Major General John G. Rossi
Major General Rossi grew up on Long Island, New York, the son of a New York City police officer. He graduated from West Point in 1983 and was commissioned in the Army as an Air Defense Artillery Officer. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Arts from Webster University and a Master of Arts from the U.S. Naval War College. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College. Major General Rossi has served in the United States, Korea, Germany, Southwest Asia, and Iraq.
He has led at every level from platoon to his current assignment as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill at Fort Sill, OK. His prior assignment was as the Director of the Army Quadrennial Defense Review Office in the Pentagon.
MG Rossi’s command assignments include Commanding General, 32d AAMDC, Fort Bliss, Texas; Commander, 35th ADA Brigade in the Republic of Korea; Commander, Task Force Lion, Southwest Asia; Commander 2-1 ADA, Fort Bliss, Texas; Commander, C 1-6 ADA Fort Bliss, Texas; Commander, A 3-1 ADA, Fort Hood, Texas; and platoon leader 1/B 3-60 ADA, Regensburg Germany. Major General Rossi’s principal staff assignments include J33 U.S. Forces Iraq, Baghdad Iraq; DCG (Fires), III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas; DCG and Chief of Staff, Fort Bliss, Texas; G3, 32d AAMDC, Fort Bliss, Texas; Chief, U.S. Central Command Air and Missile Defense Division, Tampa, Florida; Operations Officer, 1-7 ADA and 94th ADA Brigade in Germany; and Deputy Operations Officer, 3- 43 ADA, Southwest Asia during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster), the Legion of Merit (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Bronze Star (Oak Leaf Cluster).
MG Rossi’s wife Liz is from El Paso, Texas. They have three children and one grandchild. Their son and son-in-law are both serving in the United States Army.
Command Sergeant Major Brian K. Lindsey
CSM Brian K. Lindsey attended Lawton Senior High School in Lawton, Oklahoma, where he earned his high school diploma in May 1985. In 1988, CSM Lindsey enlisted in the U.S. Army as a field artilleryman at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. CSM Lindsey holds an associate’s degree in Business Management from Barstow Community College in Barstow California, a bachelor of science degree in liberal arts (administrative/management) from Excelsior College in Albany, New York, and a masters degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma in Norman Oklahoma.
CSM Lindsey has held various positions as a cannoneer, to include: howitzer crewman, gunner, section chief, gunnery sergeant, platoon sergeant, drill sergeant, observer controller, first sergeant, battalion command sergeant major for the 1-79th FA, 1-15 FA and the 2-2 FA and brigade command sergeant major for the 434 Field Artillery Brigade. His former assignment was as the Department of the Army G-35 Strategic Plans and Policy sergeant major.
CSM Lindsey graduated from the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course, First Sergeants Course, Observer Controller Academy, Drill Sergeant School, Basic Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Air Assault School, Equal Opportunity Representative Course, Force Management Course, Command Sergeant Major Senior Leader Legal Orientation Course and the United States Army Sergeant’s Major Academy, Class 56.
CSM Lindsey's awards and decorations include: The Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), Army Good Conduct Medal (8th award), Overseas Ribbon, Korea Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon (with number 4), Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal (two bronze stars), South West Asia Service Medal, Saudi Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Master Parachute Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, Combat Action Badge, Drivers Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
CSM Lindsey’s memberships include the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and he received the Honorable and Ancient Order of Saint Barbara. CSM Lindsey is married to the former Dr. Vickie R. Hendricks and they have four children Marvin III, Krystal, Zacary, and Brian Jr.
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 Keith A. Klemmer
Brig. Gen. Keith A. Klemmer assumed duties as Deputy Commanding General (ARNG) for Field Artillery in May 2015. Klemmer served as an enlisted Soldier in the s Army Reserve prior to entering the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark. where he received his commission in 1985. His military experience includes more than 23 years of service in field artillery and infantry units to include deployments during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2005. His key assignments include Recruiting and Retention Manager, State Area Command, Arkansas National Guard; Deputy United States Property and Fiscal Officer for Arkansas; Commander, 1st Battalion 206th Field Artillery Regiment, 39th Infantry Brigade; Commander, 142nd Fires Brigade; and Chief of Staff, Arkansas Army National Guard.
Klemmer's most recent assignment was Assistant Adjutant General (Army), Arkansas Joint Force Headquarters, Army National Guard.
Brigadier General Timothy J. Sheriff
Colonel Stephen J. (Steve) Maranian
Colonel 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.
Colonel 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.
Colonel 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. Colonel 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 Division Artillery Command Sergeant Major, with assignments as Company Operations Sergeant, Master Gunner, Senior NCO Observer Controller (JRTC), BN Operations Sergeant Major, BN and BDE Command Sergeant Major. His assignments include 82d ABN DIV, 3rd 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 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 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, and most recently the Division Artillery (DIVARTY) CSM, 1st Cavalry Division Fort Hood, Texas. 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, 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 (1OLC), Bronze Star (2OLC), 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.
CSM Parsons has been married for 25 years to Kelly, has one daughter, Emily and two sons, Elijah and Timothy.
Brigadier General Randy McIntire
Brigadier General Randy 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
94th AAMDC Command Sergeant Major, Command Sergeant Major Finis A. Dodson, is a native of Olive Branch, Mississippi. He completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Bliss, Texas.
CSM Dodson's duty positions and assignments include Stinger Crew Member, Fort Bliss, TX; Tactical Control Assistant, Squad Leader and Senior Maintenance Mechanic, 5-7 ADA, Bitburg Germany; Instructor/Writer, 3-6 ADA, Fort Bliss, TX; Platoon Sergeant, 1-43 ADA, ROK; ANCOC Instructor, Senior Small Group Leader, Operations Sergeant, and Chief of WLC, Fort Bliss NCO Academy; First Sergeant, 1-43 ADA, ROK; First Sergeant HHB, 31st ADA BDE; Fort Bliss, TX; Air Defense Master Evaluator and Operations Sergeant Major, 31st BDE, Fort Bliss, TX; and S2 Sergeant Major, 108th ADA BDE, Fort Bliss, TX; Operations Sergeant Major, 3-43 ADA, Fort Bliss, TX; Command Sergeant Major of 1-1 ADA in Okinawa, Japan; Command Sergeant Major of 69th ADA (Lightning) Brigade, Fort Hood, TX, and Command Sergeant Major of 35th ADA (Dragon) Brigade, ROK.
CSM Dodson awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Merit Medal(1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 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), and Global War on Terrorism Medal.
CSM Dodson military education includes Warrior Leaders Course (WLC), Advance Leaders Course (ALC), Senior Leaders Course (SLC), 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 (USAWC), United States Army Force Management Course, Keystone Command Senior Enlisted Course(14-2),CSM/SGM Legal Orientation Course, and Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (APOC) .
CSM Dodson civilian education includes a Master’s Degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Education from TOURO University. He also holds a Bachelors Degree from Excelsior College (Magna cum laude) and an Associate’s Degree from El Paso Community College.
Colonel Paul S. Hossenlopp
Following graduation from the Artillery Officer Basic Course, Colonel Hossenlopp’s initial assignment was as a Battery Fire Direction Officer with Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 17th Field Artillery at Fort Sill, OK, where he later served as the Battery Executive Officer, Assistant S3, and Battalion S1 during deployment to Southwest Asia as part of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Upon graduation from the Artillery Officer Advanced Course, Colonel Hossenlopp was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 11th Field Artillery, 6th Infantry Division at Fort Richardson, AK, where he commanded Charlie Battery. Following this assignment, COL Hossenlopp was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division where he commanded Alpha Battery, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, and served as aide-de-camp to the Division Commander.
Following service as aide-de-camp, COL Hossenlopp served in the World Class Opposing Forces with the Battle Command Training Program (BCTP) at Fort Leavenworth, KS, before attending the US Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC).
Upon graduation from CGSC, COL Hossenlopp was assigned as an Assistant Fire Support Coordinator for the DIVARTY, 1st Cavalry Division, and later as the Battalion S3 for the 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery, and the Executive Officer for the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery at Fort Hood, TX. Following his service with the DIVARTY, 1ST Cavalry Division, Colonel Hossenlopp served as the assignments officer for Majors and Colonels at Human Resources Command, Washington D.C.
On 30 June 2005, Colonel Hossenlopp was assigned to Fort Hood where he assumed command of the 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment. Following battalion command, in June 2007, he served as the Deputy Commander, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in the Al Rasheed District of Southwest Baghdad. In the summer of 2009, he attended the U. S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA. From June 2010 to May 2011, Colonel Hossenlopp commanded the Fort Hood Warrior Transition Brigade. From June 2011 to July 2013, he commanded the U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Sill, OK. From August 2013 – February 2015, Colonel Hossenlopp served as the Assistant Chief of Staff (ACOS) G3, NRDC-T in Istanbul, Turkey and Executive Officer to Commander, Allied Land Command in Izmir, Turkey. He currently serves as ACOS Joint Fires Influence and Targeting, Multinational Corps Northeast in Szczecin, Poland.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (2), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal (5), Army Commendation Medal (6), Army Achievement Medal (7), National Defense Service Medal (2), Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Defense of Saudi Arabia Medal, and Parachutist’s Badge. Colonel Hossenlopp has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health from Xavier University in Cincinnati, a Master of Science Degree (Administration) from Central Michigan University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. COL Hossenlopp and his wife, Shelley, have been married for 25 years and have two children: Cassady and Nick.
Colonel Glenn A. Waters
Colonel Glenn A. Waters is a native of Bethpage, New York. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery from West Point in 1989.
His first assignment was with the 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Calvary Regiment (ACR), in Fulda Germany, along the East -West Border. While there, he served in a Tank Company as the Company Fire Support Officer (FSO) and in Howitzer (HOW) Battery, a nuclear-capable Self-Propelled (155mm) Battery, where he served as a Battery Fire Direction Officer, Platoon Leader, and HOW Battery Executive Officer. He deployed to Iraq in support of the 1st Gulf War serving as a Battery FDO and Platoon Leader. Subsequently, he served with the 25th Infantry Division Artillery (Light) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii from 1994-1997.
While at Schofield Barracks, he served in 3-7 FA as the Brigade Targeting Officer, BN FSO, and as Alpha Battery Commander. While serving as the BN FSO, he deployed to Haiti. From 1997-2001, he was assigned to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) as an Observer Controller (O/C) serving on both the Live Fire Team and Fire Support Team. He was an O/C for Fire Support Live Fire, a Firing Battery, a BN FSO, and the FA BN TOC A/S-3. In 2002, he was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division (Light) at Fort Drum, NY where he served in 1st Brigade as the Brigade FSO, Battalion S3 for 3-6 FA and the 1st BCT Executive Officer. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of OEF IV as the S3 for 3-6 FA. As the Executive Officer, he assisted in simultaneously transforming the Brigade and preparing for deployment to Iraq.
He has served at West Point as a Military Science Instructor and the Field Artillery Branch Representative from 2005-2007. His battalion command was back at the 25th ID in command of 3-7 FA from January 2008- January 2010. His unit deployed to Tikrit, Iraq, from October 2008 – October 2009. After command, he returned to West Point where he served as the Deputy and later the Director of The William E. Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic.
He is a graduate of the following schools: Field Artillery Basic Course, Field Artillery and Infantry Advanced Courses, CAS3, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC), and the U.S. Army War College (USAWC). His military schools include; Ranger, Airborne, Air Assault, and Jump Master. He earned a Masters Degree from Central Michigan University in Human Resource Management and a Masters Degree from USAWC in Strategic Studies.
COL Waters’ awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Serves Medal, Armed Forces Expedition Medal, South West Asian Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, Airborne Badge, and Ranger Tab.
COL Waters has two daughters and a son.
Command Sergeant Major Walter Puckett
CSM Walter Puckett enlisted in the United States Army in March 1989. He received his first Basic and Advanced Individual Training as a Heavy Equipment Operator at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. After his first enlistment, he reclassified as an Infantryman and attended Infantry One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at 2nd Battalion 58th Infantry Ft. Benning, Georgia.
During his 25 years of service, CSM Puckett has held numerous leadership positions to include: Team Leader, Squad Leader, Drill Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Scout Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Committee Chief, Operations Sergeant Major, and Battalion Command Sergeant Major. His previous assignments include: 2nd Battalion 19th Infantry Regiment Ft Benning, GA. 1st Battalion 187th Infantry (RAKKASANS) Ft Campbell, KY, 4th Battalion 10th Infantry, Ft Jackson, S.C. 1st Battalion 14th Infantry Regiment Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, 1st Battalion 27th Infantry Regiment Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, 2nd Battalion 58th Infantry Fort Benning, GA, 3rd Battalion 327th Infantry Regiment Ft. Campbell, KY, 1st Battalion 506th Infantry Regiment Camp Greaves, Korea, 2nd Battalion 7th Calvary Ft Hood, TX, and 46th EN BN, Ft Rucker, AL.
CSM Puckett has participated in Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm, supporting the 24th Infantry Division. OIF II with the 1st Battalion 27th Infantry Regiment (Wolfhounds), 25th Infantry Division (Light) as a Platoon Sergeant. OIF 07-09 with the 1st Battalion14th Infantry Regiment (Golden Dragons), 25th Infantry Division as a First Sergeant. OEF 12-13 with the 1st Battalion 187th Infantry (RAKKASAN) as the Battalion Command Sergeant Major His military education includes; Rappel Master, Master Fitness Trainer, Sling load Master, Small Group Instructor Course, Total Army Instructor Training Course, Modern Army Combatives, all levels NCOES to include the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class #61.
His awards and decorations include: the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Parachute Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, Bronze Star (2nd Oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal(5th Oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (4th Oak leaf clusters), Army Good Conduct Medal (8th award), National Defense Service medal (with star), Korean Defense Service, South West Asia Service Medal (with 2 stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal(with 2 stars), Global War on Terrorism Service, NCO Professional Development Medal (number 4), Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Overseas Ribbon (number 4), Kuwait Liberation Medal, and Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medal. CSM Puckett is a recipient of the Order of Saint Maurice.
CSM Puckett is from Hendersonville, North Carolina and has been married to his wife Khristin for 25 years, they have four children, and two Grandkids.