LTC James W. Welch
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) James W. Welch was born and raised in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He was commissioned as an Infantry Officer following his graduation from the University of Central Arkansas in 1998, where he was recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate.
LTC Welch served in a variety of assignments, with duty in South Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan. From 2000-2001, LTC Welch served in South Korea as a rifle platoon leader and support platoon leader with the 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Infantry Division. Afterwards, he served as a rifle platoon leader and company executive officer in the 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne), Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana from 2001-2003. In 2003, LTC Welch was assigned to the 3rd US Army Headquarters at Fort McPherson, Georgia where he served as a lead intelligence analyst and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While deployed, LTC Welch served as a liaison to the Iraqi Prime Minister’s Situation Room in Baghdad, Iraq. Upon returning from Iraq, LTC Welch served as the company commander of the Peachtree City Recruiting Company, Atlanta Recruiting Battalion from 2005-2006. From 2006-2007, he served as the Aide de Camp to the Commanding General of US Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Following graduate school at Georgia State University, LTC Welch returned to Iraq from 2009-2010, where he served as an advisor to the Iraqi Federal Police in Baghdad. He then attended the Air Force Command and Staff College and was subsequently assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters where he served as the Division Collection Manager from 2011-2012. He deployed with the headquarters to Kandahar, Afghanistan from 2012-2013. Upon his redeployment from Afghanistan, LTC Welch served as the Brigade S2 for the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) of the 3rd Infantry Division, at Fort Benning, Georgia from 2013-2015. Afterwards, LTC Welch served as the Military Intelligence Instructor and Deputy Director for the Command and Tactics Directorate at the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, GA from 2015-2017. From 2017-2018, LTC Welch served as the Professor of Military Science at the University of Central Arkansas.
LTC Welch’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), and the Army Achievement Medal.
LTC Welch is a graduate of various military schools, including the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, Airborne School, and the US Army Ranger School. He has earned a Masters of Public Administration from Georgia State University and a Masters of Military Operational Art and Science from the Air Force Command and Staff College.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Jerry D. Hanshaw
Command Sergeant Major Jerry D. Hanshaw enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard in 1987 and attended Basic Training at Fort Leonardwood, Mo, followed by Advanced Individual Training as a 52D (Power Generation Equipment Repairer) at Fort Belvior, Va..
CSM Hanshaw reclassified while in the National Guard and attended Advanced Individual Training as a 76C (Equipment Records and Parts Specialist) at Fort Lee, Va. In 1992 Sgt. Maj. Hanshaw enlisted into the Regular Army reporting to Fort Bragg, N.C. as a 92A, Automated Logistical Specialist.
CSM Hanshaw’s stateside assignments include Fort Bragg, N.C., Kansas City, Mo. with duty in Neosho, Mo., and Fort Bliss, Texas. His overseas assignments include Camp Doha, Kuwait City, Kuwait, Baumholder and Kaiserslaughtern, Germany. He has deployed to Saudi Arabia (Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm), Somalia (Operation Restore Hope), and multiple deployments to Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) in support of combat and peacekeeping operations.
CSM Hanshaw has held every leadership position from Squad Leader to First Sergeant. He has also held the positions of Station Commander in U.S. Army Recruiting Command, and Rear Detachment Brigade Sergeant Major. CSM Hanshaw’s military and civilian education includes; all levels of the Army Noncommissioned Officer Education System including Class 64, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. He has also completed the United States Army Recruiter Course, the Jumpmaster Course, and Master Resilience Trainer Course. CSM Hanshaw currently holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Business and
Management from Excelsior College.
CSM Hanshaw’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2nd award), Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award), Army Commendation Medal (6th Award), Army Achievement Medal (8th Award), Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Service Star), Southwest Asia Service Medal (three Bronze Service Stars), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (with Bronze Service Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (two Bronze Service Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Mobilization Device), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), NATO Medal, United Nations Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Master Parachutist Badge, Gold Recruiter Badge (with three Sapphires), Australian Parachutist Badge, Chilean Parachutist Badge, and the Glen E. Morrell Award.