COL Brian Fickel is the Director of the Army Public Affairs Center located at Fort Meade, Maryland. The Army Public Affairs Center serves as the Proponency Executive Agent for the Chief of Public Affairs. It is responsible for Army Public Affairs doctrine, organization structures, training and education, capabilities, and policy.
His public affairs career began in 2007 following his graduation from Defense Information School at Fort Meade. Since then, he has advised commanders at the U.S. Army division-level and above. He most recently served as the public affairs advisor to the Chief of Staff of the United States Army.
Prior to becoming an Army public affairs officer, COL Fickel began his Army career as a logistician after graduating Dickinson College in 1998. His first assignment was as a quartermaster officer at Fort Bragg where he served as a platoon leader, battalion staff officer, and aide de camp in a Corps-level logistics unit. Following training, he served as a brigade staff officer in the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea followed by brigade staff and later command of an aerial delivery company in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.
Following company command, Fickel accessed into public affairs. Following public affairs training at Fort Meade, Fickel served as a speechwriter and public affairs officer to a corps commander followed by a deputy division public affairs officer. Following the division assignment, Fickel advised the senior mission commander in Iraq and advised the U.S. Central Command commander from 2013-2016. He then served as the 3rd Infantry Division public affairs officer from 2016-2018.
Fickel has two deployments to Iraq from 2008-2011 and one deployment to Afghanistan from 2017-2018.
His military education includes: the quartermaster officer basic and advanced courses, airborne and jumpmaster, aerial delivery and material, petroleum officer, combined arms and staff school, public affairs officer, intermediate level education, and the United States Army War College.
His civilian education includes a BA in Policy Studies from Dickinson College, a MA in Management from Webster University, and a MS in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University. He also holds a Master of Strategic Studies with concentration in cyber security from the US Army War College.
Fickel is married for over 23 years to his wife, Heather. They have two children, Rebecca and Benjamin.