American Forces Network Europe
LTC Stephen C. Short
Lieutenant Colonel Stephen C. Short assumed responsibility as Director of American Forces Network -Europe October 15, 2017. As Director, he leads a team of 250 joint military, civilian and local national professionals across 10 countries, four time zones, and ships at sea that provide command information, news, and entertainment to the American military community overseas.
He attended Murray State University and graduated in 1997 as a Second Lieutenant, Military Police Corps. From 1997 to 2008, he has served as a platoon leader, executive officer, provost marshal operations officer at Fort Bliss, Texas; U.S. Army South G3 Future Operations Officer at Fort Sam Houston Texas; USAG Ansbach, Director of Emergency Services, and Headquarters, Headquarters Detachment Commander at USAG Ansbach, Germany.
Following his graduation from the Defense Information School, Public Affairs Qualification Course in 2008, he was assigned as a public affairs officer to the 172nd Infantry Brigade and deployed to Iraq. He served as Deputy PAO at U.S. Army North, public affairs instructor at the Defense Information School, AFPAK Hands Public Affairs Advisor with Resolute Support HQ’s NATO Afghanistan, and a staff officer with U.S. Army Public Affairs at the Pentagon.
Command Sergeant Major
American Forces Network Europe
CSM Thomas D. Clementson
Command Sergeant Major Thomas D. Clementson serves as the senior enlisted leader for the American Forces Network - Europe. CSM Clementson has held a variety of staff and leadership positions throughout his career ranging from broadcast detachment commander, section leader, and senior enlisted leader.
As the public affairs senior enlisted leader, CSM Clementson serves as the commander’s personal advisor on all training, readiness, health and welfare, and public affairs-related matters. He is also the DoD’s senior enlisted Public Affairs professional in Europe, responsible for advising on professional development and career counselling for all public affairs enlisted Service Members.
He sits on a variety of Army boards and councils that make decisions affecting public affairs Soldiers and their families and routinely works to shape force structure and doctrinal changes for the future.
CSM Clementson was born in Petoskey, Michigan and entered the Army in Lansing, Michigan in September 1992. He attended basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and attended basic broadcaster training at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, graduating as a Broadcast Specialist.
CSM Clementson has served in a variety of broadcast and public affairs positions as a combat correspondent, broadcast specialist, broadcast section NCOIC, operations and battle staff NCO, broadcast detachment commander, public affairs section NCOIC, and public affairs senior enlisted leader. He has served in the 49th Public Affairs Detachment (PAD), American Forces Network Europe, 82nd Airborne Division, 25th Infantry Division, I Corps, ISAF Joint Command, the XVIII Airborne Corps, and the 24th Press Camp Headquarters. He has served on numerous deployments including tours in Bosnia, Kuwait and Iraq, and three tours in Afghanistan.
CSM Clementson’s military and civilian education includes all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System, Joint Public Affairs Supervisor Course, Broadcast Management Course, Information Operations Plans and Capabilities Course, Training with Industry, Basic Airborne Course, and various other professional development courses. He holds a Masters in Leadership Studies degree from the University of Texas – El Paso, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Studies with a double minor in Management and History.
CSM Clementson’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2nd OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (4th OLC), Army Commendation Medal (8th OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2nd OLC), NATO Medal (2nd Bronze Star), and the Basic Parachutist Badge.
CSM Clementson is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the National Communication Association, the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and the Golden Key International Honor Society. He is an active runner, enjoys training his dogs, and is an avid reader.