Lt. Col. Kevin J. Groppel
In 2001 Lieutenant Colonel Groppel was commissioned as a Military Intelligence Officer upon completion of the Army Officer Candidate School. After completing the Military Intelligence Officer's Basic Course, he was assigned to 3-327th Infantry Battalion at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served as the Assistant Battalion Intelligence Officer. He later served as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer for A Co, 311 Military Intelligence Battalion, 101st Airborne Division supporting 327th Infantry Brigade.
Lieutenant Colonel Groppel returned to Fort Campbell in June 2007 and served as the 506th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Assistant Intelligence Officer. He later deployed and assumed command of the B Co. 4 BSTB, 506th BCT, 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan.
Following an assignment to Afghanistan as a planner in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command in 2013, Lieutenant Colonel Groppel was assigned to Fort Bliss Texas where last served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for 1st Armored Division.
His awards and qualifications include the Air Assault Badge, two Bronze Star Medals, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, and four Army Achievement Medals.
Lieutenant Colonel Groppel deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, Operation Enduring Freedom in 2008, 2013, and 2015.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Corey J. Fairchild
Command Sergeant Major Corey J. Fairchild is a native of Harpursville, New York and he enlisted in the Army in November 1997 as a Military Policeman. He attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort McClellan, Alabama.
Command Sergeant Major Fairchild has served in every Military Police leadership position to include, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Special Reaction Team (SRT) NCOIC, Drill Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Detachment Sergeant, Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant, Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) Sergeant Major, and as an Operations Sergeant Major.
His stateside assignments include West Point, New York; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Fort Hood, Texas; and Fort Bliss, Texas. He has one overseas assignments to Germany and has deployed to Afghanistan and Kosovo for combat and peacekeeping operations.
CSM Fairchild’s military education includes the Combat Lifesaver course, the Warrior Leaders Course, Special Reaction Team Training, Marksman Observer Course, CombativesLevel 1, Advanced Leader Course (Honor Graduate), Drill Sergeant School (Honor Graduate), the Senior Leaders Course, the Master Resilience Trainer course, the First Sergeant Course (Commandants List) and the Sergeants Major Academy Class #66 (Commandants List). His civilian education includes an Associates of Arts Degree from St. Thomas Aquinas College and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Excelsior College (Magna Cum Laude).
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (4thaward), the Army Commendation Medal (4th award), the Army Achievement Medal (12th award), the Good Conduct Medal (6th award), the National Defense Service Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 4), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (numeral 2), the NATO Medal (2nd Award), the Drill Sergeant Badge, the Driver’s Badge, the German Proficiency Badge (Gold), German Marksmanship Award (Silver), and the German FeldjagerBadge (Bronze).
CSM Fairchild earned special recognition as the recipient of the Military Police Order of the Marechausseein Bronze.