Vice Provost for Learning Systems (VPLS)

The Vice Provost for Learning Systems is responsible for Army University efforts toward Goal 3, Better Management. Functions include staff management of TRADOC core function Education (Governance, Policy, identity requirements and resource common educational requirements), synchronizing professional military education across officer, warrant officer, non-commissioned officer and civilian cohorts to ensure vertical and horizontal integration and alignment, approve new and emerging educational requirements within Professional Military Education, synchronizing the Army's credentialing efforts to align with Army requirements and Soldier-for-Life initiatives, coordination and execution of the Army Learning Coordination Council and support to other Army governance forums, and point of entry for Operational Force feedback.


A prior service enlisted Soldier, COL Greg Penfield is a 1993 graduate of Oklahoma State University. Commissioned as an Armor officer, he served as a tank platoon leader, company executive officer, battalion S3 Air, and battalion adjutant in 3-66 Armor at Fort Hood, TX. After attending the Armor Officer Advance Course, COL Penfield taught ROTC as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Southwest Missouri State University. He next commanded A Company, 1-33 AR and HHT, 1-14 Cavalry at Fort Lewis, WA. Returning to Fort Knox, COL Penfield developed future force concepts before his selection to attend the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS.

Assigned once again to Fort Lewis, COL Penfield served on the I Corps G35 staff before deploying for 15 months as the senior future operations planner for Multi-National Corps Iraq. Assigned next to Fort Leavenworth, KS, COL Penfield served as the Chief, Deputy Commanding General’s Initiative’s Group and as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G3 (Operations) for CAC-Leader Development and Education. While serving in this position, he deployed to support the United States Forces-Iraq J5 staff. Completing his G3 assignment, COL Penfield deployed as the Deputy J5 (Plans and Policy), US Forces-Afghanistan.

COL Penfield next taught strategy at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College before his selection attend Senior Service College. After graduation, he returned to Fort Leavenworth as the Director, Department of Joint, Interagency, and Multinational Operations (DJIMO). Assigned next to Fort Hood as the III Corps ACoS G5, COL Penfield deployed with the Corps staff to Kuwait as the CJTF-OIR Deputy CJ5 and Chief, Strategy and Plans. COL Penfield is currently serving as the Army University’s Vice Provost for Learning Systems.

COL Penfield is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA earning a M.S. in National Security and Strategic Studies. He also earned a M.A. in Management and Leadership from Webster University.

His awards and decorations include: the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Joint Service Commendation Medal (4), Army Commendation Medal (8), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (5), Afghanistan Campaign Medal with battle star, Iraq Campaign Medal with 3 battle stars, Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal with 2 stars, Korea Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the NATO Campaign Medal-Afghanistan, and the Expert Infantry Badge.

COL Penfield is married and has two children.