LTC Paul T. Jackson
Lieutenant Colonel Paul T. Jackson assumed command of the Syracuse Recruiting Battalion in July 2014. The battalion, with companies in Syracuse, Fort Drum, Rochester, Buffalo, Olean and Wilkes-Barre, serves as the Army’s ambassadors to local communities throughout Upstate New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to the mission of recruiting the strength for America’s Army, the Battalion actively partners with local leaders, organizations and educators to mentor and provide educational resources to the area’s youth. LTC Jackson was born in Port Jefferson, NY and is a 1994 graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Upon graduation he received a commission as a second lieutenant through the ROTC program at Hofstra University. Upon completion of the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, LTC Jackson was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division in Bamberg, Germany where he served as Fire Direction Officer, Platoon Leader, and Battery Executive Officer during Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Division Fire Control Officer. After attending the Armor Officer Advanced Course, LTC Jackson served with the 82d Airborne Division Artillery in Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he was the 1-325 AIR Fire Support Officer during Operation Guardian Shield in Kosovo and Battery Commander of A/2-319 AFAR during Operation Iraqi Freedom. LTC Jackson served at U.S. Pacific Command in Camp Smith, HI as an Emergency Actions Officer and Chief of Emergency Procedures and Training. LTC Jackson graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 2007 while also earning a Master of Business Administration from Webster University. He was subsequently assigned to the 210th Fires Brigade in Camp Casey, Korea where he served as a Brigade Assistant S3, Battalion S3 and Brigade Executive Officer. Upon returning to the US from Korea LTC Jackson served as the Professor of Military Science at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. Most recently LTC Jackson just completed an operational deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he was assigned to HQ ISAF at Camp ISAF.
LTC Jackson’s awards and decorations include the the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Cluster, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Air Force Combat Readiness Medal, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Combat Action Badge, the Army Recruiter Badge and the Venezuelan Parachutist 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, and Command Career Counselor. 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. CSM Paradis has deployed in support of military operations to Panama, 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, and Recruiting Pre-Command 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 (8th award), National Defense Medal (2 BSS), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 BSS), Kosovo Campaign Medal (1 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