferson Barracks.
Born in Pottsville, Penn., Shaffer is a 1984 graduate of Upper Dauphin Area High School. He possesses a bachelor's degree in English from Lebanon Valley College and a master's degree in International relations from Webster University. Prior to his assignment with Troop Command, Shaffer served as a range modernization officer at National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Va.
Shaffer is no stranger to Troop Command, having served as brigade operations officer from 2005 to 2007.
"I'm very excited about this assignment," he said. "It's great to come back to Jefferson Barracks and work with the soldiers, units and issues I once worked with before."
A veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Shaffer served four years in the regular Army before joining the National Guard in 1993. In addition to Iraq, Shaffer was also deployed to Kosovo as part of a peacekeeping mission, and as commander of the Guard's 1139th Military Police Company in Harrisonville, Mo., he helped protect U.S. munitions sites immediately after the 9-11 attacks.
Shaffer said his goals for Troop Command are simple.
"I want to continue to provide great training for Troop Command soldiers; to support all the units within the brigade and to support each soldier and their families," he said.
Maj. Shaffer is the son of Patricia Bucher and Fred Shaffer.
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