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 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.