Toni K. Sabo
Commander, 229th Military Intelligence Battalion
Lieutenant Colonel Toni K. Sabo has been serving as the Commander of the 229th Military Intelligence Battalion since July 8, 2016.
Born in Ocala, Florida, the daughter of a World War II Army Veteran and a costume designer for stage theatre, Lieutenant Colonel Sabo enlisted in the Army in 1992 to learn Chinese Mandarin as part of her mission in Army Intelligence. She spent her first year in the Army as a student with A Company, 229th Military Intelligence Battalion (DLIFLC). Following graduation from DLI in 1993, she served as a Voice Intercept Operator with the 733rd MI BN at Kunia, Hawai’i.
She pursued a Green-to-Gold Scholarship through the Reserve Officer Training Corps Warrior Battalion at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. She was commissioned in December 1997 and was assigned to the 902d MI Group as a new lieutenant in 1998, first as a training officer and later as the S2 for the 308th MI BN, then as Group XO and later as the Commander for the Fort Huachuca MI Detachment. In late 2003, then-Captain Sabo helped as the 902d assembled Task Force Vigilant Freedom under the flag of the 310th MI BN. She deployed to Iraq in 2004 as the TF Operations & Intelligence Officer.
After tours in Iraq and Korea, Lieutenant Colonel Sabo earned her Master’s Degree in English in 2008 from the University of Maryland at College Park. Her studies in composition and rhetoric prepared her to teach in the Department of English & Philosophy at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She considers her teaching assignment and her contributions to building the future corps of Army officers one of the most gratifying of her career.
In the summer of 2010 Lieutenant Colonel Sabo began working as the senior speechwriter on the advisory group for the 4-Star Commander of U.S. Central Command who soon assumed Command for the International Security Assistance Force & U.S. Forces-Afghanistan. She returned from deployment to the Joint Intelligence Center at Central Command in 2011 where she worked as Chief of Production.
She next served as the speechwriter to the Secretary of the Army from 2012-2014. While assigned to the Pentagon, she earned her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. In the spring of 2014, Lieutenant Colonel Sabo returned to the 902d MI Group to serve as the Deputy Commander and Executive Officer for the Army’s largest counterintelligence brigade.