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Major General Eric J. Wesley
Commanding General,
U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence

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 Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence

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Brigadier General John F. King
Deputy Commanding General,
U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence

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.


EDUCATION:
  • 1997 Brenau University, Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice, Gainesville, Georgia
  • 2010 Combined Arms and Service Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • 2012 United States Army War College, by correspondence

ASSIGNMENTS:

  1. June 1985 - August 1989, Platoon Leader, Company C, 1st Battalion, 108th Calvary, 48th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Dalton, Georgia
  2. August 1989 - November 1990, Executive Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company(-), 1st Battalion, 108th Calvary, 48th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Calhoun, Georgia
  3. November 1990 - March 1992, Commander, Company D, 1st Battalion, 108th Calvary, 48th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Canton, Georgia
  4. March 1992 - January 1996, Commander, Troop E, 1st Battalion, 108th Calvary, 48th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Griffin, Georgia
  5. January 1996 - July 1997, S1, Headquarters and Headquarters Company(-), 1st Battalion, 108th Calvary, 48th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Calhoun, Georgia
  6. August 1997 - June 1998, Financial Manager, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, State Area Command, Ellenwood, Georgia
  7. June 1998 - December 2000, S3, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 108th Calvary, 48th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Calhoun, Georgia
  8. December 2000 - March 2001, Plans Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 48th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Macon, Georgia
  9. March 2001 - July 2001, Multi-National Division (North), Security Force, Chief of Operations, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), Bosnia, Herzegovina
  10. July 2001 - March 2002, Plans Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 48th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Macon, Georgia
  11. March 2002 - August 2002, JS3, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 48th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Macon, Georgia
  12. September 2002 - December 2006, Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop(-), 1st Battalion, 108th Calvary, 48th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Calhoun, Georgia
  13. December 2007 - April 2009, Deputy Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Macon, Georgia
  14. April 2009 - June 2010, Senior Advisor to the Afghan Deputy Minister for Security, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Training Command- Afghanistan, Camp Eggers, Afghanistan
  15. June 2010 - October 2010, Deputy Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Macon, Georgia
  16. October 2010 - February 2013, Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 48th Infantry Brigade, Macon, Georgia
  17. February 2013 - Present, Director of Joint Staff, Georgia National Guard, Georgia Army National Guard Element, Joint Forces Headquarters, Marietta, Georgia

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
  • Legion of Merit
  • Bronze Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Meritorious Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Army Commendation Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Army Achievement Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with 2 Bronze Service Stars)
  • Iraq Campaign Medal (with 2 Bronze Service Stars)
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Gold Hourglass, M Device and Numeral 4)
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Overseas Service Ribbon (with Numeral 3)
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal - Operation Joint Forge, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal - International Security Assistance Force
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  • Army Meritorious Unit Commendation
  • Combat Infantry Badge
  • Combat Action Badge
  • The Second Degree Baryal Medal - Operation Enduring Freedom
  • El Salvador Gold Medal of Achievement

CIVILIAN OCCUPATION:
  • Chief of Police, Doraville, Georgia

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
  • Second Lieutenant 29 June 1985
  • First Lieutenant 29 June 1988
  • Captain 27 November 1990
  • Major 01 August 97
  • Lieutenant Colonel 25 September 2002
  • Colonel 20 March 2007
  • Brigadier General 23 May 2013

Brigadier General John S. Kolasheski Armor School Commandant, U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence

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Brigadier General David A. Lesperance
Armor School Commandant,
U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence

Brigadier General Lesperance graduated from Portland State University in 1989 and was commissioned an Armor Officer. His first assignment was with 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Bad Kissingen, Germany where he served as Tank Platoon Leader, Support Platoon Leader and Troop Executive Officer from 1990 to 1993, including a deployment in support of OPERATION DESERT STORM.

Upon graduation from the Infantry Officer Advanced Course in 1993, Brigadier General Lesperance commanded the Cape Girardeau Recruiting Company from 1994 to 1996. He then reported to 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division and served as S-3 Air and later commanded Delta Company and Headquarters and Headquarters Company from 1996 to 1999, including a deployment in support of OPERATION JOINT FORGE. From 1999 to 2001, Brigadier General Lesperance served at the United States Army Infantry School as a Small Group Instructor and Team Chief.

Upon graduation from the Command and General Staff College in 2002, Brigadier General Lesperance served as the Battalion S3 in 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment and later as BCT S3 and XO in 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division from 2002 to 2005, including a deployment in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. He then served as Assistant Deputy Director for Operations, J3, the Joint Staff from 2005 to 2007.

Brigadier General Lesperance served on the Multi-National Division-Baghdad staff in 2007 in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Following this assignment, he commanded 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment from 2008 to 2010, including a deployment in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. He then served as Battalion Senior Trainer at the National Training Center from May 2010 to July 2011. Brigadier General Lesperance graduated from the United States Army War College June 2012.

Brigadier General Lesperance commanded 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division from June 2012 to June 2014; III Armored Corps Chief of Staff from June 2014 to July 2015, Commander of Operations Group, National Training Center from July 2015 until June 2016 and most recently as the Assistant Commanding General, Support, 1st Special Forces Command.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (3 Awards), Bronze Star Medal (3 Awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5 Awards), Army Commendation Medal (3 Awards), Army Achievement Medal (3 Awards), Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge

Brigadier General Peter L. Jones Infantry School Commandant, U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence

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Brigadier General Christopher T. Donahue
Infantry School Commandant,
U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence

Brigadier General Donahue was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Infantry Branch in 1992 from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He has commanded at every echelon from company to brigade. Brigadier General Donahue served as a platoon leader in Korea, Fort Polk, Louisiana and the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia. Following promotion to captain, he served as a rifle company commander in 5th Battalion, 87th Infantry in Camp Kobbe, Panama. He then served as an assistant operations officer, rifle company, and headquarters company commander in 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Brigadier General Donahue subsequently moved to Washington, D.C. and served as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Following his time at the Pentagon, he served as assistant operations officer, squadron operations officer, squadron executive officer, troop commander, selection and training detachment commander, operations officer, squadron commander, and deputy brigade commander (support) within US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After attending Harvard University as a US Army War College Fellow, he returned to Fort Bragg and commanded a brigade within USASOC. He was then assigned as the Director of Operations for the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). His most recent assignment was deputy commanding general (maneuver) of the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson where he deployed in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. He has deployed 16 times in support of operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, North Africa, and Eastern Europe.

His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Naval War College, and the US Army War College Fellowship at Harvard University.

Brigadier General Donahue’s awards and decorations include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (two with “V” device, four Oak Leaf Clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Military Freefall Parachutist Badge and Ranger Tab.

Command Sergeant Major Scott A. Brzak Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence

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Command Sergeant Major Scott A. Brzak
Command Sergeant Major,
U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence

Command Sgt. Maj. Scott A. Brzak became the Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Oct. 13, 2017.

Brzak is a native of Ashley, Michigan. He enlisted as an Infantryman in the U.S. Army Jan. 16, 1991 and attended Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Brzak has served in every leadership position in the Infantry from Team Leader through Command Sergeant Major. His assignments include 3rd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, Fort Drum, New York; 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Richardson, Alaska; 1st Battalion, 504th PIR, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 3rd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, Fort Jackson, South Carolina; 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, Vicenza, Italy; 2nd Battalion, 504th PIR, Fort Bragg and 1st Brigade Combat Team, where he was the brigade command sergeant major. His last assignment before arriving at the Maneuver Center of Excellence was as the 25th Infantry Division command sergeant major at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Brzak also served two tours in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom I and OIF IX) and three tours in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom VI, OEF VIII and OEF XII).

His military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Course, Advanced NCO Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Ranger School, Jumpmaster School, Drill Sergeant School, First Sergeant’s Course and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (one Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal with two “V” devices, Bronze Star Medal (four OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (four OLC), Army Commendation Medal (four OLC), Army Achievement Medal (one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster), Navy Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (seventh knot), National Defense Service Medal (one Bronze Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (two Bronze Stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (two Bronze Stars and Arrowhead Device), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (with Numeral 7), NATO Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Senior Parachutist Wings (with Combat Jump Device), Air Assault Wings and the Drill Sergeant Badge.

Command Sergeant Major Alan K. Hummel Command Sergeant Major, United States Army Armor School

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Command Sergeant Major Alan K. Hummel
Command Sergeant Major,
United States Army Armor School

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 Sch'tzenschnur(silver).

CSM John A. Brady JR. COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR, UNITED STATES ARMY INFANTRY SCHOOL

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Command Sergeant Major Martin S. Celestine
Command Sergeant Major,
United States Army Infantry School

Command Sergeant Major Martin S. Celestine is a native of St. Thomas V.I. and enlisted in the United States Army in August 1990. He completed Infantryman’s One Station Unit Training (OSUT) and Basic Bradley Crew Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. CSM Celestine has served in every leadership position in the Infantry from Team Leader, Bradley Section Sergeant, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Operations Sergeant Major, and Command Sergeant Major.

Throughout CSM Celestine’s 27 years of service, his assignments include: Bradley Fighting Vehicle Infantryman/Rifleman, 2nd -15th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division(M), Schweinfurt, Germany; Bradley Gunner/Dismount Team Leader, 1/5 Cavalry Division(M), Fort Hood, Texas; Bradley Section Sergeant/Squad Leader 1/6 IN, 3rd Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany; Drill Sergeant/Drill Sergeant of Year, 1/19 IN, Fort Benning, Georgia; Platoon Sergeant/First Sergeant, 1/15 IN, 3rd IN Division(M), Fort Benning, Georgia; First Sergeant, 1/30 IN, 3RD IN Division, Fort Benning, Georgia; Senior Enlisted Military Instructor, University Of Central Florida, 6th Brigade Eastern Region Army ROTC; First Sergeant, 1/72 Armored Battalion, Camp Casey Korea; First Sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1/72 Armor Battalion, Camp Casey Korea; First Sergeant, 3/47 IN, Basic Combat Training Brigade, Fort Benning, Georgia; Operation Sergeant Major, 3/47 IN, Basic Combat Training Brigade, Fort Benning, Georgia; and served as the Command Sergeant Major for The Multinational Counter Improvised Explosive Device Observer Controller Training Team, Joint Multinational Training Center Hohenfels, Germany, CSM 1/4 Infantry, CSM 1ST Squadron, 2ND Cavalry Regiment, CSM 2D Calvary Regiment, CSM 1ST Brigade, 1ST Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; CSM 5TH Armor Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas.

CSM Celestine’s awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Ribbon (6th Award), Army Commendation Medal (8th award), Army Commendation Medal (V Device), Army Achievement Medal (5th award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (9th award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal—Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal—Campaign Star, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Non- Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (5th award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th award), NATO Medal, Drill Sergeant Badge, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

CSM Celestine’s deployments include Operation Able Sentry in Macedonia, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Joint Endeavor.

CSM Celestine is a graduate of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle IO Course, Bradley Fighting Vehicle Evaluator Course, Drill Sergeant School, Ranger School, Airborne School, Battle Staff Course Cadre Instructor Training Course, Master Fitness Training Course, Joint Professional Senior Enlisted Course, Combative Levels 3, and a graduate of the United States Sergeants Major Academy, Class 60.

CSM Celestine holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Troy State University and a Certificate of Training in Homeland Security from Webster University.

Mr. Donald M. Sando Deputy to the Commanding General Maneuver Center of Excellence

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Mr. Donald M. Sando
Deputy to the Commanding General,
Maneuver Center of Excellence

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.

Colonel Andrew Cole Jr. Chief of Staff Maneuver Center of Excellence

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Colonel Andrew Cole Jr.
Chief of Staff,
Maneuver Center of Excellence

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 Garrison Commander the Commanding General Maneuver Center of Excellence

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Colonel Clinton W. Cox
Garrison Commander,
Maneuver Center of Excellence

COL Cox was born in Nuremburg, Germany and raised at numerous Army installations. He graduated from Longwood University in 1996 and received his commission in the Infantry. His first assignment was as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Company XO and Battalion Motor Officer in 1-18 IN, 1st Infantry Division at Schweinfurt, Germany, deploying in support of Operations in Bosnia and Macedonia.

In 1999, he graduated from the Armor Captain's Career Course and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) at Fort Campbell, KY, where he served as the Division's Assault Command Post OIC. In 2001-2004, he was reassigned to 3rd Brigade and served as the Brigade Battle Captain and Commander, Alpha Company 3-187 IN during the start of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq in support of the Global War on Terrorism. After redeploying from Iraq he was selected to organize and assume command of the Army's Experimental Force Company at Fort Benning, GA. After this command, he attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

From 2006-2011, he returned to the 101st Airborne Division as a Major with duty in the G3 current operations and as the CJTF-101 Joint Operations Center Chief during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF). He then deployed to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and assumed duties as the S3, and later XO for 2-502 IN, 2nd BCT, 101st. In 2009 he assumed duties as the Operations Officer for 2nd BCT "STRIKE" preparing the BCT and then deploying to southern Afghanistan, as part of the 2010-11 surge to defeat the insurgency in Kandahar Province.

From 2011-2013, COL Cox commanded 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd BCT, 101st and deployed to OEF where he advised and assisted the 3rd Brigade, 203rd Afghan National Army. In 2014, COL Cox attended the National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington DC. Following Senior Service College graduation, COL Cox was assigned to the Joint Staff, J3 Operations Directorate, where he serves in the J35 Joint Operations Division, Global Force Management (JOD-GFM).

COL Cox's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (6 OLC), the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air-Assault Badge and Ranger Tab. His military education includes the Infantry Basic, Armor Advanced Course, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He holds a Master of Science Degree in National Security and Resource Strategy.

CSM Kevin R. Floyd  Garrison Garrison Command Sergeant Major, Maneuver Center of Excellence

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CSM William D. Pouliot
Garrison Command Sergeant Major,
Maneuver Center of Excellence

Command Sergeant Major William D. Pouliot was born and raised in Copperopolis, Ca. He enlisted in the Army on 11 January 1995, completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning as an Infantryman.

CSM Pouliot has served in every enlisted leadership position from Team Leader through Command Sergeant Major. CSM Pouliot's previous assignments include 3/502IN, 1/27IN, 1/75 RGR, RSTB, 3/75 RGR, 75th Regimental Headquarters, and most recently as the Command Sergeant Major of 3d Ranger Battalion.

CSM Pouliot has completed all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System including the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 62), Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy (JSOFSEA) and Summit. His additional schools include Airborne, Ranger, Jumpmaster, Pathfinder, Military Freefall, Air Assault, and Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (S.E.R.E Level-C). CSM Pouliot holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Excelsior College.

CSM Pouliot's operational deployments include 4 OIF rotations in Iraq and 9 OEF/OFS rotations to Afghanistan. CSM Pouliot's awards and decorations include The Legion of Merit, four Bronze Star Medals, five Meritorious Service Medals, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, five Army Commendation Medals, a Joint Service Achievement Medal, nine Army Achievement Medals, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Expert Infantryman's Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Military Freefall Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and is a member of the Order of Saint Maurice.