Major General Eric Wesley is currently serving as the Commanding General, Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, Georgia.
MG Wesley was commissioned as an Armor Officer from the United States Military Academy in 1986. He began his career as a Tank Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, and Battalion Logistics Officer in 2-70 Armor of the 1st Armored Division in Germany. In May 1991, he was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas where he commanded a tank company in 1-34 Armor until Dec 1993. He then spent three and a half years with the United States Army Special Operations Command, and deployed in support of operations in Bosnia.
In June of 1998, he was assigned to the 2nd Brigade of the 3d Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia, where he served as a Battalion and Brigade Operations Officer and the Brigade Executive Officer. In September 2002, he deployed with 2nd Brigade to Operation Desert Spring in Kuwait, followed by Operation Iraqi Freedom, where 2nd Brigade led the 3rd Infantry Division's attack into Baghdad. Upon redeployment, he led the staff effort to move the division to a modular organization.
MG Wesley returned to Fort Riley in June of 2004 and assumed command of a tank battalion, the 1st Battalion, 13th Armor. He deployed the "13th Tank" back to Iraq for combat operations in Baghdad from January 2005 to January 2006. Upon relinquishing command, he remained at Fort Riley serving as the Operations Officer of the 1st Infantry Division until June of 2007. One year later, he returned to the Big Red One and assumed command of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. After command, he deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan where he served as the Chief of Future Operations for the International Security Assistance Force. He then served for two years in the White House on the National Security Council as the Director for Afghanistan-Pakistan Policy. He later returned to Afghanistan where he was the Director for Plans, ISAF Joint Command in Afghanistan. He later served as the Deputy Commanding General (Support) for the 1st Infantry Division. He most recently served on the Army Staff as G8, Deputy PAE.
MG Wesley's military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Armor Officer Advanced Course, and the Command and General Staff College. He is a graduate of the National War College, earning a Master's Degree in National Security Strategy. Eric also holds a Master's Degree in International Relations from Troy State University.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Joint Service Commendation Medal. He has also earned the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab.
Brigadier General John F. King assumed duties as the Deputy Commanding General, Army National Guard, Maneuver Center of Excellence Fort Benning, GA January 2015. General King is also dual-hatted as the Director of Joint Staff, Georgia National Guard. As Director of Joint Staff, he is responsible for managing programs and operations for the Georgia Joint Staff supporting Soldiers, Airmen and Civilians of the Georgia National Guard.
General King was commissioned as a second lieutenant in June 1985 at Georgia Military Institute in Macon, Georgia. He has commanded at all levels most recently serving as Commander, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. General King deployed as Senior Advisor to the Afghan Deputy Minister for Security, and held multiple other key command and staff positions.
Brigadier General John Kolasheski, U.S. Army, is the 50th Chief of Armor and the Commandant of the U.S. Army Armor School located at Fort Benning, Georgia.
His previous tours include Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver) for the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas; Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Communications for Headquarters, Resolute Support / Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) / Operation Enduring Freedom with duty in Kabul, Afghanistan (2014-2015); Executive Officer to the Commanding General U.S. Army Forces Command with duty at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Senior U.S. Army Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations with duty in New York City; Brigade Commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and Combined TF Warhorse with duty in support of the International Security Assistance Force in Kandahar City, Afghanistan (2011-2012); Squadron Commander, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Georgia with duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad, Iraq (2007-2008); Special Assistant to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army in Heidelberg, Germany; Brigade Operations Officer, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Schweinfurt, Germany with duty in support of Operation Iraq Freedom in Tikrit, Iraq (2004-2005); Deputy Division G3 (Operations officer), 1st Infantry Division at Wurzburg, Germany with duty in support of Operation Iraq Freedom in Mardin, Turkey; Executive Officer, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany; Tank and Headquarters Company Commander, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas and in support of Operation Desert Strike in Kuwait; and Tank / Mortar Platoon leader / Company Executive Officer, 3rd Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colorado.
Kolasheski has held a variety of operational assignments both in the continental United States and abroad. He is a graduate of Bucknell University and holds Masters Degrees in Engineering Management and Simulations/Training Systems Design from the University of Central Florida and in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (3 awards), Bronze Star Medal (3 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Afghan Campaign Medal (3 stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (3 stars), NATO Medal, NATO Meritorious Service Medal (1 award), Ranger Tab, Combat Action Badge, and U.S. Army Airborne wings.
Brigadier General Jones was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1985. Throughout his career, BG Jones has served in numerous staff and leadership positions, both in the continental United States and overseas, and commanded from Company through Brigade.
BG Jones' command assignments include Commander, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, GA while serving in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) & Operation NEW DAWN; Commander, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry, 1st Armored Division during OIF 1; Commander, C Company, 1 - 6th Infantry, 1st Armored Division, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Vilseck, Germany.
BG Jones' principal staff assignments include Deputy Commanding General – Support, 3rd Infantry Division, Ft. Stewart, GA; Executive Officer to the Secretary of the Army, at the Pentagon; Chief, Joint Interagency Task Force-Iraq, Headquarters Multi-National Force-Iraq; Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, 1st Armored Division, Wiesbaden, Germany; Executive Officer, 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany; Deputy Chief of Staff, Multinational Brigade (East) TASK FORCE FALCON, Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo; Operations Officer (S-3), 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division; Executive Officer, 1 - 18th Infantry; and Chief of Plans, 1st Infantry Division, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Wurzburg, Germany.
Prior to his arrival at the Maneuver Center of Excellence, he most recently served as the Director of Future Plans (CJ35), International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, later Resolute Support Mission Joint Command, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, OPERATION FREEDOM'S SENTINEL, Afghanistan. Brigadier General Jones assumed duties as the Infantry School Commandant and Chief of Infantry on 28 September 2015.
His awards include: the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge and the Army Staff Badge.
Command Sergeant Major Timothy L. Metheny enlisted in the Army from Cape Girardeau, Missouri in 1990. He completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky to receive the MOS 19D Calvary Scout.
CSM Metheny has served in every enlisted leadership position from Team Leader, Squad Leader, Section Sergeant, Drill Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Platoon Leader, First Sergeant, Operations Sergeant Major, and Command Sergeant Major. CSM Metheny's previous assignments include 3-12IN, 5-12 CAV, 2-8 IN, 2-18 IN, 3-73 AR (ABN), 1-17 CAV (ABN), 1-509 IN (ABN), 5-15 CAV, 2-46 IN, 3-505PIR (ABN), 5-73CAV (ABN), Deputy Commandant of the Fort Knox Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Command Sergeant Major of 3-8 Cavalry, and most recently as the Commandant of the Henry Caro Noncommissioned Officers Academy.
He is a graduate of Ranger School, Pathfinder School, BFV Master Gunner Course, Scout Platoon Leaders Course, SERE Level B course, Airborne and Jumpmaster Schools, French Commando School, Drill Sergeant School, and has completed all levels of the Noncommissioned Officers Education System.
CSM Metheny's operational deployments include three OIF rotations in Iraq and a Humanitarian Assistance Deployment to New Orleans ISO Hurricane Katrina. CSM Metheny's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with V device, Bronze Star with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with V device, the Army Commendation Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal ninth award, the Army Good Conduct Medal seventh award, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Humanitarian Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, Egyptian, British and Canadian Parachutist Badge, German Shuzenschnur (Gold) and Driver's Badge wheeled and tracked. In May of 2015, CSM Metheny was selected as the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, GA., Command Sergeant Major.
In addition, CSM Metheny has been inducted into the Order of St. George and is a member of Excellence in Armor.
Command Sergeant Major Alan K. Hummel enlisted in the United States Army in 1987 and attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Knox Kentucky. Upon completion he was awarded the Military Occupational Specialty of 19K, Armored Crewman. Throughout his career, Command Sergeant Major Hummel has served in many enlisted positions from, Gunner, Tank Commander, Master Gunner, Operations Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, AC/RC Division Adviser, First Sergeant, Operations Sergeant Major, Senior Enlisted Trainer with Operations Group NTC, 3-1 CAV Squadron CSM, 4th IBCT CSM, and now U.S. Army Armor School CSM. Command Sergeant Major Hummel's military education includes WLC, ALC, SLC, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Abrams Master Gunner Course, Battle Staff Course, and First Sergeants Course. He is a graduate of class 56 of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. He has earned his Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from Excelsior University. CSM Hummel's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, South West Asia Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, NCO Professionalism Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, South West Asia Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), South West Asia Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, and the Army Superior Unit Award. Additionally he has been awarded the Combat Action Badge, Order of Saint George, German Schützenschnur(silver).
Command Sergeant Major Brady was born and raised near Dennison, Ohio. He began his career in the United States Army in July 1988. After completing Infantry Basic Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, Georgia, CSM Brady was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
CSM Brady has held every leadership position from Team Leader to Brigade Command Sergeant Major. His assignments include: Rifleman, M60 Machine Gunner, and Team Leader Company A, 4/27th Infantry (Wolfhounds), 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, HI; Scout Team Leader, Squad Leader, and Assistant Operations NCO HHC, 1/504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC; Ranger Indoctrination Program 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, GA; Jeep and Bike Squad Leader, JCT/CSAR Platoon Sergeant, Assistant Operation NCO, Liaison NCO, Operations NCO, First Sergeant and Commandant (RIP, ROP, and Pre-Ranger) Company C, 3d Ranger Battalion, HHC 3d Ranger Battalion and HHC 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, GA; Operations Sergeant Major, HHC 1st Ranger Battalion, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, GA; Operations Sergeant Major, HHC 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, GA; Battalion Command Sergeant Major, 1-19th Infantry OSUT, Fort Benning, GA; Battalion Command Sergeant Major, 2-353 Infantry Battalion, Fort Polk, LA. CSM Brady’s most recent assignment was Brigade Command Sergeant Major, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.
CSM Brady has completed all levels of the Non-Commissioned Officers’ Education System and is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Course Class 57. He is a graduate of Ranger, Basic Airborne, Pathfinder, Air Assault, Jumpmaster, Toxic Agent, Jungle Warfare, and Battle Staff courses.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star (1 oak leaf cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (4 oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (5 oak leaf clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (1 oak leaf cluster), Good Conduct Medal (8th award), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 4), National Defense Service Medal (2d award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Multinational Forces and Observers Medal, Saudi Arabia Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, both the Combat Infantryman Badge and Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, and German Parachutist Badge.
Mr. Don Sando was selected to the Senior Executive Service in February 2008 and is currently assigned as the Deputy to the Commanding General and Director of Capabilities Development and Integration for the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia. As Director, Mr. Sando is responsible for conducting analysis and experimentation for the maneuver force, developing operational concepts and organizational designs, describing required materiel capabilities, and integrating solutions to support Army, joint, interagency, and multinational organizations.
Mr. Sando graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1981. He holds a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.
Mr. Sando culminated over 26 years of active duty service as Director of the Infantry Futures Group, U.S. Army Infantry Center, Fort Benning, Georgia. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
Andrew Cole, Jr., entered Active Duty after completing the ROTC Program at Texas Tech University in 1991. His first assignment was in the Republic of Korea, serving with the 4th and 5th Battalions, 501st Aviation Regiment (ATK) as an OH-58 Scout Platoon Leader and Assistant S3. Following his return stateside to Fort Hood, Texas in 1993, COL Cole served with the 2nd Armored Division’s Aviation Brigade as a Liaison Officer within the Brigade S3 and as a Battalion Adjutant with 2nd Battalion, 502nd Aviation Regiment. Upon completing the Aviation Officer’s Advanced Course at Fort Rucker, AL in 1996, COL Cole was assigned to 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment in the Republic of Panama, where he served as the Battalion S4 Officer, and Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, United States Army South. Upon completing commands of Headquarters Company and Alpha Company, 1-228th Aviation Regiment in 1999, COL Cole was assigned to Headquarters, United States Army Japan where he served as the Deputy Inspector General.
Following completion of Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in 2002, COL Cole assumed duties as the Brigade S4 Officer for the 12th Aviation Brigade and the Executive Officer for 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, located at Giebelstadt, Germany. Upon returning from OIF- 1, COL Cole was assigned to Aviano Air Force Base, Italy where he assumed command of B Company, 5-158th Aviation Regiment until the unit’s deactivation in 2006. COL Cole then served in Joint Assignments with NATO as the J5 Planner for the Balkans and later as Executive Officer and Military Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Allied Joint Forces Command – Naples. His next assignment was to Fort Riley, Kansas where COL Cole assumed Command of the 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion (AHB), 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade on 14 February 2009, and returned to Iraq for OIF 10-11 and Operation New Dawn as the USD-North Aviation Task Force Nightmare Commander. Following Command COL Cole proceeded to the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA and upon completion was assigned to the Mission Command Training Program (MCTP) at Fort Leavenworth, KS, as the Operations Group Alpha Deputy Chief. 18 July 2013- 30 July 2016, COL Cole served as Garrison Commander at Fort Riley, KS. Currently, COL Cole serves as the 8th, MCoE Chief of Staff.
COL Cole is a graduate of the Aviation Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, Air Assault, Airborne and Ranger Courses, the Inspector General’s Course, the Command and General Staff College and the US Army War College. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.
COL Andrew C. Hilmes earned his commission as an Armor Officer in 1995 from the United States Military Academy. Upon completion of the Armor Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as a Tank Platoon Leader, Tank Company Executive Officer, Support Platoon Leader, and Battalion S4. While serving with the "Mustangs," COL Hilmes deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina, in support of Operation Joint Forge, from 1998-1999.
Following completion of the Infantry Captains Career Course in 2000, COL Hilmes was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia, where he served as Assistant Battalion Operations Officer and again deployed to Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Forge from 2000-2001. Upon return from Bosnia, COL Hilmes took command of Headquarters Company, 1-64 Armor in June 2001. He took command of A Company, 1-64 Armor in May 2002 and deployed to Kuwait in September 2002 for what ultimately became the initial ground invasion of Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom. COL Hilmes was assigned as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, 3rd Infantry Division, after redeploying his company from Iraq in August 2003.
Upon graduation from the US Army Command and General Staff College (2006) and School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) with a Masters Degree in 2007, COL Hilmes was assigned as a Plans Officer in the Headquarters of the 1st Cavalry Division, Baghdad, Iraq. Upon redeployment from Iraq, he was assigned as the Operations Officer, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood in April 2008. COL Hilmes deployed with 1/7 Cavalry to Iraq in February 2009, became the Squadron Executive Officer in April 2009 and remained in position through June 2010.
COL Hilmes commanded 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, at Fort Benning, GA from January 7, 2011 until May 1, 2013. Following command, COL Hilmes served as the G3 (Operations Officer), for the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning. He recently graduated from the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL with a second Masters Degree.
Among COL Hilmes' awards are the Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. His badges include the Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
CSM Floyd is a native of Perkasie, Pennsylvania and entered the Army July 1988. He attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, GA. CSM Floyd has served in every various Infantry assignment ranging from Light Infantry, Airborne, Mechanized, and Stryker. He has served in every leadership position from Team Leader, Squad Leader, Mortar Platoon Sergeant, Bradley Platoon Sergeant, Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant, to his current position as Command Sergeant Major.
His assignments included: The 25 Infantry Division (Schofield Barracks, Hawaii), 10th Mountain Division (Ft Drum, N.Y.), Joint Readiness Training Center (FT. Polk, LA.), 1st Infantry Division (Germany),2nd Infantry Division (JBLM, WA.), 6th Ranger Training Battalion (Eglin, AFB FL). To his current position as the Fort Benning Garrison Command Sergeant Major.
CSM Floyd has deployed to Haiti, Kosovo, Operation Iraqi Freedom II, Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08, and Operation Enduring Freedom 09-10.
CSM Floyd's military education includes the Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Maneuver Senior Leaders Course, the Ranger Indoctrination Program, Ranger School, Jumpmaster School, Pathfinder School, Air Assault School, Basic Airborne School, Rappel Master School, Malaysian Combat Tracker/Survival Course, Foreign Weapons Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Tactical Certification Course, and the United States Army Sergeant's Major Course (Class 62).
CSM Floyd's awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutists Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, South Korean Jump Wings, Bronze Star Medal w/ 2 OLC, Army Meritorious Service Medal w/ 3 OLC, Army Commendation Medal w/ 4 OLC, Army Achievement Medal w/ 1 SOLC, The Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award w/ 1 OLC , The Joint Meritorious Unit Award, The Meritorious Unit Citation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, NATO Medal, Humanitarian Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medal. CSM Floyd is a member of the Order of Saint Maurice.