Lieutenant Colonel Van Sickle official photo in uniform with flag

LTC Jeff Van Sickle

Executive Officer, Department of Foreign Languages

Instructor of French


LTC Jeff Van Sickle graduated from the US Military Academy in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in French and Spanish and commissioned in the Infantry. As an Infantry officer, he served as a rifle platoon leader, battalion mortar platoon leader, and Long-Range Surveillance Detachment executive officer in the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy (2001-2004), and participated in the Brigade’s airborne assault into northern Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He then completed the Special Forces Qualification Course and served as an ODA Commander and Future Operations Officer in 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, NC (2005-2008). As an ODA Commander, he deployed twice to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and once to Tombouctou, Mali, for OEF – Trans-Sahel.

LTC Van Sickle earned a Master of Arts degree in European Studies from Georgetown University in 2010 and became a European Foreign Area Officer (FAO). LTC Van Sickle’s first FAO assignment was as an Instructor of French in DFL from 2010-2013. He then worked at the US Embassies in Paris, France (2013-2014), and Skopje, North Macedonia (2014-2017), and later served as the Western Europe Branch Chief at US European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, and as the Director of European Affairs at the US Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute in Carlisle Barracks, PA.

LTC Van Sickle is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Infantry Mortar Leader Course, US and French Airborne Schools, Ranger School, the Special Forces Qualification Course, the Military Freefall Basic Course, the Security Cooperation Management Overseas Course, and the Command and General Staff College. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Meritorious Service Medal (3), the Army Commendation Medal (5), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2), the GWOT Expeditionary and Service Medals, and the Combat and Expert Infantryman Badges.

LTC Van Sickle lives at West Point with his wonderful wife and three awesome kids.