Col. Brey Hopkins

Commander, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain)

Col. Brey Hopkins is the Commander, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), Vermont National Guard. Colonel Hopkins entered active duty in 1989 as a Regular Army Infantry Officer following graduation as a Distinguished Military Student from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. Serving in the 82nd Airborne Division from 1989-2004, Colonel Hopkins held the positions of Rifle Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Scout Platoon Leader, and Deputy Secretary General Staff; he completed his assignment as the Aide de Camp to the Commanding General. He deployed to Saudi Arabia and Iraq with the 82nd Airborne during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and conducted humanitarian relief operations in Dade County, Florida, following landfall of Hurricane Andrew. Following professional military education, Colonel Hopkins returned to his alma mater where he served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science. His final three years of active duty were spent with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as a Brigade Plans Officer and Company Commander. In 1999, Colonel Hopkins left regular army service and held positions in corporate executive management within the logistics and energy sectors prior to reentering uniformed service in 2008 as a Colorado Guardsman. While serving in the Colorado National Guard, Colonel Hopkins held positions as the Operations and Executive Officer for 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment, and as the Joint Task Force Centennial Current Plans Officer (J-3/5) and Deputy G3. Colonel Hopkins assumed command of 1-157st Infantry in 2013 and successfully commanded for almost three years. Following resident completion of Air War College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, Colonel Hopkins returned to the Colorado National Guard where he served as the Director of Plans, Operations and Military Support (J-3/5). Colonel Hopkins has served at every echelon from platoon to division, is a Joint Qualified Officer (3L) and is Dual Status Command qualified. His civilian occupation is service as the Deputy Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Airborne School
Northern Warfare Orientation Course
Ranger School (Honor Graduate)
Infantry Officer Basic Course
Jumpmaster Course
School of Cadet Command
Air Assault Course
Combined Arms Services Staff School
Intermediate Level Education
Air War College (residency)

Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Army Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with one service star
Humanitarian Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon
Defense of Saudi Arabia Service Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal
Meritorious Unit Commendation

Combat Infantryman Badge
Air Assault Badge 
Senior Parachutist Badge
Ranger Tab.