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CPT Stephen Vadovsky, Jr. is a native of West Palm Beach, Florida. He enlisted in the Army in 1999 as an Electronic Warfare Signals Intelligence Analyst. In 2004, he deployed to Iraq with the Counter-IED Targeting Program (CITP) Weapons Intelligence Detachment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III. In 2006, he received a Green-to-Gold Scholarship and attended the University of Hawaii ROTC Program. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in International Business from Hawaii Pacific University. In 2011, he deployed to Afghanistan with the 3/509th Parachute Infantry Regiment as a company executive officer in support of Operation Enduring Freedom XI. In 2014, he completed the Civil Affairs Qualification Course and was assigned to the 92nd Civil Affairs Battalion (Special Operations) (Airborne). He completed three tours to the European theatre under Task Force 10 and Naval Special Warfare Unit Two in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (four oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, the Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab, the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (gold), and several foreign parachutist badges.

CPT Vadovsky will attend Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy to pursue a Master of Arts in Public Policy. He is married to the former Cassie Meade, and they have two children, Adelynn and Finn, with a third on the way.

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