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-
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
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
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.
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.
Ms. Julia Sibilla assumed the role of Deputy Garrison Commander at USAG Fort Sill, Oklahoma in
October 2020. She comes to the Garrison from the State Department, Conflict and Stabilization
Operations (CSO) Africa Bureau where she was a Defense Senior Leadership Development Fellow and
Stabilization Advisor. A distinguished graduate of the National War College in Washington, DC, she
earned a master’s degree in National Security Strategy.
Her extensive experience in installation management and Soldier and Family Support includes
assignments in Romania, Bulgaria, Belgium, and Italy. Ms. Sibilla served as the inaugural Site
Director at the Novo Selo Training Area (NSTA), Bulgaria where she established base operations for
IMCOM in the Black Sea region. She previously served in several roles at the Army Community Service
at USAG Italy, including the role of Director.
Ms. Sibilla previously served at the Pentagon in the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for
Installation Management as a Strategic Planner in the Operations Directorate. In this capacity she
provided subject matter expertise on Forward Operating Sites (FOS) and contingency basing in the
Black Sea Area of Responsibility.
In addition to over 25 years of experience serving at military installations around the globe,
Julia has also worked as a UN staff member and as a DOD education contractor with program oversight
in Europe and the Middle East, including several brief deployments to Iraq, Djibouti, and
Ms. Sibilla is married to Angelo Sibilla, a retired Italian Infantry Officer, and is the proud
mother of two awesome young women.
• Oct 2020-Present: Deputy Garrison Commander, USAG Fort Sill, OK
• Jun 2020-Oct 2020: Stabilization Advisor, DSLDP Fellow, U.S. Department of State, Conflict &
Stabilization Operations-Africa, Washington, DC
• Jul 2019-Jun 2020: Graduate Student, National War College, National Defense University,
• Jan 2018-Jul 2019: Strategic Planner, Operations Directorate, Deputy Chief of Staff,
Installations (G9), The Pentagon, Arlington, VA
• Aug 2016-Jan 2018: Site Director/Deputy Garrison Manager, Novo Selo Training Area (NSTA),
• Jun 2016-Aug 2016: Operations Officer, MK Airbase, Romania
• Mar 2009-Jun 2016: Director, Supervisory Community Program Manager, Relocation Manager, Army
Community Service, USAG Italy, Vicenza, Italy
• MS, National Security Strategy, The National War College, The National Defense University,
Washington, DC, 2020
• MS, Management, Boston University, Brussels, Belgium, 2003
• MA, Humanities, California State University, Dominguez Hills, CA, 2000
• BA, History, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 1985
• Defense Senior Leader Development Program (DSLDP), Cohort 2019, graduation 2021
• Strategic Planning Course, Army War College (AWC), 2019
• Senior Manager’s Course (SMC) for National Security Strategy, George Washington University,
Elliott School of International Studies, 2018
• Joint Humanitarian Operations Course, USAID, 2018
• Anti-Terrorism II Officer Course, 2017
• Mediation Training, The Justice Center of Atlanta, GE, 2016
• Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP), 2016
AWARDS AND HONORS:
• Distinguished Graduate & Writing Excellence Award, National War College
• Meritorious Civilian Service Medal
• Superior Civilian Service Award (2X), Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (5X), and Army
Achievement Medal (3X)
• NATO Rapid Reaction Force, French CG Award for Excellence
• USAG Italy Volunteer Family of the Year
• IMCOM-E Phenomenal Woman of the Year-USAG Italy