LTC Christopher D. Wood
LTC Chris Wood, a native of Hamlin, W. Va., enlisted as a cannon crewmember in December 1988. He served three years in various enlisted positions as a field artilleryman at Fort Knox, KY and in Turkey during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He earned his commission as a distinguished military graduate through the Army ROTC ‘Green to Gold” Scholarship program at Marshall University where he also graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BBA in Accounting. In 2003 he completed a Master's Degree in Business Administration with Webster University.
His officer assignments include: 1994-1998: Operations Officer, Chief of Pay and Examination, and Commander HHD, 267th Finance Battalion, Fort Richardson, Alaska. 1998-2001: Disbursing Officer and Commander, HHD, 39th Finance Battalion, Hanau Germany with deployments as Commander, Delta Detachment, 39th Finance Battalion to Macedonia in support of Operation Joint Guardian; and Finance Support Team leader to Nigeria in support of Operation Focus Relief. 2001-2008: Executive Officer and Commander for several Special Mission Finance Units in the US Army Special Operations Command and Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, NC with multiple deployments supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. 2009-2010: Chief, Quality Assurance, 18th Financial Management Center, Fort Bragg, NC with deployment to Kuwait supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. 2010-2012: Chief, Sensitive Activities Division and Chief, Budget Execution Division for the Deputy Chief of Staff, Comptroller, US Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, NC.
His military schooling includes the Finance Officer Basic Course; Finance Officer's Advanced Course; Planning, Programming, Budget, and Execution System Course; Advanced Management Accounting Course; Fiscal Law Course; Joint Contingency Comptroller Course; Combined Arms and Services Staff School; Command and General Staff College; Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Course; U.S. Army Airborne School; U.S. Army Air Assault School and German Airborne School.
LTC Wood’s key military decorations include: Bronze Star Medal (with bronze oak leaf); Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with bronze oak leaf); Meritorious Service Medal (with bronze oak leaf); Army Commendation Medal (with four oak leaves); Army Achievement Medal (with silver oak leaf); National Defense Service Medal (with bronze campaign star); Southwest Asia Service Medal (with bronze campaign star); Kosovo Campaign Medal;
Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal; NATO Medal; Presidential Unit Citation – Army; and the Combat Action Badge.
He assumed command of the Beckley Battalion on 08 June 2012.
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.