Col. Joe Daniels Bookard

Joe Daniels Bookard is a native of Denmark, S.C. and received his commission in the Field Artillery (FA) from South Carolina State University. Bookard served as a troop fire support officer with 5th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment (CR), 2nd Infantry Division; Paladin firing battery platoon leader, 1st Battalion, 10th FA Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division.

His other following assignments were: battalion maintenance officer, battalion fire direction officer and firing battery commander of the 1st Battalion, 321st (Airborne) FA Regiment, 18th FA Brigade (Airborne); and howitzer firing battery commander, 1st Squadron, 2nd Armored CR, XVIII Airborne Corps. He also served as an assistant professor of military science at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C.

His key leadership assignments include serving as the regimental fire support officer, 2nd Brigade Combat Team; the 18th Fires Brigade (Airborne) deputy commanding officer, 82nd Airborne Division; chief of the commander’s initiative group for the XVIII Airborne Corps deputy commanding general; and as the XVIII Airborne Corps deputy G3 for Task Force Bragg III. Bookard commanded the 3-321st FA Regiment, 18th Fires Brigade (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division; and recently served as the executive officer to the director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), and as the special assistant to the director of the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency (JIDA) while assigned to the office of the under secretary of defense for acquisition technology and logistics in Washington, D.C.

Bookard had multiple combat tours in the Global War on Terrorism including: deputy chief of future operations, Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) 82, Afghanistan; battalion executive officer and mentor to the 3/1/11 Iraqi army battalion executive officer, 2-319th Airborne FA Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division; and again in Afghanistan as commander of a battalion that supported operations in Regional Command East with CJTF- 101 and CJTF- 1st Cavalry Division. He also served as the XVIII Airborne Corps chief of current operations (rear) during Operation Unified Response (Haiti).

Bookard holds a bachelor of science degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from South Carolina State University, a masters in military arts and science from the School of Advanced Military Studies and a masters in defense and strategic studies from the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. He also graduated from the Army War College Joint Warfighting Advanced Studies Program and the Center for Creative Leadership, Leadership Development Program in Greensboro, N.C.

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and various other awards and foreign parachutist badges.

Colonel Bookard is married to Dr. Katina Bookard and they have three children; Katelin and twin boys, Joe and Jacob.

Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth J. Oliver

Kenneth J. Oliver is a native of Galveston, Texas. He entered the Army in August 1990 and completed one station unit training at Fort Sill, Okla. as a Multiple Launch Rocket System crewmember (13M).

Oliver has served in a variety of leadership positions to include gunner, section chief, senior drill sergeant, platoon sergeant, operations NCOIC, first sergeant, senior military of science instructor and battalion command sergeant major.

Oliver’s assignments include A Battery, 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery, Camp Essayons, Korea; B Battery, 6th FA, Ft Riley, Kan.; C Battery, 2-4th FA, Ft Sill. He served as a basic combat training drill sergeant at C Battery, 1-19th FA, Fort Sill; E Battery, 2-80th FA, Fort Sill; 1-14th FA, Fort Sill; senior military of science instructor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.; battalion command sergeant major at 2-4th FA Fort Sill, Fires Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas and 3-6th FA Regiment, Fort Drum, N.Y.; and 1st Brigade Combat Team (Provisional) Fort Drum.

His military schools include Warriors Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course and Senior Leaders Course, First Sergeants Course, Drill Sergeant School, Master Fitness School, Equal Opportunity Representative Course, Field Sanitation Team Training Course, Logistics Team Training Course, Computer Security Course, Transportation Training Course, Combat Lifesaver Course, Sergeants Major Academy and the Pre BDE/BN Command Sergeants Major Course. CSM Oliver has earned a bachelor degree of science in liberal arts and an associate degree in applied science administrative/management with Excelsior College.

His deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom 03-03, 06-08 with C Battery 1-14th FA, 214th Fires Brigade.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5), Army Commendation Medal (5), Army Achievement Medal (4), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal (7), National Defense Service Medal (2), Korean Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (4), Overseas Service Ribbon (2), The Drill Sergeant Badge, and The Driver’s Badge (wheel and track).

Oliver served as president of the prestigious Ft. Sill Red Leg Chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and is a recipient of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.

Oliver has four children; Kayla, Keanna, Kenneth Jr., and Kennetha.