Lt. Col. Jim Jensen
After graduating high school in 1988, LTC Jensen enlisted in the Army. While serving with the 101st Airborne Division, LTC Jensen deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm September 1990 to May 1991. LTC Jensen completed his tour September 1992 to attend college at Western Illinois University. After graduating 1996 as a distinguished Military Graduate from Western Illinois University with a degree in Criminal Justice, LTC Jensen was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Armor Branch. Upon completion of the Armor Basic Course, LTC Jensen served as a tank platoon leader, scout platoon leader, cavalry troop executive officer, headquarters troop executive officer and squadron maintenance officer in 2d Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Carson, CO from 1996-2000.
Following the Armor Officer Advanced Course, he became the Regimental Lead Planner and troop Commander in 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Polk, LA from 2001-2005. As a troop commander, LTC Jensen deployed for 15 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
From October 2005 to February 2007, LTC Jensen served in Fort Knox, KY as a Small Group Instructor and Tactics Team Chief at the US Army Armor School. There, he trained and prepared over 700 US Army and Marine leaders for combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Following the Command and General Staff College, LTC Jensen graduated early and volunteered to be an advisor conducting security force assistance with the Iraqi Army from March 2008 to March 2009. While conducting operations with the Iraqi Army, LTC Jensen participated in operations in Baghdad, Diyala and Basra.
In April 2009, LTC Jensen joined 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado as its Battalion executive officer. March 2010, 1-9 Infantry deployed as a 1700 Soldier Task Force responsible for the Maysan Province in Iraq. While deployed, the battalion transitioned to Operation New Dawn to prepare US Forces for redeployment from Iraq.
From June 2011 to May 2014, LTC Jensen served as the Chief of Strategic Plans for the US Army Recruiting Command at Ft. Knox, KY.
LTC Jensen's military awards include the Bronze Star Medal(2OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), the Army Commendation Medal with "Valor“ device, the Army Commendation Medal (4OLC), Army Achievement Medal (10OLC), National Defense Service Medal (1OLC), Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 Bronze Star, the Iraq Service Campaign Medal (3rd Star), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge, the Airborne Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Basic Recruiter Badge.
LTC Jensen's deployments include Operation Desert Shield/Storm (90-91), Bosnia (99), Operation Iraqi Freedom (03-04)(08-09)(10-11)
Command Sergeant Major
Command Sgt. Maj. N.C. Laird, Jr.
Command Sergeant Major Laird is from Littleton, Colorado. He entered the Army in July 1992 and completed One Station Unit Training with C CO, 787th Military Police Battalion at Fort McClellan, Alabama. He currently resides in Round Lake, Illinois.
Command Sergeant Major Laird’s assignments include the 523rd Military Police Company, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; 630th Military Police Company, Bamberg, Germany; 98th Area Support Group, Wurzburg, Germany; 163rd Military Police Detachment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; 101st Airborne Division’s Parachute Demonstration Team, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; San Antonio Recruiting Battalion, San Antonio, Texas; 188thMilitary Police Company, Taegu, Korea; HHD, 728th Military Police Battalion, Taegu, Korea; MANSCEN Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri,463rd Military Police Company, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, 92d Military Police Company, Baumholder, Germany, 14th Military Police Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas. His deployments include Taszar, Hungary in support of SFOR Operations and Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 08-10.
Command Sergeant Major Laird has served as a Drug Suppression Team Investigator, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Military Working Dog Handler, Military Police Investigations NCOIC, Parachute Demonstrator, Detailed Field Recruiter, Special Reaction Team NCOIC, Platoon Sergeant, NCOES Senior Small Group Leader, Company Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Brigade S3 Sergeant Major.
Command Sergeant Major Laird has a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Criminal Justice from Columbia College, and a Master’s Degree in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University. Command Sergeant Major Laird’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (Fifth Award); Army Commendation Medal (Fourth Award); Army Achievement Medal (Eighth Award); Army Good Conduct Medal (Seventh Award); National Defense Service Medal with Service Star; Meritorious Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal with Two Campaign Stars; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Service Medal; NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 3; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 5; NATO Medal; Gold Recruiter Badge; Air Assault Badge; Driver Badge.
Command Sergeant Major Laird has received special recognition by earning induction into the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and as a recipient of the Military Police Corps Regiment’s Order of the Marechausee.