Colonel John Silva took over Friday, June 3, 2016, as commander of Atterbury-Muscatatuck, in a change of command ceremony at Camp Atterbury.
COL Silva enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1984 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 27 May 1989. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Saint Joseph and is a graduate of the Officer Candidate School at the Indiana Military Academy. He has attended the Engineer Officer Basic Course, the Engineer Officer Advance Course, the Combined Arms Staff School, and the Command and General Staff College. He received his Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College in 2015.
COL Silva has served as an Engineer Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Company Commander, S1 and Brigade Engineer while assigned to the 113th Combat Engineer Battalion. Following his time with the 113th Combat Engineer Battalion, COL Silva served as the Utilities Chief and then as the Director of Public Works at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center. In 2008 he deployed to Iraq with the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as the Base Engineer. Following his Iraq tour, he was selected to command the 38th DHHB, 38th Infantry Division and upon completion of his command he returned to Camp Atterbury to assume the role of Deputy Commander. COL Silva was most currently assigned as the Deputy United States Property & Fiscal Officer at the Joint Forces Headquarters in Indianapolis.
COL Silva’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with M Device and Silver Hourglass), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Star Device), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Indiana Distinguished Service Medal, Indiana Commendation Medal, Indiana Military Volunteer Emblem, Indiana Emergency Service Ribbon, Indiana Long Service Medal (4 Awards), Indiana Recruiting Ribbon, Georgia Olympic Ribbon, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.