COL Steven P. Carpenter

Colonel Nate Cook Colonel Steve Carpenter is a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and received his commission as a field artillery officer upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in June 1996.

Upon graduation from the Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, OK his career began in the 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, TX where he served as a Fire Direction Officer, platoon leader, strike-recon platoon leader, and assistant operations officer. After the Captain's Career Course, he was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division Artillery at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He served as the 25th Infantry DIVARTY plans officer, the 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry fire support officer, and commander of B Battery, 2-11th FA Regiment. During this time in command, he deployed with 2nd Brigade, 25th ID in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 01-02.

Following a short stint as a military performance instructor at West Point and graduation from the Canadian Joint Command and Staff Program in Toronto, Canada, Colonel Carpenter deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-08 as a military in transition team chief with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Upon redeployment, he was assigned to the 41st FIRES Brigade, Fort Hood, TX where he served as the 1-21 FA operations officer, brigade operations officer, brigade executive officer, and brigade deputy commanding officer.

Colonel Carpenter commanded the 3rd Battalion, 13th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Sill, OK from June 2012 to April 2014. Following battalion command, Colonel Carpenter was selected to serve as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Army.

Colonel Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in American Legal Studies from the U.S. Military Academy, a Master of Science degree in International Relations from Saint Mary's University, a Master of Science degree in Defense Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, and a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies from the National War College. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, (one Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (four OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (seven OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (three OLC), Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

Married for over 16 years, Colonel Carpenter and his wife, Kaitlin, are the proud parents of five children: Ella, Kairys, Landry, Kyla, and Vincent

CSM Charles K. Masters

Command Sergeant Major Masters is a native of White Sulfur Springs, WV and last entered the U.S. Army on Mar. 16, 1993. He completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training as a fire support specialist at Fort Sill, Okla.

His duty assignments include forward observer 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Hovey, South Korea; troop fire support sergeant, E Troop, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR), Fort Polk, La.; squadron fire support sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop (HHT), 2-2nd ACR, Fort Polk; recruiter, Rocky Mount Recruiting Station; station commander, Mount Airy RS, Recruiting Battalion Raleigh, N.C.; battalion fire support sergeant, 1-9th ACR, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; brigade fire support sergeant, 2nd Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Stanley, South Korea; brigade fire support trainer, 3rd Battalion, 307th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry Division (TS), Greer, S.C.; operations sergeant, first sergeant, B Battery, first sergeant, HHB, 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery (FA), 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood; first sergeant, A Company, Warrior Transition Battalion, Fort Knox, Ky.; command sergeant major, 3-27th FA Regiment 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; command sergeant major, 1-5th FA Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; and previously assigned as the field artillery branch sergeant major, Human Resource Command, Fort Knox.

Masters’ military education includes all levels of NCOES to include the Sergeants Major Academy Class 61; GO/SES Force Integration Management Course, Warrior Transition Cadre Course, First Sergeants Course, Observer/Controller Course, Recruiters Course, Station Commanders Course, Basic Airborne Course and the Joint Firepower Control Course. His civilian education includes an Associate’s degree in general studies from Pikes Peak Community College, Bachelor degree in business administration from Saint Leo University, and currently working toward a Master of business administration from Franklin University.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (7th award), Army Commendation Medal (5th award), Army Good Conduct Medal (7th award), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (w/bronze star), Korean Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (with 2 bronze stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd award), NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge, Recruiter Badge, and the Combat Action Badge.

Masters is married to the former Patricia M. Luhmann and the proud parent of three children, daughters Blair and Aubrianna, and son Charles III.