LTC Nicholas Montalto III
LTC Nick Montalto is a 1999 Distinguished Military Graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Upon completion of the Infantry Officer Basic Course and Ranger Course he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, FT Bragg, NC where he served as a Airborne Rifle Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Battalion S3 Air Operations Officer and Assistant BN S2. LTC Montalto deployed to OEF and OIF with the BN. After attending the Military Intelligence Captain’s Career Course, LTC Montalto was assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment at FT Benning, GA as the Regimental Assistant S2 where he deployed two times to OEF. He was then selected to command the 75th Ranger Regimental STB, Military Intelligence Company, where he deployed two more times to OEF and OIF. LTC Montalto was then selected to serve as the 1st Ranger Battalion Senior Intelligence Officer in which he deployed 2 more times to OIF. LTC Montalto was then later assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command as an interagency liaison officer. LTC Montalto was selected to attend the National Intelligence University where he earned his Master’s Degree in Strategic Intelligence. LTC Montalto’s last assignment was with the United States Special Operation Command’s Joint Communication Integration Element where he served as the Director of Operations and as the Executive Officer.
LTC Montalto’s Military Education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Military Intelligence Captains Career Course, Air Command and Staff College, Computer Network Operations Planner’s course, Ranger, Airborne, Jumpmaster, and Pathfinder schools.
LTC Montalto’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with 2OLC), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (with 2OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (with 2OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (with 2OLC), the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, the Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/2 service stars, the Iraqi Campaign Medal w/2 service stars, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Combat Action Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Argentinean, Ecuadorian, Chilean, German, and Italian Parachutist Badge, the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge in Gold, the Pathfinder Badge, and the Ranger Tab.
LTC Montalto has a Master’s degree from the National Intelligence University, two from Webster’s University, and is a recent graduate of the FBI National Academy where he earned a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Steven R. Laick
A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Laick enlisted as a Soldier in 1989 in the Army Reserves as a Single Channel Radio Operator (31C) and Cannon Crew Member (13B). CSM Laick left the Army Reserves in March of 1993 to pursue his military career on a full-time basis enlisting into the Active Army as an Armament Systems Repairer (45K).
CSM Laick attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and advanced individual training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. After returning to his Army Reserve unit, he attended Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Upon entry to active service, he attended Armament Systems Repair School at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
CSM Laick has served in every leadership position from team leader to Battalion Operations Sergeant Major. His broadening assignments include Recruiting Senior Master Trainer and Senior Career Manager for MOS 79R (Recruiter).
His assignments include Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Fort Gordon, Georgia; Fort Benning, Georgia; Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland; Fort Irwin, California; La Vale, Maryland; Fairmont, West Virginia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Indiana, Pennsylvania; Charleston, West Virginia; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Des Moines, Iowa; Fort Knox, Kentucky; Fort Bliss, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
CSM Laick’s military education includes the Airborne School, Warrior Leaders Course, Combat Life Savers Course, Air Assault Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Recruiter Course, Station Commanders Course, Senior Leader Course, First Sergeant Course, Recruiting Master Trainer Course, Force Management Course, Master Resilience Trainer Course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 65). His civilian education includes a high school diploma from Hirschi High School, an Associate’s Degree for Business Management from Barstow Community College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing from Columbia Southern University where he graduated Cum Laude.
CSM Laick’s decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Achievement Medal with one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster; Global War on Terrorism Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal 7th Award; National Defense Service Medal second award; Professional Development Ribbon with numeral four; and the Army Service Ribbon. His Awards also include Army Superior Unit Award with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Adjutant General’s Corps Association COL Robert L. Manning Achievement Medal, the Glenn E. Morrell Award for Excellence in Recruiting, Army Recruiting Ring for Excellence in Recruiting, and the Army Recruiting Gold Badge with three Sapphire Stars.