COL Tony Shepherd was born in Guyana, South America. He graduated from North Georgetown High School in 1984. He is a graduate of Montgomery College in Pennsylvania with an Associates in Electronic Engineering, and a graduate of Philander Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management, in addition, he holds a Masters of Arts in Information Management from Webster University and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the Army War College. COL Shepherd received his Doctoral degree in Executive Leadership from the University of Charleston. He is currently a Regional Vice President of Operations at PODS. COL Shepherd is married to Zandral Shepherd.
COL Shepherd enlisted into the US Army Reserves in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 23rd, 1992. He attended Basic Combat Training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX. He served two years as an X-Ray Technician at Blanchfield Hospital, Ft. Campbell, KY. COL Shepherd enlisted in the Arkansas Army National Guard in October 1995. In 1997, COL Shepherd and enrolled into Officer Candidate School Class 41 where he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in August 1998.
COL Shepherd’s previous assignments include: Platoon Leader, Co B 212th Signal BN, Benton, AR; Executive Officer, Co A 212th Signal BN, Hot Springs, AR; S-6 Officer, 1-153 INF BN, Malvern, AR; Company Commander, HHC 1-153 INF BN, Malvern, AR; S-6 Officer, 39th IBCT; Executive Officer, 39th BSTB, Conway, AR, Commander - 2nd Battalion, 233rd Regiment (RTI) and currently serves as the Regimental Commander, 233rd RTI.
COL Shepherd has served two combat tours in Iraq; with the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. His first deployment in 2004 as the Signal Officer for the 1-153rd Infantry Battalion. His second deployment in 2008 as the 39th IBCT Signal Officer. He has received the following awards and decorations; Bronze Star, Combat Action Badge, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Operation Iraqi Freedom Service Medal, and numerous other Federal and State Service ribbons. COL Shepherd was awarded the prestigious Order of Mercury, Bronze; for the highest standards of integrity, moral character, professional competence and selflessness, for those who have contributed significantly to the Army Signal Corps. COL Shepherd is also a recipient of the Army Legion of Merit award.