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Colonel Steinbrecher retires after 39 years of service

PA-001-19 | June 16, 2021


FORT BLISS, Texas – Col. Wallace E. Steinbrecher, after serving 39 years, retires from the U. S. Army National Guard on June 16, while serving as Deputy Commander for Joint Task Force North, Ft. Bliss, Texas. He is a native of Tate, Georgia and joined the Army as an enlisted Soldier in 1982.

Maj. Gen. Randall V. Simmons, Jr. will host the ceremony which will be held at Joint Task Force North at 3:30MDT on Jun. 16 at the JTF-N headquarters. In attendance will be Command Sergeant Major Jeff Logan, State Command Sergeant Major, Georgia.

When asked, what comes next after wearing the uniform for the last time, he stated, “When you do something like this for as long as I have, it’s hard to go from full throttle to hard stop and it’s hard to envision what it’s going to look like when you’re at full stop.”

Col. Steinbrecher is a retired Supervisory Special Agent for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with over 30 years of service in ICE and the U.S. Border Patrol. He is a graduate of the 210th session of the FBI National Academy. He is the previous Commander of the Emergency Response Team for the U.S. Border Patrol, Commander of the El Paso Drug Task Force, Mounted Patrol Supervisor, and K9 Unit Supervisor. He served for many years at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) as a Supervisory Course Developer and Instructor.

As an avid reader and historian by hobby, Col. Steinbrecher’s favorite quote is by Gen. Robert E. Lee, “Duty is the sublimest word in the language; you can never do more than your duty; you should never wish to do less.”

For further information or to schedule an interview with Col. Steinbrecher, please contact the JTF-N Public Affairs Officer listed below.

JTF-N is a Defense Department joint task force tasked to support the United States’ federal law enforcement agencies with military capabilities in support of counter transnational criminal organization activities.


  • Eduardo Natividad
  • Phone:915-741-7621
  • Cell: 915-472-2323