LTC Scott E. Holden
Lieutenant Colonel Scott Holden assumed command of the Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion on 31 July 2016. LTC Holden is a native of New York, born in Batavia and a graduate from Perry Central High School. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the Army and served as an Infantryman for over 11 years in a variety of assignments to include a deployment to Operation Desert Shield/Storm with the 3/187 (Rakkasans), Fort Campbell KY. LTC Holden earned his commission as an Infantry Second Lieutenant from the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, GA in 1997. LTC Holden was career field designated into the Adjutant General Corps in 2006.
His previous assignments include: Adjutant General Branch representative and Instructor of Logistics and Resource Operations, US Army Command & General Staff College, and G-1 of the Combined Arms College of Leadership Development and Education, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Brigade S-1, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, which included a deployment to Iraq, as part of Operation New Dawn; Recruiting Company Commander, Lincoln Nebraska, 5th Recruiting Brigade, Des Moines Recruiting Battalion; Battalion S3 air and Company Commander of Charlie and Headquarters Companies, 1st CAV Division, 3rd Brigade 1/9 Calvary Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas, which included a deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom II; Platoon Leader in the 4th Infantry Division, 1st Brigade, 1-22 Infantry, Fort Hood, Texas.
His professional military education includes the U.S. Army Command & General Staff Officer College, and the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Ranger School, Airborne School, and Air Assault School.
LTC Holden holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Tarleton State University and a Masters of Arts in Human Resources Management from Webster University. He is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resource (SPHR).
LTC Holden’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2nd award), the Meritorious Service Medal (6th award), Army Commendation Medal (6th award), Army Achievement Medal (6th award) National Defense Service Medal with star, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge with star, Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Russell A. Paradis
Command Sergeant Major Paradis is a native of St. Albans, Vermont, and entered the Army in August 1989. He attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, GA, and trained as an Infantryman (11B). In 1999 SGM Paradis reclassified to Career Counselor (79S).
During his career, he has held positions as Machine Gunner, Fire Team Leader, Squad Leader, Anti-Armor Section Leader, Recruiter, Senior Career Counselor, First Sergeant, Command Career Counselor, and Battalion Command Sergeant Major.
His assignments include 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC; 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, HI; Special Operations Recruiting Battalion, Fort Bragg, NC; 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea; USA NATO Brigade, Tompkins Barracks, Germany; 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, CO; USA Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, OK; Syracuse Recruiting Battalion, Syracuse, NY. CSM Paradis has deployed in support of military operations to the Persian Gulf, Haiti, Kosovo, and Iraq.
Military schools include Airborne, Jumpmaster, Pathfinder, Air Assault, Jungle Warfare Course, Malaysian Combat Tracking, Career Counselor Basic Course, Recruiter Course, First Sergeant Course, Asymmetrical Warfare Course, Battalion Pre-Command Course, and Command Sergeants Major Course. He has completed all required Noncommissioned Officer Education System schooling to include the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 58).
Awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (5OLC), Army Commendation Medal (9OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (7OLC), Meritorious Unit Citation, Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (9th award), National Defense Medal (2 BSS), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 BSS), Kosovo Campaign Medal (2 BSS), Iraq Campaign Medal (1 BSS), GWOT Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCOPD Ribbon (#4), Overseas Service Ribbon (#4), NATO Kosovo Medal, Saudi Arabian Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Career Counselor Badge, Gold Army Recruiter Badge (3 sapphire star), Master Parachutist Badge, United Arab Emirates Parachutist Badge, and Venezuelan Parachutist Badge. CSM Paradis is a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.
His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College in NY; Master of Science in Human Relations and Master of Arts, with a concentration in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma.