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COL Rhett A. Taylor
Colonel Rhett A. Taylor enlisted in the Indiana National Guard in 1991. He received his commission as a Field Artillery Officer in 1997 through the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) upon his graduation from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. His first duty station was Vilseck and Bamberg, Germany, serving in the 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment (1st Infantry Division) as a company fire support officer, platoon fire direction officer (Kosovo), platoon leader, and battalion logistics officer from 1998-2001. Following the field artillery advanced course he remained at Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he was assigned to the 214th Field Artillery Brigade. There he served as the brigade fire control officer and deployed in support of the initial invasion of Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He then commanded Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Regiment from 2003- 2005.
Upon completion of command, COL Taylor, was assigned to 205th Infantry Brigade, Camp Atterbury, Indiana. There he served as an observer-trainer and operations officer in 2nd Battalion, 335th Infantry and a brigade plans officer. He then deployed as part of a Military Transition Team to Mosul, Iraq where he served as an operations officer advisor to an Iraqi Brigade from 2007-2008.
Following Command and General Staff College he was assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado. There he served as the Battalion Executive Officer for 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment. He later served as the brigade fire support coordinator during the brigade’s deployment to Kandahar City, Afghanistan as part of Regional Command – South, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2011-2012. In 2012, COL Taylor reported to Mission Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he served as a fires observer, coach, trainer and senior fires warfighting function chief.
From July 2015 to July 2017 COL Taylor command 2-289 Infantry Regiment at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. The regiment was responsible for the training and mentoring of 12 National Guard battalions that resided within a six-state region. Following battalion command COL Taylor served as a planner in the Commander’s Initiative Group for the Command General of Training and Doctrine Command; Fort Eustis, Virginia. Upon graduation from the Army War College, COL Taylor assumed duties as the Director, G-3/5/7 Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill.
COL Taylor’s decorations include the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters (OLC), Meritorious Service Medal with three OLC, Army Commendation Medal with three OLC, Army Achievement Medal with three OLC, Valorous Unit Award, and Combat Action Badge. He is a graduate of the Airborne and Air Assault Courses.
He is married to the former Ms. Amy Heckelmoser.
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.