Major General Wilson A. Shoffner
MG Wilson A. Shoffner graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations. He holds a Master of Military Art and Science degree from the School of Advanced Military Studies and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
MG Shoffner’s command experience includes: B Battery, 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, and the 18th Fires Brigade. Operational deployments include: Saudi Arabia and Iraq during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, and Afghanistan in 2003 as the Chief of Plans, 82d Airborne Division during Operation Enduring Freedom. As a Battalion Commander, he deployed to New Orleans in 2005 as part of Joint Task Force Katrina, and in 2007 deployed to Baghdad, Iraq where 2-319th was employed as a maneuver task force as part of the “surge” during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
From 2003-2005, MG Shoffner served as the Deputy Chief of Plans for the NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, then located in Rheindalen, Germany. As a Colonel, he served as the Army’s liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives. General Officer assignments include: Deputy Commanding General-Support, 1st Armored Division, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, Army Training and Doctrine Command, and Deputy Chief of Staff-Communications, NATO Resolute Support Mission Afghanistan. He most recently served on the Army Staff in the Pentagon as Director, Army Talent Management Task Force, and Director of Operations, Army Rapid Capabilities Office.
MG Shoffner’s awards and decorations include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (3), Bronze Star Medal (1), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2), Southwest Asia Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, GWOT Service Medal, GWOT Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, Kuwait Liberation Medals, and the Master Parachutist Badge.
MG Shoffner is married to the former Carron Charney of Lansing, MI and has one daughter, Kristin.
Command Sergeant Major Carl A. Fagan
Command Sergeant Major Fagan was born in Thomaston, GA. He enlisted in the US Army in 1986 and completed Basic Combat Training and the Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember Course (13M) Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill.
He has served in several leadership positions including MLRS Launcher Section Chief, MLRS Ammunition Section Chief, Recruiter, MLRS Support Platoon Sergeant, MLRS Firing Platoon Sergeant, Senior Observer Controller/ Trainer, Battalion Intelligence Sergeant, First Sergeant, AC/ RC Battalion Sergeant Major, Brigade Operations Sergeant Major, Regional Support Command Sergeant Major (NTM-A), Battalion Command Sergeant Major, Brigade Command Sergeant Major, DIVARTY Command Sergeant Major, and currently FCOE Command Sergeant Major.
Command Sergeant Major Fagan has attended the Basic Airborne Course Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, the Air Assault Course, US Army Master Fitness Trainers Course, and the Army Recruiting Course. He is a graduate of every level of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System, to include the US Army Sergeants Major Academy Nonresidents Course class 35, culminating with the Executive Leader Course class 16-02. He is also an Honor Graduate of the United States Army Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officers Course, Class 2-96. He holds a Master of Arts in Business Management and Leadership form Liberty University, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technical Communications from Kaplan University, and holds an Associate Degree in Applied Science from Central Texas College.
His assignments include the 1st Battalion 27th Field Artillery (MLRS), Babenhausen, Germany, Bravo Battery 6th Field Artillery (MLRS), Fort Riley, KS, 2nd Battalion 14th Field Artillery (MLRS), Bamberg, Germany, 1st Battalion 12th Field Artillery (MLRS), Fort Sill, OK, the New Orleans Recruiting Battalion with duty at Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1st Battalion 39th Field Artillery (MLRS), Fort Stewart, GA, 1st Battalion 410th Field Artillery (TS) (MLRS), Fort Knox, KY, 1st Battalion 19th Field Artillery, Fort Sill, OK, HHC 4th Brigade 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, LA, HHD 177th Armored Brigade (TS), Camp Shelby, MS, and 2nd Battalion 305th Field Artillery (TS), Camp Shelby, MS, Regional Support Command-South (NTM-A), Kandahar Afghanistan, 2nd Battalion 5th Field Artillery, Fort Sill, OK, 4th Cavalry Brigade, Fort Knox, KY, 101st Airborne Division Artillery (AASLT), and currently The Fires Center of Excellence and FT. Sill. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Command Sergeant Major Fagan’s awards include the Legion of Merit (1st OLC), Bronze Star (1st OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1st Silver OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1st Silver/1st OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3rd OLC), Southwest Asia Service Medal (3rd Bronze Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Bronze Stars), the Good Conduct Medal (9th award), German Armed Forces Marksmanship Badge (Silver), Army Recruiter Badge (Gold) with 1 Sapphire and numerous other ribbons. Command Sergeant Major Fagan currently resides on Fort Sill with his wife Sherry.
Mr. Joe E. Gallagher
Mr. Joe E. Gallagher was selected for the Senior Executive Service in November 2009. Mr. Joe Gallagher was appointed as the Deputy to the Commanding General, Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, effective 16 January 2013. In this capacity, Mr. Gallagher works in collaboration with and under the general direction of the Commanding General in the development and execution of organizational goals, objectives, and policies to ensure the Warfighting commanders receive world class Field Artillery and Air Defense Artillery Soldiers, equipment and organizations. Mr. Gallagher has full responsibility to direct the action of the Center's 3300 military and civilian personnel, technical and managerial efforts and the 130 million dollar annual operating budget. He provides direct supervision to the Center's 700 military and civilian workforce engaged in Force Management and the development of capabilities, concepts, doctrine, organizations, materiel, leader education, personnel, and facilities. Additionally, he serves as the Commander's principal advisor and the Center's senior expert in force management, joint capabilities integration and development system, requirements determination, and material acquisition.
Brigadier General Russ Johnson
Brigadier General Russ Johnson is a native of Fargo, North Dakota. He is a graduate of North Dakota State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Mechanization and received his commission in 1987. He has served with the Minnesota, North Dakota and Idaho Army National Guard. He holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Idaho and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Field Artillery Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff Officer’s Course, and the Army War College.
Brigadier General Johnson’s military career began in 1981 as an enlisted member of the United States Marine Corps and served as a Fuel and Electrical Systems Technician on ground combat vehicles. He has served in numerous staff positions throughout his career and commanded at all levels through Brigade. BG Johnson completed two tours of duty in Iraq. In 2004-2005, he deployed to north-central Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as Commander, 1st Battalion, 148th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Cavalry Brigade, under the command of the 42nd Infantry Division. In 2010-2011, he served as Commander, 1-148 Field Artillery Rear Area Operations Center, United States Forces, Iraq, assigned to the International Zone in Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. BG Johnson concurrently serves as the Land Component Commander, Idaho Army National Guard, headquartered in Boise, Idaho.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (2nd Award), the Meritorious Service Medal (6th Award), the Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), and the Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award). Additionally, BG Johnson was awarded the Naval Unit Commendation and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Brigadier General Johnson and his wife, Lori reside in Nampa, Idaho.
BRIGADIER GENERAL FRANK M. RICE
Brig. Gen. Frank M. Rice is a native of South Carolina. He graduated from Clemson University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in science. He graduated from the Palmetto Military Academy in 1987 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the South Carolina Army National Guard. He also holds a Master of military science from the U.S. Army War College.
Brig. Gen. Rice’s military education includes the Signal Officer Basic Course and Advance Courses, Reserve Component Signal Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, US Army War College, Air Defense Artillery Officer Reclassification Course, Joint Air Defense Tactical Director Certification Course, Pre-command Course, Joint Firepower Course, and Joint Task Force and Dual Status Commander Qualification Courses.
BG Rice started his military career in 1987 and has served in the following capacities: Audio Visual Operations Officer, Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Company Commander, Battalion S-3, Battalion Executive Officer, Intelligence Officer, Battalion Commander, G6 Assistant Chief of Staff AAMDC, Chief of Staff 263rd AAMDC, Commander 678th Air Defense Brigade, and Deputy CG for the 263d AAMDC. He now serves as Army National Guard Deputy Commanding General (ADA) at the Fires Center of Excellence.
BG Rice’s decorations and awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, NATO Medal and the Combat Action Badge.
BG Stephen J. (Steve) Maranian
BG Stephen J. (Steve) Maranian was born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts. He is a 1988 graduate of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania from which he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery. He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University, and a Masters of Strategic Studies degree from the Army War College. His military education includes the Field Artillery Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff Officer’s Course, the Army War College, and the NATO Defense College.
BG Maranian’s commands include two batteries in the 1st Cavalry Division Artillery, 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, and the 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment. He has served in Field Artillery staff positions including tours as Brigade Fire Support Officer, 173rd Airborne Brigade; Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery; and Executive Officer, 1st Infantry Division Artillery. Additional staff assignments include service as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff G3, 1st Infantry Division; Executive Officer for the Headquarters Department of the Army Director of Training; Special Assistant and later Executive Officer for the Commanding General, United States Army Europe; and most recently Chief of Staff, United States Army Africa/Southern European Task Force.
BG Maranian has extensive overseas experience having completed 10 overseas tours in six countries, including deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait, and he is a Defense Language Institute trained Greek linguist.
His decorations include the Legion of Merit (3rd Award), Bronze Star Medal (2nd Award), the Meritorious Service Medal (5th Award), the Army Commendation Medal (7th Award), the Air Force Commendation Medal (2nd Award), the Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal. He is also authorized to wear the Combat Action Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, and the Canadian Parachutist Badge. BG Maranian is married to Cynthia Hall Maranian of Stedman, North Carolina.
Command Sergeant Major Berk Parsons
Command Sergeant Major Berk Parsons entered the Army on 19 JUN 1985. He attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Upon completion of Basic Airborne Training, he was assigned to Fort Bragg, NC with 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.
CSM Parsons has served in a variety of leadership positions from Gunner to the 12th Command Sergeant Major of the Field Artillery, with assignments as Company Operations Sergeant, Master Gunner, Senior NCO Observer Controller (JRTC), BN Operations Sergeant Major, BN, BDE and DIVARTY Command Sergeant Major. His assignments include 82d ABN DIV, 3rd and 4th Battalion, 325th Airborne Battalion Combat Team (Vicenza, Italy), Operations Group - Joint Readiness Training Center, Columbia Recruiting Battalion, several assignments to the 18th Field Artillery Brigade (Airborne), Operations Sergeant Major and Command Sergeant Major for 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd SBCT, 25th ID in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. CSM Parsons served as the Brigade Command Sergeant Major of 72nd Field Artillery (Operations) Brigade at Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst, NJ, the 41st Field Artillery Brigade, the 1st CAV Division Artillery (DIVARTY) CSM, Fort Hood, Texas and most recently the Command Sergeant Major of the United States Army Field Artillery School and CSM of the Field Artillery. CSM Parsons has served in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom 07-09, 10 and New Dawn.
CSM Parsons’ military and civilian education include; Primary, Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Courses, the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy class 57, Nominative Leaders Course, the Sergeants Major Force Management course, Senior Enlisted Joint Primary Military Education course, Jump Master, Rappel Master, Battle Staff NCO Course, Recruiter Course and the Close Combat Instructor Course. CSM Parsons has a Baccalaureate of Science degree in Social Science from Upper Iowa University and a Masters of Arts Degree in Education from Touro University.
CSM Parsons’ military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (2OLC), Bronze Star (1OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1SLC), Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Gold Recruiter Badge with 3 Sapphires, German Army Parachutist and Fitness Badges. CSM Parsons is also honored with the Ancient Order of St Barbara, the Order of St Maurice and is an honorary member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.
Brigadier General Randall McIntire
Brigadier General Randall McIntire entered the active Army in 1988 after graduating from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree and receiving a commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He also holds a Master of Science degree from Central Michigan University in Administration and Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
His military education includes: the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course, the Armor Officer Advance Course, the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Naval War College. Following commissioning he served in the following key assignments: Platoon Leader, Battery Executive Officer (XO) and Assistant Operations Officer with 2nd Battalion 44th ADA, 101st Airborne (AASLT) Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; Battalion S-4 and Battery Commander 5th Battalion 3rd ADA, 1st Armored Division, Wackernheim Germany; J-1, Adjutant with Joint Task Force Provide Promise - United Nations Protection Force, Zagreb, Croatia; Majors Assignment Officer, U.S. Total Army Personnel Command Alexandria, Virginia; Aide-de-Camp to Commanding General, Space and Missile Defense Command, Arlington, Virginia; Battalion S-3 and Battalion XO with 6th Battalion 52nd ADA, V Corps, Ansbach Germany; Branch Chief, Air Defense - EPMD, Human Resources Command, Alexandria Virginia; Organizational Integrator, Force Management -Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; Commander, 2nd Battalion 6th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Ft. Bliss, Texas; Task Force Commander, 3-3 ADA (C-RAM) Baghdad, Iraq; Commander 69th ADA Brigade, Ft. Hood, Texas and CENTCOM AOR; Director of Air and Missile Defense, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Pentagon, Washington D.C. Brigadier General McIntire is currently the Deputy Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy Directorate, G-3/5/7, Headquarters Department of the Army.
Brigadier General McIntire's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal with 8 oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, South West Asia Service Medal with two stars, Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with three stars, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal. He has also been awarded the Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
Brigadier General McIntire is married to the former Sue Ellen Thomas. They have four children: Suzanne, Lindsay, Zachary and Rachel and four grandchildren: McKenna (5), Preslee (3), Jonny Hayes (2), Paxton (1).
Command Sergeant Major Finis A. Dodson
Command Sergeant Major Finis A. Dodson is a native of Olive Branch, Miss. He completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Dodson's duty positions and assignments include Stinger crew member, Fort Bliss; tactical control assistant, squad leader and senior maintenance mechanic, 5th Battalion 7th Air Defense Artillery (5-7th ADA), Bitburg, Germany; instructor/writer, 3-6th ADA, Fort Bliss; platoon sergeant, 1-43rd ADA, Republic of Korea; Advanced NCO Academy instructor, senior small group leader, operations sergeant, and chief of Warrior Leaders Course, Fort Bliss NCO Academy; first sergeant, 1-43rd ADA, Korea; first sergeant HHB, 31st ADA Brigade; Fort Bliss; air defense master evaluator and operations sergeant major, 31st ADA Brigade, Fort Bliss; and S2 sergeant major, 108th ADA Brigade, Fort Bliss; operations sergeant major, 3-43rd ADA, Fort Bliss; command sergeant major of 1-1st ADA in Okinawa, Japan; command sergeant major of 69th ADA (Lightning) Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas; command sergeant major of 35th ADA (Dragon) Brigade, Korea; command sergeant major, 94th Army Air Missile Defense Command, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Honolulu, Hawaii; regimental command sergeant major, U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Sill, Okla.
Dodson’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Merit Medal (with two oak leaf clusters (OLC)), Meritorious Service Medal (with three OLC), Army Commendation Medal (with four OLC), Army Achievement Medal (with three OLC), Army Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (6th award), National Defense Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (4th award), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Global War on Terrorism Medal, and Army Senior Space Badge.
Dodson’s military education includes Warrior Leaders Course, Advance Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Small Group Instructor Course, Instructor Training Course, Advanced Army Catalog Course, Equal Opportunity Course, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Course, First Sergeant Course, Sergeants Major Academy Class 56, CSM/SGM Executive Education Course, Force Management Course, Keystone Command Senior Enlisted Course,CSM/SGM Legal Orientation Course, and Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (APOC) .
Dodson’s civilian education includes a Master’s Degree (summa cum laude) in education from TOURO University. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Excelsior College (magna cum laude) and an Associate’s Degree from El Paso Community College.
CSM Dodson is married to Mrs. Amanda Dodson, formerly of El Paso, Texas. They have two daughters, Takisha Lynette and Kieara Finisa.
Colonel Todd R. Wasmund
COL Todd R. Wasmund is from Centerville, Ohio and was commissioned as a Field Artillery officer upon his graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1991.
COL Wasmund’s previous Field Artillery assignments in the 2d, 3d, and 4th Infantry Divisions, and in the 75th Field Artillery Brigade include Fire Support and Fire Direction Officer, Platoon Leader, Battalion and Brigade Adjutant, Assistant Brigade Operations Officer and Fire Control Officer, 13B One Station Unit Training (OSUT) Battery and Firing Battery Commander, Battalion Operations and Executive Officer, and Battalion Commander. In his most recent assignment, it has been his privilege to command the 3d Infantry Division Artillery. Operational assignments include serving as a Transition Team Leader in Iraq, and Battalion Commander of the 1st Battalion, 17th Field Artillery and Chief of Staff of the Combined Training Advisory Group – Army, NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan.
Additional assignments include serving as an Assistant Professor of Economics at West Point, Director of Strategic Communications at the Fires Center of Excellence, and a Division Chief on the Joint Staff, J35.
COL Wasmund’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation and Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism and Korea Defense Service Medals, NATO Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge. COL Wasmund’s education includes a B.S. in Economics from the United States Military Academy, M.S. degrees in Financial Management and Manpower Systems Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, and an M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School at the National Defense University.
COL Wasmund and his wife, Tracy, are proud of their five children, Jessica and son-in-law Brad, Jonathon and daughter-in-law Chelsea, Haley and son-in-law Taylor, who is a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, Collin and Colby, who is a Sergeant in the Nevada Army National Guard, and their eight grandchildren.
Colonel Samuel W. Curtis
COL Samuel W. Curtis is a native of Dallas, Texas and was commissioned into the U.S. Army as an Armor Officer.
He served his initial tour of duty in 1st Armor Division in Baumholder, Germany with major deployments to both the Persian Gulf and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Afterwards, he completed the requisite training and was assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Okinawa, Japan, where he served in numerous leadership positions. During this tour, he deployed numerous times throughout Southeast Asia in support of the War on Terrorism as well as various Security and Humanitarian Assistance operations.
After leaving Japan, COL Curtis attended the Naval Postgraduate School, where for his thesis work and top academic ranking he received the Department of Defense Academic Achievement Award. After graduation, he returned to the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) where he served as the Group Operations Officer.
Upon completing his tour, COL Curtis was assigned as an Operations Officer in the Joint Staff, Deputy Directorate for Special Operations working counterterrorism policy issues and later as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Director for Operations. After the Joint Staff, he commanded a Central Selection List Stability Transition Team supporting the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division in northern Iraq. Following command, he served as the Deputy Commander at Special Operations Command, Africa. COL Curtis took command of the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Sill in July 2016.
COL Curtis holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Additionally, he was a 2009-2010 Seminar XXI Fellow, Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), and Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC). He is a recipient of the Parachutist Badge, the Ranger Tab, and the Special Forces Tab..
In 1999, COL Curtis married the former Anne Pederson of Dallas, Texas. They have three sons, David, John, and Otto William.
Command Sergeant Major Jonathan S. Lutgens
Jonathan S. Lutgens is a native of Jacksonville, Fla. In1982, he joined the Army Reserve as a military police officer. He enlisted in the regular Army in November 1990 as an infantryman. He has held all positions of responsibility from team leader to senior enlisted leader in the Infantry.
Lutgens recently returned from deployment where he served as the senior enlisted leader of Task Force Forge in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Prior to this assignment, he served as the U.S. Army Garrison command sergeant major at Pohaluoa Training Area, Hawaii. His previous assignments include: 1st Battalion 26th Infantry Regiment (IR), Fort Knox, Ky; U.S. Army North, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; 4th Battalion 353rd Regiment, Fort Polk, LA.; 2nd Battalion 60th IR, Fort Jackson, S.C.; 1st Battalion 28th IR, Fort Jackson;1st Battalion 327th IR, Fort Campbell, Ky.; 2nd Battalion 327th IR; Fort Campbell; 2nd Battalion 5th Calvary Regiment Fort Hood, Texas; 1st Battalion 9th IR, Camp Hovey, Korea; Army Proving Ground, Yuma, Ariz.; John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center, Fort Bragg, N.C.; and 2nd Battalion 72nd Armor Regiment, Camp Casey, Korea.
Lutgens’ prior deployments include Bosnia/Kosovo, and numerous deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Lutgen’s military education includes all levels of the NCO Education System, culminating with the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. He is a graduate of Air Assault School, Airborne School, Mechanized Leaders Course, Combative Instructor Course, Drill Instructor and Ranger School. Lutgens has a bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College.
His awards include the Bronze Star (with three oak leaf clusters (OLC)), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with four OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (with silver oak leaf cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (with 10 OLC), Army Good Conduct Award (8th award), National Defense Service Ribbon (with star), Korean Defense Service, Afghan Campaign Medal (with two stars), Iraqi Campaign Medal (with three stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal (with two stars), Overseas Ribbon (with numeral 7). In addition to the Combat Infantryman Badge, he earned the Expert Infantryman Badge, Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge and the Ranger Tab. Lutgens also received the Order of Saint Maurice.
Lutgens is married to the former Grace Kim of Teague, South Korea. They have one daughter and two sons.