LTC Matthew S. Balint
Lieutenant Colonel Matt Balint is a native of Youngstown, Ohio. He graduated from Purdue University in 1996 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Officer.
Upon graduating the Infantry Officers Basic Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, Lieutenant Colonel Balint was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Mortar Platoon Leader, and the Battalion Adjutant. After graduating the Special Forces Qualification Course, Lieutenant Colonel Balint was assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis, Washington where he served as a Special Forces Operational Detachment - Alpha Commander, Special Forces Company Executive Officer, and the battalion logistics officer. He then served in the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) as the Company Commander of the Military Freefall School at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, the Executive Officer for the Advanced Skills Battalion, and the Aide de Camp for the Commanding General of the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Lieutenant Colonel Balint most recently served as the Commander’s Initiative Group Director for the Special Operations Joint Task Force – Afghanistan.
His deployments include Operation Restore Hope – Haiti 1999, Operation Iraqi Freedom 2006, Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan 2014, and Operation Resolute Support – Afghanistan 2015.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Combat Infantry Man’s Badge, Expert Infantry Man’s Badge, the Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
Lieutenant Colonel Balint holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Purdue University and a Master’s Degree in Defense Analysis – Unconventional Warfare from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Charles Jerome Peterson, II
Command Sergeant Major Charles Jerome Peterson, II is a native of Saginaw, Mich. His military career began in 1990 as an Administrative Specialist in the Michigan National Guard. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, S.C. In 1991 he enlisted in the United States Army and attended Advanced Individual Training at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. as a Welder.
Throughout his Army career, Command Sergeant Major Peterson has held a variety of leadership positions ranging from Squad Leader, Section Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Center Commander, Instructor, Writer/Developer, First Sergeant and Operations Sergeant Major. His other assignments include service with the Cold Regions Test Center at Fort Greely, Alaska; 24th Transportation Battalion at Fort Eustis, Va.; Chicago Recruiting Battalion at Fort Sheridan, Ill.; 596th Maintenance Company in Darmstadt, Germany; Minneapolis Recruiting Battalion at Fort Snelling, Minn.; Recruiting and Retention School at Fort Jackson, S.C.; Chicago Recruiting Battalion at Fort Sheridan, Ill.; Columbus Recruiting Battalion, Columbus, Ohio; Syracuse Recruiting Battalion, Syracuse, N.Y; Milwaukee Recruiting Battalion, Milwaukee, WI. Before arriving to New York City Battalion, he was assigned as the Command Sergeant Major for the Milwaukee Recruiting Battalion.
Command Sergeant Major Peterson graduated from all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System to include the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 63. He has also completed the Recruiter Course, Station Commander Course, Instructor Course, and DA First Sergeants Course.
He holds an associate degree in General Studies from University of Phoenix, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership (Cum Laude) from Mountain State University and Master of Arts in Leadership from The University of Texas at El Paso.
Command Sergeant Major Petersons’ awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. He also earned the Army Recruiter Gold Badge with three sapphires, Army Recruiter Ring, and the coveted Glen E. Morrell award.