COL Stephen J. Grabski
COL Stephen J. Grabski graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and was commissioned into the Infantry in June 1991.
He initially served as a Mechanized Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.
In February, 1996, he reported to the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York, initially serving as Chief of Training, G3, prior to assuming command. In 1997, he assumed command of Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry, 2nd Brigade, with a deployment to the Jungle Operations Training Course, Panama. His last six months assigned to Fort Drum were spent with the 174th Training Support Brigade conducting Active Component training of Reserve Component maneuver brigades in New York, Florida, and Indiana.
From September 1999 to April 2003, COL Grabski served a Reserve Officers' Training Corps Assistant Professor of Military Science, Syracuse University, New York. During this time, he served in multiple positions including instructor for the sophomore, junior, and senior classes as well as Recruiting Operations Officer.
From May 2003 to July 2007, COL Grabski was reassigned to the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, where he immediately deployed as the Secretary Combined Joint Staff, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. In August 2004, he changed positions to Executive Officer to activate 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry, 2nd Brigade. In July 2005, he assumed duties as Operations Officer, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry, 3rd Brigade, and in January 2006, they deployed to Paktika, Afghanistan and later Helmand, Afghanistan, in support of the NATO expansion. From August 2006 to June 2007, he served as Operations Officer, 3rd Brigade in Khowst and later Nangarhar, Afghanistan.
From August 2007 to June 2010, he was assigned to NATO serving on the Afghan Operations Team, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Mons, Belgium. He coordinated with the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Headquarters to activate the NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan and the ISAF Joint Command in conjunction with the U.S. troop surges. From July 2010 to July 2011, he served as the Executive Officer for SHAPE, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Intelligence, responsible for all NATO Operations including successful completion of NATO Operations in Libya and Iraq.
COL Grabski’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal (2nd Award), the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (6th Award), the Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award), the NATO Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation (2nd Award), Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Expert Infantryman's Badge, Ranger Tab, the Parachutist Badge, and the U.S. Army Infantry’s Order of St. Maurice. COL Grabski has also been awarded the German Cross of Honor “Ehrenkreuz” Silver Award for his work in support of the German Chief of Staff at SHAPE.
COL Grabski has attended the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School and the Command and General Staff Officers Course.
He was promoted to COL on 30 January 2014.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Luis F. Figueroa
Command Sergeant Major Luis F. Figueroa is a native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, but hails from Jacksonville, FL. He entered the Army on March 8, 1988, attending basic training at Fort Jackson, SC, and advanced individual training at Fort Lee, VA. He graduated as a Stock Control and Accounting Specialist, MOS 76P.
Command Sergeant Major Figueroa had two overseas tours--in Germany, and in Saudi Arabia, during Operations Desert Storm/Shield/Liberation of Kuwait.
He began his recruiting career in April 1995 as a recruiter with the Daytona Beach Recruiting Company, Jacksonville Battalion. He later moved to the Jacksonville Recruiting Company where he was a station commander in two different stations. Remaining with the Jacksonville Recruiting Battalion he served as a Senior Guidance Counselor (Military Entrance Processing Station), First Sergeant, Daytona Beach Recruiting Company, Operations Noncommissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC), Master Trainer, and First Sergeant, Jacksonville Recruiting Company. His subsequent assignments included Operations NCOIC, Dallas Recruiting Battalion, Dallas, TX, Operations Sergeant Major, Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion, Lakehurst, NJ; and most recently, Command Sergeant Major, Syracuse Recruiting Battalion, Syracuse, NY.
His military/civilian education includes all military NCOES,
to include the Sergeant Majors Academy, 1SG Course, Army Recruiting School, Station Commander’s Course, Guidance Counselors/Operations Course. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (5 OCL), Army Commendation Medal (4 OCL), Army Achievement Medal (3 OCL), Good Conduct Medal (8th), National Defense Ribbon, South West Asia Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Award
(4th Awd), Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Driver/Pistol/Rifle Badge, Gold Recruiter Patch, Army Recruiter Ring and the Glen E. Morrell Recruiting Medallion.