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3rd Battalion, 81st Armored Regiment

3rd Battalion, 81st Armored Regiment conducts administrative command, control and support to enable the MCoE the ability to train agile and adaptive combat ready Soldiers and Leaders.

Battalion Commander Biography

Maneuver Center of Excellence

LTC John M. Poole

Lieutenant Colonel John M. Poole graduated from California State University, San Bernardino in 1998, and was assigned to the 1st Armored Division in Baumholder, Germany (Smith Barracks.) At Smith Barracks, LTC Poole served as a Tank Platoon Leader in Charlie Company, Executive Officer in Alpha Company, and S3 Air in the 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment (1-35 AR.) While assigned to 1-35 AR, LTC Poole participated in: Operation Joint Endeavor, deploying to Bosnia in 1998; Task Force Hawk, deploying to Albania in 1999; and Operation Joint Guardian's Task Force Falcon, deploying to Kosovo in 1999 and 2000-2001.

After attending the Armor Officer Advanced Course in 2002-2003, he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, TX, where he served as the Division G3 Exercise Officer and later took command of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in 2003. In 2005, LTC Poole took command of Headquarters Headquarters Company of the 4th Infantry Division and returned to Baghdad, Iraq, during OIF 06-07. In 2007, LTC Poole was assigned to Operations Group at the National Training Center (NTC), Fort Irwin, CA where he served as the Cobra Team's (Cavalry Squadron Trainers) Tactical Analysis OIC (Cobra 7T) and Bronco Team's (Brigade Staff Trainers) Battle Staff Observer/Controller (Bronco 3A).

LTC Poole attended Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL from 2009-2010. During ACSC, he attained a Masters of Arts in Military Operational Art and Science from the U.S. Air Force's Air University.

Upon completion of his Intermediate Level Education, LTC Poole was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, TX where he became the Executive Officer for 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment (1-5 CAV). As the Executive Officer, LTC Poole deployed the Battalion to the Diyala Provence of Iraq. While deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), LTC Poole became the Operations Officer for 1-5 CAV.

Upon redeployment, LTC Poole was assigned back to Operations Group, NTC in 2012 where he served as the Scorpion Team's (Combined Arms Battalion Trainers) S3 Observer/Coach Trainer (OCT) (Scorpion 03), Bronco Team's S3 OCT (Bronco 03), and Operations Group's Chief of Plans and Operations (Lizard 03).

LTC Poole's military training and education includes the Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, and Air Command and Staff College.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2 OLCs), Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLCs), Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLCs) and Combat Action Badge.

Battalion Command Sergeant Major Biography

CSM Steven F. Ziebarth Maneuver Center of Excellence

CSM Roy S. Dyer

Command Sergeant Major Roy S. Dyer is a native of Knoxville, TN. He enlisted in the Army in March 1991 and attending one station unit training (OSUT) at Fort Knox, KY where he was awarded the Armor Crewman (19K) MOS.

His assignments include: 3-67 AR Fort Hood, TX, 1-72 AR Camp Casey, Korea, 2-34 AR Fort Riley, KS (with deployment to Bosnia), 2-81 AR Fort Knox, KY, 3-7 IN, 6-8 CAV, and HHC 1st BDE Fort Stewart, GA (with three deployments to Iraq), Georgetown University in Washington, DC, 316 CAV BDE Fort Benning, GA and US Army South, Fort Sam Houston, TX CSM Dyer has served at many levels of enlisted duty, including Tank Loader, Tank Driver, Tank Gunner, Tank Commander, Platoon Sergeant, Scout Troop First Sergeant and HHC Brigade First Sergeant, Senior Military Instructor at Georgetown University, Brigade S3 Operations SGM and Army South G3 CUOPS SGM.

CSM Dyers' military education consists of the Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC), Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course (BNCOC), Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course (ANCOC), First Sergeant Course (SQI "M"), Combat Life Saver Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course (ASI "P5"), Combative Level 1, 2, and 3 Course, Small Group Instructor Course (SQI "8"), and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.

CSM Dyer's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3rd award), Meritorious Service Medal (4th award), Army Commendation Medal (3rd award), Army Achievement Medal (8th award), Army Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Iraq Campaign Medal (three bronze stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (4th Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), Driver Badge (track), the Combat Action Badge, Excellence in Armor program (EIA) and Order of Saint George.


3rd Battalion, 81st Armored Regiment conducts administrative command, control and support to enable the MCoE the ability to train agile and adaptive combat ready Soldiers and Leaders.


The "Royal Lions" have performed a number of varied and challenging missions over the decades. The battalion was constituted on 28 August, 1941, as Company C, 81st Armor Regiment and activated at Fort Knox, Kentucky, on 1 October of that year. Following America's entry into the Second World War, on 20 September, 1943, the battalion was re-designated as the 707th Tank Battalion, where it saw combat as part of both the 5th and 7th Armored Divisions. As part of the drive through Europe the 707th participated in the campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe. The 707th was awarded the Luxembourg Croix de Guerre, World War II streamer, for its outstanding wartime service. Following its successful campaigns in Europe the 707th was inactivated at Boston, Massachusetts, on 8 October, 1945.

In the early months of the Korean War the battalion was re-designated as the 94th Medium Tank Battalion, 7th Armored Division and reactivated again on 24 November, 1950, at Camp Roberts, California, where it remained until inactivated on 15 November, 1953.

On 3 February, 1962, the battalion was relieved from assignment to the 7th Armored Division and re-designated as the 3d battalion, 81st Armored Regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System. The battalion was reassigned to the 5th Armored Division. On 25 March, 1987, the battalion was relieved from assignment to the 5th Armored Division and re-designated at Fort Knox, Kentucky as a training battalion. On 1 October, 1991, the battalion was again deactivated.

The current mission of the battalion begins with the creation, on 20 July, 1965, of Committee Group. This unit was activated at Fort Knox with the mission of providing training support to Initial Entry Training soldiers. On 2 March, 1986, Committee Group was re-designated as Training Group, the battalion was placed under the operational control of the 4th Training Brigade. On 30 July, 1993, Training Group was re-designated 3d Battalion, 81st Armored Regiment and attached to the 1st Armor Training Brigade.

On 15 September, 1997, the battalion accepted the attachment of the 233d Transportation Company (FORSCOM) from the 19th Engineer Battalion.

From 1 June 2004 through 30 April 2006 the battalion also had 3 Cavalry OSUT Troops attached: Golf, Hotel and India Troops from 6th Squadron, 15th Cavalry.

On 2 June, 2010, the battalion assumed command and control of Delta Company, Echo Company and the Ordnance Training Detachment thereby assuming the mission of advanced individual training for 91A and 91M and Marine Corps armor instructors.

On 1 OCT 2014 the BN was re-missioned under the 199th INF BDE during the MCOE re-organization to serve as the Army's very first PROVOST BN. A CO departed to 316 CAV, OTD, E CO, and the Marines were moved to 1-81AR, and C CO became a part of 194th AR BDE. The new Battalion formed from THE MCOE Band, B CO 3-81 AR missioned to oversee the Maneuver Captain Career Course, P TRP 316 CAV with the IMSO mission, and HHC MCoE.

In its many forms and under various designations, 3d Battalion, 81st Armored Regiment has a long and proud history of service to our Army in time of peace and war.