LTC Jason E. Kerr
Lieutenant Colonel Jason E. Kerr is a native of West Virginia; born in Wheeling and graduated from Winfield High School in 1992. He was commissioned as a Chemical Second Lieutenant in 1996 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
LTC Kerr has served in a variety of positions throughout his 19-year career. His assignments include: Battalion Chemical Officer, 1-77 Armor Battalion and Platoon Leader, 12th Chemical Company in the 1st Infantry Division; Regimental Chemical Officer, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division; Company Commander, 101st Chemical Company, XVIII Airborne Corps; Observer Controller and Operations Officer, 2-361st Training Support Battalion, 91st Infantry Division; CBRN Officer and Concept Developer, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center; Operations Officer and Executive Officer, 23rd Chemical Battalion, 48th Chemical Brigade; CBRN Branch Chief, U.S. Central Command; Aide-de-Camp to the Commander International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces-Afghanistan; and Headquarters Commandant, U.S. Central Command.
LTC Kerr's deployments include multinational peacekeeping operations in the Balkans in 1997, commanding a company in ground combat with the 1st Marine Division in Iraq in 2003, and serving as a wartime aide-de-camp for the commander in Afghanistan in 2012.
LTC Kerr is a graduate of the Chemical Officer's Basic Course, Chemical Captain's Career Course, the Italian Command and General Staff College, and the Joint Forces Staff College. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy, a Master's Degree in International Strategic-Military Studies from the University of Milan and LUISS "Guido Carli" University of Rome, and a Master's Degree in Procurement and Acquisitions Management from Webster University.
LTC Kerr's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Navy Presidential Unit Citation, Joint
Meritorious Unit Citation with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Citation with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 2 Device, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, Combat Action Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Recruiter Badge, German Parachutist Badge, German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency (Bronze), and Italian Army War College Staff School Badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM David J. Ahola
Command Sergeant Major David J. Ahola is a native of New Orleans, LA, and he joined the Army in 1989 as an Infantryman. He attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, GA.
CSM Ahola has held numerous duty positions within Recruiting Command. His duty positions include: Recruiter, Center Leader, Master Trainer, Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant, Brigade Senior Master Trainer, and Operations Sergeant Major. He has served in the Miami Recruiting Battalion, 1st SFOD Delta (Airborne), Special Operations Recruiting Battalion and 5th Recruiting Brigade while assigned to USAREC.
His stateside assignments include Fort Stewart, GA, Fort Carson, CO, Fort Benning, GA, Fort Bragg, NC, Fort Sam Houston, TX, Jupiter, FL, and Miami, FL. His overseas assignments include an assignment to Korea and a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
His military education includes United States Sergeants Major Academy (Class 65), USAREC First Sergeant’s Course, Senior Leaders Course (Leadership Award), Advanced Leaders Course, Basic Leaders Course, USAREC Station Commanders Course, Army Recruiter Course, Infantry Mortar Leader Officers Course, Airborne School, Master Resiliency Trainer Course, and the Equal Opportunity Leaders Course.
CSM Ahola holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Multi-Disciplinary Studies from Liberty University and a Master’s in Leadership Studies from The University of Texas at El Paso.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (8 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (8), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3), Army Service Ribbon, Army Superior Unit Award (2 OLC), Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, the Gold Recruiter Badge with 3 Sapphires, the Recruiter Ring, and the Glenn E. Morrell Award.
He is married to Teresa Ahola. They have four children, David, Delaney, Dyson, and Dayne.