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. Louis D. Barnum
Command Sergeant Major Louis Barnum was born and raised in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He graduated from Rock Springs High School, in Rock Springs in 1988. He enlisted in the Army in February 1989, attended One Unit Station Training at Fort Benning, Georgia where he was awarded the MOS 11M, Bradley Fighting Vehicle Infantryman. Command Sergeant Major Barnum’s military and civilian education includes PLDC, BNCOC, ANCOC, First Sergeants Course and the Sergeants Major Academy. He also graduated the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle Master Gunner Course, Combat Life Saver Course, and the Unit Safety Course. CSM Barnum holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and an Associate Degree in General Studies from Troy University.
CSM Barnum’s previous assignments include: M60 Gunner / Bradley driver, A 2-7 IN, Fort Stewart, GA (89-90), Team Leader, A 1-15 IN, Kitzingen, Germany (90-91), Driver, HHC 3ID, Wurzburg, Germany (91-93) Bradley Gunner / Bradley Commander, A 2-12 IN, Fort Carson, CO (93 – 95), Company Master Gunner, D 1-12 IN, Fort Carson, CO (95-96) Bradley Section Sergeant, C 1-41 IN, Fort Riley, KS (96-97) Battalion Master Gunner, HHC 1-41 IN, Fort Riley, KS (97–99), Bradley Section Sergeant, C 2-9 IN, Camp Casey, Korea (99-00), Bradley Section Sergeant, B 1-36 IN, Friedberg, Germany (00-01) Division Master Gunner, HHC 1AD, Wiesbaden, Germany (01-03) Platoon Sergeant, C 1-36 IN, Friedberg, Germany (03-05) First Sergeant, B 1-36 IN, Friedberg, Germany (05-07), Senior Military Instructor, University of Utah ROTC, Salt Lake City, UT ( 07-09) Operations Sergeant Major, 11th ACR, Fort Irwin, CA (10 – 12)
CSM Barnum’s awards and decorations include: The Bronze Star Medal with “Valor” device, Bronze Star Medal (2nd OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2nd OLC), Army Commendation Medal (10th OLC), Army Achievement Medal (7th OLC), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Iraqi Campaign Medal (3rd Star). He has also earned the Expert Infantryman’s Badge and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
CSM Barnum’s deployments include Bosnia (97), Kosovo (00) Operation Iraqi Freedom (03-04)(06-07)