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COL Paul Kassebaum

COL Paul Kassebaum

Commander , U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD)

Colonel Paul Kassebaum assumed command of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense on August 5, 2022. As MRICD’s commander, Colonel Kassebaum leads a dedicated team of scientists, educators, and clinical professionals pursuing the vision of eliminating suffering in the world caused by chemical threats and non-kinetic battlefield injuries.

Colonel Kassebaum is a 2003 graduate of the University of Florida where he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree. He received a direct commission into the United States Army as a Pharmacy Officer (67E) in the Medical Service Corps in August 2003.

COL Kassebaum’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (five oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Unit Citation (one oak leaf cluster), Superior Unit Award (two oak leaf clusters), Iraq Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (numeral 2), Expert Field Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge, and German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold). He is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.

COL Kassebaum is a graduate of the Captain’s Career Course, Intermediate Level Education, Defense Strategy Course, and Army War College. He earned a Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Policy and Outcomes from the University of Florida and Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.

COL Kassebaum is married to Megan. They have two sons, Henry (16) and Timothy (14).