LTC Travis E. McCrackine
Lieutenant Colonel Travis E. McCrackine is a native of Miami, Florida and received his commission in the Infantry through ROTC at Hampden-Sydney College in 1997. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Western Carolina University and a Master of Arts Degree from Webster University.
Lieutenant Colonel McCrackine’s first duty assignment was with the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Schweinfurt, Germany. Later assignments include 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, 1st Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia, and National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.
Lieutenant Colonel McCrackine completed the Psychological Operations Qualification Course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 2007 and was assigned to the 1st Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne) as a Detachment Commander. He was then reassigned to the 9th Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne) as a Company Commander. Lieutenant Colonel McCrackine was next assigned as the Executive Officer of 7th Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne). In 2012 Lieutenant McCrackine was assigned to the Joint Staff as a branch chief in the J-3’s Deputy Directorate for Global Operations.
His deployments include Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, as well as overseas assignments in Germany and Panama. Lieutenant Colonel McCrackine’s military education includes the Infantry Officer's Basic and Career Courses; Bradley Fighting Vehicle Leader Course; Jumpmaster Course; Psychological Operations Qualification Course; Advanced Regional Analysis Course; Special Operations Language Training (Spanish); Army Command and General Staff College and Joint Forces Staff College.
His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (3 campaign stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (2 campaign stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge and Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge. Foreign awards include Parachutist Badges from Canada and Ecuador.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Troy A. Brown
CSM Troy A. Brown graduated from Central High School, Flint, Michigan in 1988 and enlisted into the U.S. Army on October 12, 1988 as a Combat Engineer. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Management and Organizational Development from Spring Arbor College in Jackson, Michigan in 1999. He completed his Juris Doctorate Degree with Thomas Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan in 2005.
CSM Brown completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri in February 1989. He then served tours of duty with the 7th Engineer Battalion in Fort Polk, Louisiana, and 2nd Engineer Battalion in Camp Casey, Korea, and the 1st Engineer Battalion in Fort Riley, Kansas, where he served as a Combat Engineer team leader, Squad Leader, and Platoon Sergeant. He volunteered for recruiting duty in 1998 and was assigned to the Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion where he served as a Recruiter and Station Commander from 1998-2004. He was promoted to Master Sergeant in October 2004 and served as the USAR Operations NCOIC for the Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion from 2004-2006, and as the Senior Operations NCOIC for the Sacramento Recruiting Battalion from 2006-2008. CSM Brown served as First Sergeant of the Sierra Nevada Recruiting Company from June 2008 to 2011 and was promoted to Sergeant Major on 1 Nov 2010.
CSM Brown graduated from the Sergeants Major Academy in June 2008. His other military schools include the USAREC First Sergeants Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, and the Primary Leadership Development Course.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with one silver and 2 oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with one silver and one oak leaf clusters, the Good Conduct Medal (7), the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Development Ribbon (4), the Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon.