LTC Erick J. Morales
Lt. Col. Erick J. Morales was commissioned as an Armor officer in 1999, upon graduation from Cameron University in Lawton-Ft Sill, Oklahoma. He started his career as a Tank Platoon Leader, and Company Executive Officer in the 1st Cavalry Division, Ft Hood, TX.
Previous assignments include: Support Platoon Leader for the 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment in the 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Republic of South Korea; the Group S1 (Personnel) Officer for the 18th Soldier Support Group at Ft Bragg, NC; Detachment Commander for the 18th Personnel Services Battalion (Airborne); PSYOP Officer with the 8th Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne), 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, NC; Product Development Detachment Officer in Charge at the Psychological Operations Task Force-Iraq; 1st Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne); 1st Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne), at Ft Bragg, NC, Chief of Current Operations for the Military Information Support Task Force-Afghanistan; Battalion Executive Officer for 1st Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne), 8th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne); Field Grade Assignment Officer, Psychological Operations Branch at Human Resources Command, Ft Knox, KY. His latest assignment was as the Psychological Operations Division Chief at Special Operations Command-South, Homestead, FL.
Deployments include: Two tours in support Operation Iraqi Freedom; Bogota, Colombia; the United States Embassy in Panama City, Panama, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Lt. Col. Morales’ military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Basic Airborne Course, M1A2 Tank Commander Certification Course, Adjutant General Captain’s Career Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Psychological Operations Officer Qualification Course, Regional Studies for Latin America Course and the Command General and Staff School at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC).
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf cluster, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with two service stars, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one service star, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 3, the NATO International Security Assistance Force Medal and the Parachutist Badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Christopher B. Perez
Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher B. Perez is a native of Houston, Texas where he entered the Army in 1993. Perez enlisted into the active Army as a UH-60 Helicopter Repairer. His initial military training was received at Fort McClellan, Alabama.
His assignments include: Fort Bliss, TX, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Camp Stanley Korea, 2nd Infantry Division, Blackhawk crew chief and crewmember flight instructor; Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Hood TX as a crew chief and Standardization Instructor.
Perez was selected for recruiting duty and was assigned to the Houston Recruiting Battalion, North Recruiting Company as a detailed recruiter; Station Commander for the Conroe Company, College Station Recruiting Station; Houston Recruiting Battalion, West Recruiting Company, Company First Sgt; Cleveland Recruiting Battalion, Canton Recruiting Company First Sgt. Upon completion of his First Sgt. responsibilities, Perez was selected to serve as the Operations Sgt. Maj. for the Southern California Recruiting Battalion.
His military training consists of: Basic Combat Training Course; Advanced Individual Training for aircraft maintenance; Combat lifesaver Course; Primary Leadership Development Course; Aviation life support equipment course; Airborne course; Air Assault course; Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course; Army Recruiting Course; Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course; Station Commander Course; Career Counselor course; Transition NCO course; DA First Sergeants course; USAREC First Sergeant course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 66.
His awards and decorations consist of 2 overseas ribbons; Army Service Ribbon; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with a 4 device; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; National Defense Service Medal with two Bronze Stars; Iraq Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars; Army Good Conduct Medal with 6 Knots; Army Achievement Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Commendation Award with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Clusters; Aerial Achievement Medal; Army Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Superior Unit Award with Oak Leaf Cluster; Gold Army Recruiter Badge with 3 Sapphires; Recruiter Ring; Glen E. Morrell Award; Senior Crewmember Badge; Parachutist Badge; Air Assault Badge; Career Counselor Badge; Driver and Badge; and Expert Rifle Marksmanship Badge.