Lt. Col. Kevin J. Yatar
3rd Battalion, 196th Infantry Brigade
LTC Kevin J. Yatar is a native of Guam and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in Armor from the University of Guam in 1991. Upon completion of the Armor Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to 2/11ACR (Wildflecken, GE) where he served as a Cavalry Platoon Leader. In 1993, LTC Yatar transferred to the Republic of Korea where he served as Company Executive Officer and Battalion S4 with 1-72AR (Camp Casey, KS).
After attending the Armor Officer Advanced Course and Combined Arms Staff Services School in 1995, he was assigned to Headquarters, 2ACR (Fort Polk, LA) where he served as Assistant Regimental S3 and later Troop Commander during Operation Joint Guard/Endeavor, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Following troop command, LTC Yatar was assigned to the US Army Recruiting Command where he commanded the Stockton Recruiting Company and San Joaquin Recruiting Company, Sacramento Recruiting Battalion, 6th Recruiting Brigade (Stockton, CA). Upon completion of command in 2001, he was reassigned to the US Pacific Command (Camp Smith, HI) where he served as Joint Exercise Planner, Deputy Resource Manager, and as a planner on the USPACOM Standing Joint Forces Headquarters (J3 Directorate).
In 2004, after attending the Army Command and General Staff College, he was assigned to the G3, National Training Center as the Chief of Plans and Operations (Fort Irwin, CA). In 2005, he deployed to Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom) where he served initially as the Squadron S3 and then Squadron Executive Officer for 1/11ACR (Camp Liberty, Iraq). Upon redeployment back to Fort Irwin in 2006, LTC Yatar was reassigned as the Regimental Executive Officer, 11ACR. In 2007, he was reassigned to Operations Group where he served as the Brigade DCO/XO and Senior Battle Staff Trainer Observer/Controller (Bronco 02). In 2008, LTC Yatar assumed command of 1st Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment (Fort Knox, KY). In 2010 following battalion command, he deployed to Iraq where he served as the Executive Officer to the Director, J9, Strategic Effects and Strategic Communications, US Forces – Iraq (US Embassy, Baghdad and Camp Victory, Iraq). Upon redeployment from Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn in 2011, LTC Yatar was assigned to Headquarters, US Army Pacific Command (Fort Shafter, HI) as the Deputy Director, G3 Training, G3/5/7/9 USARPAC. In June 2013, he was reassigned to 196th IN BDE where he currently serves as the Commander of 3/196IN BN (Barrigada, GU).
LTC Yatar’s educational degrees include a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management from the University of Guam and a Master of Science in Human Resource Administration from Central Michigan University. His awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), the Army Meritorious Service Medal (4OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), the Joint Meritorious Unit Award (1OLC), the Army Meritorious Unit Citation, the National Defense Service Medal (w/Bronze Star), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service, the Iraq Campaign Medal (w/4 Bronze Stars), the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (5), the NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Recruiter’s Badge