LTC Michael D. Coleman
Lieutenant Colonel Michael D. Coleman was born in New York, NY. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and Master of Arts in Business Management from Webster University, Missouri.
LTC Coleman enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 1991 as an 11B Infantryman while attending Mansfield University. Upon graduation in May 1995, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery. After graduating from the Field Artillery basic course, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC where he served in numerous positions as a member of the 3rd Battalion 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment. In April 1999, he successfully completed Special Forces Assessment and Selection at Fort Bragg, NC.
In August 2001, following his completion of Special Forces training, LTC Coleman was assigned to 3rd Battalion 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, and served as the following: Commander Operational Detachment Alpha 782, Commander Operational Detachment Alpha 794, and Company Executive Officer for Charlie Company (Commander’s In-Extremis Force). During this time, he conducted numerous operational deployments to Haiti and Central and South America. In 2006, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the senior advisor to the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Force. Upon completion of his deployment, he attended the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS.
Following the conclusion of his studies at Fort Leavenworth in January 2008, LTC Coleman returned to 3rd Battalion 7th Special Forces Group as a Company Commander and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 12 as the senior advisor to the Afghan National Commando Brigade. Serving as the Battalion Operations Officer, he once again deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 14 as the Special Operations Task Force North and West Operations Officer.
Prior to his selection as the Albany Recruiting Commander, LTC Coleman was assigned in July 2010 to the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, FL. While at MacDill AFB, his assignments included Inter-Agency Task Force Operations Officer, Executive Officer to the Deputy Commander USSOCOM, Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff USSOCOM, and USSOCOM Commander’s Action Group.
LTC Coleman’s awards include the Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal. He has also earned the Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Military Free Fall Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Darrick R. Hazley
Command Sergeant Major Darrick R. Hazley was born May 27, 1969 in Trenton, New Jersey. After graduating high school in 1987, he enlisted in the United States Army November 23rd out of the Springfield MEPS, Springfield, Massachusetts. Following the completion of Initial Entry Training he was assigned to the 1/501st Airborne Battalion at Fort Richardson, Alaska, as a Paratrooper, Team Leader, Squad Leader, and member of the HHC Scout Platoon. Returning to the Continental United States (CONUS) he was assigned to Aberdeen, Maryland, where he served as a Squad Leader and Section Leader for the HHC Support Troops Operations Section.
CSM Hazley was selected as a detailed recruiter in September 1993. Upon completion of the United States Army Recruiter Course he was assigned to the Bridgeport Recruiting Station and later to Stamford Recruiting Station as the Station Commander, New Haven Recruiting Company, New Haven, Connecticut, Albany Recruiting Battalion, and 1st Recruiting Brigade. He was later assigned as Station Commander at East Point, Maryland, Towson, Maryland and Virginia Army Recruiting Station, and lastly to Battalion Master Trainer, Baltimore Recruiting Battalion. SGM Hazley completed three consecutive tours as a First Sergeant, Rhodes Island Recruiting Company, New England Battalion, Roanoke Recruiting Company, Beckley Recruiting Battalion where he also served as a Master Trainer, and Columbia Recruiting Company, Columbia Recruiting Battalion. Later SGM Hazley was assigned to the Army Recruiting and Retention School, Fort Jackson, South Carolina where he served as the Senior Instructor, primarily for Recruiting Company Commander’s Course and DA 1SG course. In 2010 he was assigned to the New York City Recruiting Battalion as the Operations SGM at which time he was selected to attend the United Sates Army Sergeant Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas. After completion of the SGM Academy he was assigned to the Albany Recruiting Battalion as the Battalion Operations SGM.
His education includes the United States Army Sergeant Major Academy, Guidance Counselor and Operations Course, Small Group Instructor Course, U.S. Army Instructor Training Course, DA 1SG Course, Senior Leadership Course, Advanced Leadership Course, Station Commander Course, Army Recruiter Course, Warrior Leader Course, U.S. Army Ranger School, Airborne School and Air Assault Course. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Excelsior College.
CSM Hazley awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (non-expeditionary). He holds the Army Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Army Recruiter Gold Recruiter Badge. Sergeant Major Hazley is also the recipient of the Army Recruiter Ring and the prestigious Glen E. Morrell Medallion for Recruiting Excellence.