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Mr. Glenn Blackburn
State of the Command
The 1st Brigade Combat Team, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment recently had a Change of Command ceremony. Below you will find the biographies of incoming, LTC Tobin Andrew Magsig, and outgoing, COL Colin P. Tuley.
LTC Tobin Andrew Magsig
LTC Toby Magsig was commissioned into the Infantry upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1996. He served as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in both 2nd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) at Ft. Campbell, KY and 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in Savannah, GA.
After completing the Maneuver Captains Career Course, LTC Magsig served as the Aide de Camp for the Task Force Falcon Commanding General in Kosovo. He then commanded G Troop, 1st U.S. Cavalry Regiment (BRT) and HHC, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment in 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany. Subsequently, he served as the Battalion Adjutant, Assistant S3 and A Company Commander in 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
Following completion of CGSC, LTC Magsig served as the LNO, S3 and XO in 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. After three years in 3rd Ranger Battalion, LTC Magsig moved up to the 75th Ranger Regiment HQ, where he served as the Senior LNO and Regimental S3.
From 2012 to 2014, LTC Magsig commanded1st Battalion, 501st Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Regiment at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK. He then commanded a Special Operations Advisory Group, mentoring Afghanistan’s National Mission Force for Counter Terrorism, before attending the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. LTC Magsig currently serves as the Assistant Chief of Staff, Operations, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
LTC Magsig’s operational experience includes a deployment to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guard, three deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and eight deployments to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
LTC Magsig holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, a Masters in Organization Psychology from Columbia University, and Masters in National Security Strategy from the Army War College. He is a graduate of the following military schools: Airborne, Air Assault, Ranger, Pathfinder, Jumpmaster, IOBC, MCCC, CAS3, and CGSC.
LTC Magsig’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and Australian, German and Chilean Jump Wings.
LTC Magsig is married to the former Jennifer Neblett of Nashville, TN. Together they have three children, Katie (12), Noah (10), and Xan (2).
COL Colin P. Tuley
COL Colin Tuley graduated from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. After completing the Infantry Officer's Basic Course and Ranger school at Fort Benning, Georgia, COL Tuley was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea.
From 1993 thru 1994, COL Colin Tuley served with 5-20 IN (Mechanized) as a platoon leader and then later as the Headquarters Company executive officer. Following this assignment, COL Tuley moved back to Fort Benning, GA and was assigned to 3rd Ranger Battalion from 1995 to 1997 where he served as a Ranger Rifle Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer.
In 1997, COL Tuley attended the Infantry officer’s career course and was later assigned to the 25th Infantry Division where he initially served as the Assistant S3 for 2nd Brigade. He commanded Charlie Company 1-27 “Wolfhounds” from Dec 1998 until July 2000 in the 25th ID, then took command of the Long Range Surveillance Detachment (LRSD), 125th MI until summer 2001, and later served as aide-de-camp to the Division Commanding General.
In the fall of 2002, COL Tuley moved to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. From August 2003 to June 2004, he attended the Command and General Staff College and also earned his Master’s Degree with an MBA.
For over the next 5 and ½ years, COL Tuley served within the 75th Ranger Regiment. From 2004-2007, COL Tuley was assigned to 2nd Ranger Battalion at Fort Lewis, WA where he served as the Ranger Battalion LNO, Battalion Operations Officer, and Battalion Executive Officer. During this timeframe, COL Tuley deployed multiple times to combat in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
After serving with 2nd Ranger Battalion, COL Tuley moved to Fort Benning, GA to serve in the 75th Ranger Regiment Headquarters as the Regimental Senior LNO from 2007 to 2008, where he deployed twice to Iraq as a task force operations officer. Subsequently, COL Tuley served the next 15 months as the Regimental Executive Officer.
COL Tuley took command of 2nd Battalion 35th Infantry “Cacti” on 28 January 2010, and commanded the Battalion for the next 2 and ½ years. During this timeframe, from April 2011 thru March 2012, the Battalion deployed to combat in eastern Afghanistan, in Kunar Province and the Pech River Valley.
After Battalion command, COL Tuley served as the G3 for the 25th Infantry Division from June 2012- May 2013.
In June of 2013, COL Tuley became the Deputy Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment, where he deployed to Afghanistan for majority of the year as the commander of a joint special operations task force.
During the last year, COL Tuley attended the Army War College’s National Security Fellowship Program at UNC-Chapel Hill.
On 28 May 2015, COL Tuley took command of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 504th Parachute Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
COL Tuley earned the Expert Infantry Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
COL Colin Tuley and his wife, Jin, have two daughters-- Alex, a 2014 graduate of the University of Georgia and now a journalist in Washington DC with the Washington Post, and Annabelle, a senior in high school.