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 Steve T. Monday
CSM Steve Monday hails from Tulsa, Ok. He entered the Army on 27 Sep 1987 as a 13B Cannon Crewmember. He completed Basic Combat Training and Advance Individual Training at Ft. Sill, OK.
CSM Monday was assigned as Cannon Crewmember in 5th Battalion 3rd Field Artillery Regiment in Giessen Germany, and 3rd Field Artillery Regiment Ft. Hood TX; Gunner in the 3rd Battalion 82nd Field Artillery Regiment Ft. Hood TX and the 5th Battalion 41st Field Artillery Regiment Schweinfurt, Germany; Section Chief and Gunnery Sergeant in Howitzer Battery 3rd Squadron 3rd ACR Ft. Bliss TX and Ft. Carson CO.
CSM Monday was assigned to recruiting duties in Sep 1998 and assigned to the Southern California Recruiting Battalion where he served as a Detail Recruiter for the San Bernardino Recruiting Center, and as a Center Commander for the Fontana Recruiting Center. Upon selection to Master Sergeant he served as the Senior Guidance Counselor for the Jackson Military Entrance Processing Station in Jackson MS, First Sergeant for the St. Petersburg Recruiting Company and the Orlando Recruiting Company in the Tampa Recruiting Battalion, Division II Chief of the Army Recruiters Course, and as an instructor for the Recruiting Company Leader Course at the United States Army Recruiting and Retention School at Ft Jackson SC. CSM Monday was selected to attend the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy and upon graduation he was assigned as the Operations Sergeant Major for the New York City Recruiting Battalion.
CSM Monday’s military education includes United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 63, the Department of the Army First Sergeants Course, United States Army Recruiting Command First Sergeants Course, Guidance Counselor Operations Course, Center Commander Course, Senior Leaders Course, Advance Leaders Course, Army Recruiter’s Course, Army Staff and Faculty Course, and the Warrior Leaders Course.
CSM Monday’s awards and decorations includes the Meritorious Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (five oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (two silver oak leaf clusters), Good Conduct Medal (eighth award) Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (numerical device 4), National Defense Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon (numerical device 2), and the Army Superior Unit Award. CSM Steve Monday has the earned prestigious Glen E. Morrell Award the highest achievement for recruiting excellence, the Recruiter’s Ring, and the Gold Recruiting Badge with three sapphire stars.
CSM Steve Monday civilian education consists of a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, and a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Strategic Leadership both from Trident University International (TUI) in Cypress CA.