COL Nate Cook
Colonel Nathan E. Cook II hails from Gainesville, TX. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery.
His initial assignment was at Ft. Hood, TX where he served as a platoon fire direction officer, platoon leader, company fire support officer, task force targeting officer, and task force fire support officer in 1st Battalion, 3d Field Artillery Regiment 2d Armored Division (re-flagged to 4th Battalion, 42d Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division (Mech)). In 1998, he served as a targeting officer for the Ground Component Command, Deep Operations Coordination Cell in the Republic of Korea.
Arriving at Ft. Stewart, GA in 1999, he was assigned as a Division Artillery Operations Officer. Prior to taking battery command, he was the Assistant Operations Officer for 1st Battalion, 39th Field Artillery Regiment (Multiple Launch Rocket System). He commanded B Battery/1st Battalion, 39th Field Artillery Regiment (Multiple Launch Rocket System) and was subsequently assigned as the Operations Officer for 2d Battalion, 506th Field Artillery Regiment (Training Support) at Fort Stewart, GA.
Following an assignment to the Command and General Staff College in 2004, Colonel Cook was assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Hood, TX. Deploying with this brigade in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2005-2006, he was assigned duties as the Brigade Fires and Effects Coordinator, Plans Officer, and Brigade Operations Officer. Following deployment, he served as the 2d Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer before re-flagging to 5th Battalion, 82d Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. During Operation Iraqi Freedom 2008-2009, he served as the 5th Battalion, 82d Field Artillery Regiment Executive Officer and subsequently as the 4th Brigade Combat Team Brigade Executive Officer. He commanded 3d Battalion, 82d Field Artillery Regiment in April 2010 – May 2012 which included a 2011 deployment to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. Following command he served as a Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Army (Leader Development) in Washington D.C. and his last assignment was as a student at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, PA. Colonel Cook assumed command of the 75th Field Artillery Brigade on June 10, 2015.
Colonel Cook’s military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advance Courses, U.S. Army Airborne School, Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Joint Targeting School, and the Command and General Staff College. Colonel Cook earned Masters Degrees in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler and Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.
Colonel Cook’s wife of 22 years is Traci Adkins Cook from Gainesville, Texas and they have two sons: Nathan and Joshua.
CSM James Ackermann
CSM James Ackermann hails from ST. Louis, Missouri. He entered the United States Army in September 1989, attending Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, being awarded the Military Occupational Specialty 13R, Field Artillery Radar Operator.
His assignments include: Field Artillery Radar Operator, C BTRY, 25th FA (TA), Fort Sill OK; Senior Radar Operator and Field Artillery Radar Section Chief 25th Field Artillery Detachment (TA), 25th ID (L), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Field Artillery Radar Section Chief, 1st BN, 37th Field Artillery, Fort Lewis, WA; Instructor- Writer Team Leader 13R AIT, Fort Sill, OK; Small Group Leader (ANCOC), NCO Academy, Fort Sill, OK; Target Acquisition Platoon Sergeant, 1st BN, 94th Field Artillery, Idar-Oberstien, Germany; First Sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd BN, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Riley, KS; First Sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th IBCT, 1st ID, Fort Riley, KS; Brigade Rear Detachment Sergeant Major, 4th IBCT, 1st ID, Fort Riley, KS; Operations Sergeant Major for 24th Brigade Support Battalion, 170th IBCT, Baumholder, Germany, Brigade Command Sergeant Major 170th IBCT, and most recently as the BN CSM for 1st BN, 320th Field Artillery Regiment.
CSM Ackermann has served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom I and Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09, OEF 11-12 and most recently OEF 14
His military education includes all levels of NCOES to include the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 61); Air Assault School, NBC Officer Course, Safety Officer Course, Equal Opportunity Leader’s Course, and the Total Army Instructor Course. CSM Ackermann holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Thomas Edison State College and a Master’s Degree in Business and Leadership from Webster University.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (Three Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (Four Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (Three Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (One Silver Oak Leaf Cluster), Good Conduct Medal (Silver Clasp with one loop), National Defense Service Medal (One Bronze Service Star), Southwest Asia Service Medal (Two Bronze Service Stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (One Bronze Service Star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 5), NATO Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Liberation of Kuwait Medal (Kuwait), Valorous Unit Award (One Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, Expert Driver/Mechanic Badge (Wheel and Special Equipment). CSM Ackermann is also a member of the Prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy and Sergeant Morales Clubs, as well as a member of the Order of Saint Barbara.
CSM Ackermann is married to the former Lisa M. Hamilton of Lawton, Oklahoma. They have three children Liam, Keiran and Breanna.