Colonel David F. Stewart
Colonel David Stewart graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia in 1991 and was commissioned in the Air Defense Artillery. From 1991 to 1995 he served in Launcher, Maintenance, and Fire Control Platoon Leader positions, and as a Battalion Tactics Trainer and Evaluator in the 6th Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery in Ansbach, Germany. During this period, he deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Falcon. After re-deploying to Germany, he returned to Fort Bliss, Texas to attend the Officer Advanced Course and served as an Instructor at the Officer Basic Course. In 1995, he was reassigned to 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery in Korea where he served as an Assistant Battalion Operations Officer on Suwon Air Base and then Commander of Charlie Battery on Osan Air Base. In 1997, he returned to Fort Bliss where he commanded the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery of the 1st Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery (THAAD). Following this command, he served as a Small Group Instructor for the Air Defense Artillery Officer Advanced Course. In 1999, he was reassigned to the U.S. Army Personnel Command in Alexandria, Virginia where he served as an Assignment Officer and the Blackbook / ARSTAF Account Manager. His next tactical assignment was in 2003 at Ansbach, Germany as the Operations Officer and Executive Officer for the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery. He returned stateside and served on the Army Staff in the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8 where he was the Patriot / MEADS Staff Synchronization Officer and the Division Executive Officer in the Air, Missile & Space Division. He next served as the Assistant Executive Officer for the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8. COL Stewart assumed command of the U.S. Army Mission Support Battalion on 10 July 2009. Following battalion command, he served as Branch Chief, Air Defense Artillery and Public Affairs, Enlisted Personnel Management Division, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky. On 18 July 2013 he became Commander of 2nd Recruiting Brigade, Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL.
COL Stewart’s military education includes the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Army’s Battalion Motor Officer Course, the Army’s Force Management Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, and the Australian Command and General Staff College. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA and holds Masters in Strategic Studies from both Canberra University in Australia and the U.S. Army War College.
COL Stewart’s military awards include five awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, four awards of the Army Commendation Medal, two awards of the Army Achievement Medal, and the U.S. Army Parachute Badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Ernest Sanchez
Command Sergeant Major Ernest Sanchez Jr. assumed responsibility of U.S. Army 2nd Recruiting Brigade on August 22, 2014. 2nd Brigade is responsible for recruiting across the Southeastern geographic region of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, covering the southeastern portion of the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Originally from Texas, he entered the Army in November 1986. He attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, SC and Helicopter Avionics Mechanic Individual Entry Training at Fort Gordon, GA. During his 28 years of service, Command Sgt. Maj. Sanchez has held numerous leadership positions which include: Squad Leader; Section Sergeant; Platoon Sergeant; Station Commander; First Sergeant; and Command Sergeant Major.
His stateside units of assignments include 3rd Squadron 6th Cavalry and 615th Aviation Support Battalion 1 CAV, Fort Hood, Texas; Station Commander Lowell Recruiting Station, First Sergeant New Hampshire Company, First Sergeant North Shore Company in New England Recruiting Battalion, First Sergeant Honolulu Company in Portland Recruiting Battalion, Command Sergeant Major Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion, Command Sergeant Major Raleigh Recruiting Battalion, and most recently the Command Sergeant Major of the 6th Recruiting Brigade. His overseas assignments include 5th Squadron 6th Cavalry Germany, 5th 501st Attack Aviation Battalion Camp Eagle Korea, and a combat tour in Iraq.
He graduated from all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System to include United States Army Sergeants Major Academy resident class 57, the Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, and the Brigade Pre-Command and Command Sergeants Major Course. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Texas at El Paso.
His awards and decorations include the Air Assault Badge, Air Crewmember Badge, Meritorious Service Medal 6OLC, Army Commendation Medal 8OLC, Army Achievement Medal 9OLC, Good Conduct Medal, Army Gold Recruiting Badge, Army Recruiting Ring, Morrell Award for Recruiting Excellence, and 3 Company and 1 Station Chief of Staff of the Army for Recruiting Awards for Excellence.