Garrison Commander Biography
COL Andrew C. Hilmes
Maneuver Center of Excellence
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.
Garrison Command Sergeant Major Biography
CSM Kevin R. Floyd
Garrison Command Sergeant Major,
Maneuver Center of Excellence
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.