Colonel Patrick R. Michaelis
Colonel Patrick R. Michaelis is a Distinguished Military Graduate from Texas A&M University and was commissioned a second lieutenant of Armor in 1993.
He recently served as the G3 (operations officer) for the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas, and as the Chief of Staff to the commander of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Iraq (CJFLCC-I) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Baghdad, Iraq.
Previous assignments include serving as the commander of the 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Squadron, 2-2 Stryker Brigade where he had operational responsibility for Kandahar City, Afghanistan as part of OEF 12-13; serving as a staff officer in the Headquarters of the Department of the Army, Operations Officer for the 1st Ironhorse Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas during OIF 06-08; Executive Officer and Operations officer for 1st Squadron, 7th U.S. Cavalry; and as the Battle Command and Chief Knowledge Officer for the 1st Cavalry Division during OIF II.
He received a B.A. in history from Texas A&M University, a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.
His military education includes Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Course, Scout Platoon Leaders Course, Cavalry Leaders Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College; Airborne, Air Assault, and Ranger School.
He has served in various other command and staff positions, to include Assistant Professor, United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Ground Troop and Headquarters Troop Commander for the 1st Squadron, 7th U.S. Cavalry at Fort Hood, Texas. Tank and Scout Platoon leader, Troop Executive Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer, 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry, Schweinfurt, Germany and Operation Joint Endeavor.
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 29 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 assignment include 3rd Squadron, 6th Cavalry and 615th Aviation Support Battalion, 1st CAV, Fort Hood, Texas; Station Commander, Lowell and Quincy Recruiting Stations; 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 (location), Iraq.
He is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy resident class 57, the Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, the Brigade Pre-Command and Command Sergeants Major Course. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College, Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso (cum laude), the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and the Project Management Professional Certification.
His awards and decorations include the Air Assault Badge, Air Crewmember Badge, Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medals, Good Conduct Medals, Army Gold Recruiting Badge, Army Recruiting Ring, Morrell Award for Recruiting Excellence, as well as company-level and station-level Chief of Staff of the Army awards for Recruiting Excellence.