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COL Don A. King Jr.
COL Don A. King Jr., native of Arcadia, Florida, enlisted into the US Army in 1986. His first assignment was in the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. While there, COL King attended Ranger School and deployed to Operation Just Cause. In 1991, he attended the Special Forces Qualification Course and graduated as a Special Forces Medic. He was then assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
In 1995, COL King was commissioned as an Infantry 2d LT through Officer Candidate School (OCS). Following OCS, he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. COL King served as a Ranger Platoon Leader before completing the Special Forces Detachment Officer's Qualification Course and was then assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) in 2001. He commanded three Operational Detachment-Alpha(s) and deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was then assigned to USASOC to serve as the Executive Officer to the Deputy Commanding General and deployed to Iraq as the Executive Officer to the Deputy Commanding General of Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command and the Commanding General of a Joint Interagency Task Force.
From 2006-2008, COL King commanded Company C, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces (Airborne). In 2008, he was assigned to 2d Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) as the Advanced Skills Battalion Operations Officer. From 2009-2011, he Commanded Special Forces Assessment and Selection, that later became the Army Special Operations Forces Assessment and Selection Company. In 2011, COL King served as the Director of Human Dynamics for the Special Warfare Education Group (Airborne).
From 2012-2014, COL King Commanded the US Army Marksmanship Unit, deploying portions of his command to conduct marksmanship training for the Afghan National Army. Following this command, he served as the Executive Officer to the Commanding General of the United States John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Most recently he served in Afghanistan as the Chief of Staff for the NATO Special Operations Component Command Afghanistan and the Special Operations Joint Task Force Afghanistan.
COL King holds a BS degree from Troy State and Master's degrees from Webster University and the United States Army War College.
COL King's awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (6th award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4th award), and Army Achievement Medal (6th award). He also holds the Combat Infantryman Badge (2 Awards), Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachute Badge (with Combat Star), Special Operations Combat Diver Badge, and the Special Forces and Ranger Tabs.
COL King is married to the former Rika Mando of Fayetteville North Carolina and has two sons, Tyler and Dakota.
CSM Russell R. Blackwell
Command Sergeant Major Russell R. Blackwell originally hails from Turtletown, TN. He graduated from Copper Basin High School in Copperhill, TN, in May 1996. He entered the Army in July of that same year at Fort Sill, OK, and completed initial entry training in the Field Artillery.
CSM Blackwell has held every leadership position from Platoon Forward Observer to Command Sergeant Major. His stateside assignments include Fort Sill, OK; Fort Stewart, GA; Chattanooga, TN; Fort Bragg, NC; Fort Bliss, TX; and Fort Drum, NY. His overseas assignments include two tours in the Republic of Korea and Schofield Barracks, HI. He as deployed twice with the 82nd Airborne Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served as the Battalion Command Sergeant Major of 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery, and the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY. On 4 October 2019, CSM Blackwell assumed responsibility as the Garrison Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Sill.
CSM Blackwell’s military schools include all levels of the NCOPDS system culminating with the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 67. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Basic Airborne Course, Jumpmaster Course, Air Assault School, the Recruiter Course, the Master Resiliency Course, the Battle Staff Course, the Battalion Pre-Command Course, the Garrison Pre-Command Course, and the Brigade Pre-Command Course. His college education includes a Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude) in Political Science and Public Administration from Troy University and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs and Security from the University of North Georgia.
CSM Blackwell’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (five Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (four Oak Leaf Clusters), the Good Conduct Medal (seventh award), the National Defense Service Ribbon, the Iraq Campaign Medal (two bronze stars), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (number 5), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Services Ribbon (number 5), the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Army Superior Unit Award, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Gold Recruiter Badge (3rd Sapphire), the German Parachutist Badge, the Royal Thailand Army Parachutist Badge, and the Driver’s Bade (W). He is a member of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.
CSM Blackwell is married to Mrs. LaFleur Blackwell. He has two daughters, Kayla and Raegan.
Mr. Audy Snodgrass
Audy Snodgrass began his military career as an enlisted Soldier when he enlisted to be an Infantryman in 1973. He attended Basic and Advanced Infantry Training (AIT) in 1973 at Fort Polk, La. His first assignment was as an Infantry squad leader with the Third Infantry Division in Kitzingen, Germany. While there he was selected to attend the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School at Fort Monmouth, N.J. Upon graduation from USMAPS, Snodgrass received an Army nomination to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Upon his graduation from the Military Academy in 1980, Snodgrass received a commission in the Infantry. After a period of training at Fort Benning, Ga., he was assigned to 3d Battalion 11th Infantry (Mechanized), 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Polk. There he served as a weapons platoon leader, Infantry platoon leader, support platoon leader, company commander, and battalion S4. Snodgrass then served as an assistant professor of English at the Military Academy. Upon completion of that assignment, he served at the National Training Center, first as an observer-controller for the Green Team (Scorpions) and then later as the secretary of the general staff. After CGSC, Snodgrass served with the 1st Battalion 9th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division as an S3 operations officer. He then moved to serve as chief of operations for Readiness Group Fort Lewis, Wash. From Fort Lewis,. Snodgrass moved to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia where he served as G3 (Forward) for ARCENT-SA, where he coordinated the Patriot defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. From Saudi Arabia, Snodgrass was selected to be the G-3 for the 1st Armored Division in Bad Kreuznach, Germany.
There he led the effort to redeploy the division from Bosnia and return it to fighting proficiency. Afterwards, Snodgrass was selected to serve as the chief of plans for V Corps in Heidelberg, Germany. There he played a key role in the planning and execution of the ground preparations for the Kosovo Campaign. Selected for command, Snodgrass then moved to Fort Benning, Ga. where he assumed command of the 1-30th Infantry (Mechanized), 3d Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. His command tour was highlighted by his unit’s selection to assist the 10th Mountain Division during its rotation supporting the peacekeeping mission in Kosovo.
Returning from the Balkans, Snodgrass assumed the position of deputy commander, 11th Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning. After attending the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, he was assigned as the deputy chief of staff, G-3, for U.S. Army Japan (USARJ) and then later as USARJ chief of staff at Camp Zama, Japan. He retired from Army on Sept. 1, 2006. He then assumed the position of director of plans, training, and mobilization (DPTMS) for Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He next assumed the position as director of DPTMS for Fort Hood, Texas in August 2007. From there, he went to the position of garrison manager, US Army Garrison Miami in March 2010. In January 2012, he assumed the position as garrison manager, Dugway Proving Ground. In March 2015, he was named the deputy garrison commander at Fort Sill, Okla.
His military training includes graduation from the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Ranger Course, Airborne Course, Combined Staff Officer Course, Command and General Staff Officer Course, and the Bradley Infantry Vehicle Commander’s Course. Snodgrass’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the Military Academy; a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Rochester, N.Y.; and a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Studies from the Air War College in Montgomery. Ala. Snodgrass has earned the Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and Expert Infantryman’s Badge. His awards include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Superior Unit Medal (2 awards), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with numeral 2, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Superior Civilian Service Award, Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, and NATO Medal.
Snodgrass is married to the former Hongvone Tran of Vientien, Laos. He has three children.