Col. Jonathan S. Stover grew up in the small coastal community of Scarborough, Maine. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1997 from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
His first assignment was with the First Cavalry Division in Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as a line platoon leader, assault and obstacle platoon leader, and company executive officer in the 91st Engineer Battalion, where he deployed to Bosnia/Herzegovina.
Following the Engineer Officer Advanced Course in 2001, has was assigned as the Brigade Adjutant and Assistant S3 Operations for the 130th Engineer Brigade. He took command of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 54th Engineer Battalion, where he deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
After command, Col. Stover completed a tour with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, deploying three times to Iraq, and serving as a Project Manager, Resident Engineer, and Deputy District Commander.
Following his assignment with USACE, Col. Stover served as the Director of Engineering for a special mission unit under U.S. Special Operations Command.
Col. Stover took command of the 92nd Engineer Battalion (Construction), 20th Engineer Brigade, based in Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Following battalion command, he attended the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. His most recent assignment was as the Joint Operations Center Chief for U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany.
Col. Stover is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Engineer Captain’s Career Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, SERE school, and the U.S. Army War College. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Science degree in Construction Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla, a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies from Carlisle. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Maine.
His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters. He is authorized to wear the Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
Col. Stover is married to the former Katie Trodden of Reno, Nevada. They have three young children, Lincoln, Nolan and Hazel.