LTC Kevin Buettner
Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Buettner was born and raised in Brookfield, Wisconsin. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics. In 1999, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Intelligence Corps.
Lieutenant Colonel Buettner most recently served on the Joint Staff as a Joint Targeting Officer and Operations and Plans Branch Chief within the Directorate for Intelligence, J2. His previous assignments include: Deputy J2 for CENTCOM Forward - Jordan in Amman; Division ACE Chief and Deputy G2 for 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas; Instructor and Course Director in the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering at the United States Military Academy; Commander, A Co, 206th Military Intelligence Battalion and Watch Officer for the National Security Agency/Georgia at Fort Gordon; Company Executive Officer, C Co, 313th Military Intelligence Battalion, Battalion Intelligence Officer, S2, for 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment (AASLT), and Assistant S2 for 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (ABN) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Lieutenant Colonel Buettner has two combat deployments to Afghanistan and a deployment to Jordan.
Lieutenant Colonel Buettner's Army education includes: the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course and the Military Intelligence Officer Advance Course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, the Combined Arms Staff Service College, and Army Command and General Staff College. He also received a Master's Degree in Physics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal and Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, and Joint Staff Identification Badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Michael T. Forbes II
Command Sergeant Major Michael T. Forbes II was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. He enlisted in the Army Reserves in November 1987 and was assigned to the 2053rd Army Reception Battalion in Baltimore, MD. He completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, SC, and was awarded MOS 75D, Personnel Records Specialist in 1988. In May 1989, he enlisted in the Regular Army and was assigned to Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Command Sergeant Major Forbes’ first assignment was the 507th Personnel Service Center, where he served as an Enlisted Personnel Records Clerk and Special Actions/Quality Assurance Team member. In 1992, he was assigned to the 4th Personnel Service Center, Fort Carson, CO where he served as Enlisted Evaluations Clerk, Enlisted Records Team Chief and NCOIC, Customer Service Section. In 1994, he entered U.S. Army Recruiting Command and was assigned to the Houston Recruiting Battalion, Greens Road Recruiting Station. In 1997, he served as a Limited Production Station Commander, Humble Recruiting Station. He went on to become a Recruiter Trainer for the battalion in 1999. Command Sergeant Major Forbes was assigned to the Recruiting and Retention School, Fort Jackson, SC in 2001 where he worked as a Platform Instructor/Writer. In July 2003, he was assigned as the First Sergeant, Lewisville Company, Dallas Recruiting Battalion. In 2005, he was assigned to the 5th Recruiting Brigade as the NCOIC, Brigade Operations. Following his selection and training for Sergeant Major, he was assigned to the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion in 2010, where he served as Battalion Operations Sergeant Major. Command Sergeant Major Forbes most recently served as the Nashville Recruiting Battalion Command Sergeant Major from December 2012 to June 2015.
Command Sergeant Major Forbes has completed all levels of Noncommissioned Officer professional military education and is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 60. He has also completed the USAREC Station Commander Course, Master Trainer Course, Instructor Course, Guidance Counselor/Operations Course, Battle Staff Course, DA First Sergeant Course, and USAREC Command Sergeants Major Course.
Command Sergeant Major Forbes’ awards and decorations include five Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals , the Army Good Conduct Medal (8th award), and the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral 4). He earned the Recruiting Gold Badge, Recruiter Ring and the Glenn E. Morrell Award. His USAREC accomplishments include Top New Recruiter Houston Battalion, First Sergeant of the Year Dallas Battalion 2004 and 2005.