Colonel Stephen D. Dorris
Blue Grass Army Depot
Colonel Stephen D. Dorris assumed command of Blue Grass Army Depot on July 9, 2020. Blue Grass Army Depot provides America’s Joint Warfighters with reliable, timely and cost-effective munitions and chemical defense equipment in support of full-spectrum military operations.
Col. Dorris’ education includes an Associate of Science in Applied Science from Kansas State University; a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice from East Carolina University; a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina; and a Master of Science in Strategy and Campaign Planning from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
Col. Dorris’ professional military education includes: Ordnance Officer Basic and Ammunition Officer Course at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama; U.S. Army Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course at Fort Lee, Virginia; Combined Arms Services Staff School (CAS3); U.S. Navy School EOD (NAVSCOLEOD) at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida; Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and, Joint Advanced Warfighting School in Norfolk, Virginia.
Col. Dorris enlisted in the U.S. Army as an Infantryman in 1990. He served in the 1st Infantry Division (Mech) at Fort Riley, Kansas, as an Administrative Specialist in the Battalion S-1 of 1st Battalion 16th Infantry (Mech). He then served in the 2nd Infantry Division (Mech) at Camp Hovey, Republic of Korea, as a Scout / Sniper in the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry (Mech). After completing his overseas tour, he transitioned from Active Duty Enlisted Service to attend East Carolina University, and upon graduation, he was commissioned in 1996 as a 2LT in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps.
Col. Dorris has previously commanded the 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD) (Rear/Provisional) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; the 184th Ordnance Battalion (EOD) at Fort Campbell; the 3rd Special Forces Group (A) Service Support Company at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and the 756th Ordnance Company (EOD) at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania.
His staff billets include Deputy Chief of Plans and Southern Flank Plans Branch Chief for USEUCOM, J5/8 Directorate at Patch Barracks, Delaware; Deputy Commander, 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD) at Fort Campbell; Team Chief for CBRN Coordination Element Four and G33 (Chief of Operations), 20th CBRNE Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; Deputy Commander, Support for Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force, Afghanistan, at Bagram AFG; Executive Officer of the 3rd Group Support Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (A) at Fort Bragg; the Director of Logistics for Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan, in Bagram, Afghanistan; and, as the Director of Logistics for Combined Joint Task Force – Troy, in Baghdad, Iraq.
Col. Dorris joins the Blue Grass Army Depot from his most recent tour as Deputy Chief of U.S. European Command, J5/8-Plans Division. He was responsible for managing a menu of campaign, contingency, and functional-planning efforts within the USEUCOM J5/8 Plans, Policy, and Budget Directorate.
His awards include: Bronze Star Medal; Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters); Meritorious Service Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters); Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Achievement Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters); Iraq and Afghan Campaign Medals; Global War on Terror Expeditionary and Service Medals; and, Korean Defense Service Medal. His skill badges include: Expert Infantryman; Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal; Basic Parachutist; and, Air Assault.