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 Sanchez began his career with the U.S. Army in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. His stateside assignments locations include Texas, California, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Hawaii, New Hampshire, and Nevada.
He graduated from all levels of the Non-commissioned Officer Education System, 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.
CSM Sanchez began his recruiting career in April 1998 when he was assigned to the New England Recruiting Battalion. He served as a detailed Recruiter and Station Commander in Lowell, Massachusetts. He converted to Cadre Recruiter in 1999 and served as a Station Commander in Quincy, Massachusetts. He served as a First Sergeant for 48 months in three Companies in the New England and Portland Battalions. He was a student at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy resident class 57. Upon graduation he served as the Battalion Command Sergeant Major for the Los Angeles and Raleigh Battalions from June 2007 until June 2012. His most recent assignment was as the 6th Recruiting Brigade Command Sergeant Major.
His awards and decorations include the Air Assault Badge, Air Crew-member Badge, Meritorious Service Medal 5OLC, 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 CSA Recruiting Awards for Excellence.