Steve Brignoli is a former US Army Special Operations Officer with multiple deployments and field experience. He is also an established businessman and the Managing Director of an Anti-Poaching non-profit, Humanitarian Operations Protecting Elephants (H.O.P.E)As the CEO and Founder of Beyond SOF, a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) he employs veterans full and part time to staff federal and commercial jobs with veterans. Steve also consults 7 technology companies, including startups, to provide them a path toward Government funding and eventually tech transition the Warfighter.
Steve’s background as a Special Forces Detachment Commander for 10th Special Forces had a primary focus on Special Reconnaissance and Foreign Training in the Trans Sahel Region of Northern Africa. He was also a Special Operations Task Unit Commander for TF 10 in Afghanistan responsible for US/Romanian Special Reconnaissance and Direct-Action Missions in RC-East.
Prior to Special Forces, Steve was one of the first lieutenants in the newly reactivated 2-503rd in the recently reactivated 173rd Airborne back in 2001. He served as a Rifle Platoon Leader for 2nd PLT, Able Co, which was the Brigade main effort in an airfield seizure in Czech Republic, followed by a NEO in Hungary. Steve served as the 2-503rd S&T Platoon Leader, Assistant S4, and Chosen Company XO in Iraq. As a 1st LT he planned, led and executed the Brigade Air Load and heavy drop of 64 vehicles into Bashur Airfield in Northern Iraq
Steve has worked for the DIA as Senior Consultant/Analyst, deploying to Afghanistan to liase for the DIA between FBI, DEA, ISAF SOF, and other Intelligence Organizations for target development and prosecution of leading nefarious actors affecting Afghan/Paki/US relations.
Steve served as the Joint Special Operations Command Portfolio Manager for Transitioning technologies at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), helping transition 11 programs totally $2.6B in taxpayer invested defense technology to JSOC and SOCOM.
Steve received his Bachelor’s Degree in fine art and graphic design at Furman University. Steve’s number one priority is that of being a father to his 10 year old son, Valor.
Chapter Vice President-Bill Connoly
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Chapter Treasurer- LTC Dana Savage
LTC Savage in Center
Dana Savage was commissioned as an Engineer officer, upon graduation from West Point, in June 2001. During her 18 years of active duty, she has been stationed in such diverse locations as Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Kansas City, Missouri; Baltimore, Mary-
land; Bamberg, Germany; Vicenza, Italy; San Antonio, Texas; and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. She has over 55 deployment-months, in response to requirements in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, and Puerto Rico.
As a Captain, Dana was as- signed to the Southern Euro- pean Task Force (Airborne) in Vicenza, Italy, and deployed to Afghanistan, in support
of Operation Enduring Freedom V, as the CJTF-76 CJ17 (Engineer) Operations Officer. She served in the SETAF G- 3 Transformation Cell, spearhead- ing the 173rd Combat Brigade’s transformation to an Airborne Bri- gade Combat Team.
In 2006, she was one of the first females assigned to the newly transformed 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. After serving as the Brigade Engineer, she deployed with Task Force Bayonet to Afghanistan, to support Operation Enduring Freedom VIII, where she also served on Brigade HQStaff as Officer-in-Charge of the Brigade’s Joint Visitors Bu- reau.
In November 2007, Dana took command of Headquarters and Headquarters Company 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan. She served as the Company Commander until redeployment, in January 2009.
LTC Savage is currently stationed in Texas, where she commands the 512th Engineer Detachment (Geospatial Planning Cell), US Army South. In addition to her military career, Dana is also an owner/ partner of both Brass Bullet Coffee Company and Rick’s Roasters Coffee Company.