Originally from Tipton, Iowa, COL Timothy J. Sulzner enlisted into U.S. Army service in January 1993, as a combat engineer in the 224th Engineer Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard. COL Sulzner completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonardwood, MO, and was awarded the 12B military occupational specialty. COL Sulzner attended State Officer Candidate School, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, (branching Infantry), in September 1996. He then attended the Infantry Officer Basic Course, (IOBC), at Fort Benning, GA, graduating in April of 1997.
COL Sulzner served as a Platoon leader and Scout Platoon leader following IOBC. COL Sulzner become the fulltime training officer of the 133rd Infantry Battalion in February of 2000. He attended the resident Infantry Captain Career Course in 2001, at Fort Benning, GA. He assumed Command of Bravo Company 133rd IN Battalion from 2003-2005 and deployed his Company to Egypt, as part of the Multi-National Force Observes (MFO Rotation). COL Sulzner was selected and took command of the 194th LRSD (ABN) in 2005 and commanded until 2007 at which time he was the Iowa State Partnership Coordinator. In 2007, COL Sulzner deployed to Afghanistan as an Embedded Team Chief for both the Afghan Border Police Brigade Team and the 1st Kandak, 1 Brigade of the 203rd Corps, in RC East. COL Sulzner was the 113th Squadron Operations Officer and 2/34th IBCT Training Officer (AGR) from 2008 until 2011, including another deployment to Afghanistan from 2010-2011. COL Sulzner was selected as the 2/34th IBCT S3 and Officer in Charge in 2011. COL Sulzner commanded the 168th Infantry (Lethal Battalion) from 2013-2015. Post Battalion Command, COL Sulzner became the Deputy Commander of the 185th Regional Training Institute from 2016-2018. COL Sulzner was selected and took Command (Provisional) of the 1st Brigade
(Bastogne), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) from November of 2018 to October of 2019. COL Sulzner most recent assignment has been the Director of Military Support for the Iowa National Guard. Currently he is the G3/5/7 for 1st Army and the first ever National Guardsman to hold the position.
COL Sulzner’s schools include Intermediate Level Education, Advance Operations Course, Strategic Plans, Joint Task Force Commanders Course, Ranger School, Pathfinder, Air Assault, Airborne, Jumpmaster, Sniper Employment, Joint Firepower, CAX, and he is currently attending Senior Service College.
COL Sulzner’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal (2); Meritorious Service Medal, (3); Army Commendation Medal, (3) Army Achievement Medal, (3); Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, (3); National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Bronze Hour Glass and M Device; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon; MFO Ribbon; Combat Action Badge, and the Expert Infantry Badge.
COL Sulzner is a graduate of the Excelsior University with a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies, and Graceland University with a Master of Education. COL Sulzner has been active in the Infantry community, previously holding the offices of President in the 1st Iowa Chapter of the Infantry Association. The 34th ID (REDBULLS) Association President and currently is the President of the Titan Project Iowa, a non-profit organization designed to reduce veteran suicides while caring for families of the fallen. His interests include: fishing, fitness, mountain climbing, and sports.