LTC Michael G. McLendon
LTC Michael G. McLendon is a U.S. Army Special Forces Officer who received a Regular Army Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant through the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps as a Military Intelligence Officer.
LTC McLendon’s past assignments include Brigade and Battalion Assistant Intelligence Officer in the 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Ft. Campbell, KY. He also served as an Intelligence and Surveillance Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in the 311th Military Intelligence Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
LTC McLendon was then assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), where he served as an Operational Detachment Alpha Commander and as the 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne) Headquarters Company Commander.
Following his company command at 3d Special Forces Group Headquarters, LTC McLendon was assigned to the 1st Special Forces Training Group (A) at Ft. Bragg, NC as a Small Group Unconventional Warfare Instructor for the Special Forces Qualification Course. He then attended the Mubarak Al Abdullah Joint Command and Staff College (Ministry of Defense), in Kuwait City, Kuwait as a foreign exchange student. Upon completion of the Joint Command and Staff College, he returned to Ft. Bragg, NC and served as the Operations Officer (S3) for 2nd Battalion (Special Operations Advanced Skills Battalion), 1st Special Warfare Training Group (A). LTC McLendon then assumed command of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (A) and deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After successful completion of company command, he became the Operations Officer (S3) for 3d Special Forces Group (A) at Ft. Bragg, NC.
LTC McLendon was then assigned to Special Operations Central Command (SOCCENT) at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL as the Chief of Operations for the Combined Forces Special Operations Command Forward in Qatar, and then served duties as the Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq Grounds Operations Officer. He was then assigned as the SOCCENT J37 Division Chief for the Joint Readiness Division.
LTC McLendon completed several overseas deployments in Support of the Global War On Terrorism as an Operational Detachment Commander, Headquarters Company Commander, Special Forces Company Commander, and Staff Officer.
LTC McLendon’s education consists of the Military Intelligence Officer’s Basic Course, Infantry Officers Captains Career Course, Combined Arms & Service Staff School, Special Forces Qualification Course, Intermediate Level Education Course, Total Army Instructors Course, and the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Course. He has a Masters of Administration in Human Resources and Development, Webster University, St. Louis, MO; Masters of Science from the Mubarak Al Abdullah Joint Command and Staff College (Ministry of Defense), Kuwait City Kuwait; and a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice, Florida A&M University.
LTC McLendon has been awarded the following badges and tabs: Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, High Altitude & Low Opening Badge, Air Assault Badge, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, and Basic Recruiters Badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Bryan D. Hamilton
Command Sergeant Major Bryan D. Hamilton is a native of Troup, Texas. He entered the United States Army on 5 May 1987, attending Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He first served as an Administrative Assistant in the 13th Signal Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas, before being selected to serve in the Secretary of the General Staff of the 1st Cavalry Division. During his tenure with the First Cavalry Division, he served as the Executive Administrative Assistant for Brigadier General Tommy Franks, Brigadier General Walter Mather, and Brigadier General Peter Schoomaker.
In 1992, Command Sergeant Major Hamilton was selected for recruiting duty and assigned to the Albuquerque Recruiting Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico. From 1992 through 2000, he served as Field Recruiter, On-Production Station Commander, Limited-Production Station Commander, Guidance Counselor, and Senior Guidance Counselor.
Command Sergeant Major Hamilton was selected to become an instructor for the Guidance Counselor/Operations Course at the U.S. Army’s Recruiting and Retention School at Fort Jackson, S.C., in 2000. In 2001, he assumed duties as NCOIC of Operations for the Recruiting and Retention School. In 2002, he became the First Sergeant of the Iowa City Recruiting Company in the Des Moines Recruiting Battalion and served in that position until 2006 when he left to attend the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 57). Before being selected as the New England Recruiting Battalion Command Sergeant Major, he served as NCOIC of the LMS/Futures section at USAREC headquarters.
Command Sergeant Major Hamilton graduated Magna Cum Laude from both Excelsior College and National American University with Bachelor of Science Degrees in Liberal Studies and Applied Management respectively. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration from North Central University. His accomplishments include being named the 1994 Top Regular Army Producer for the Phoenix Recruiting Battalion, the 2004 Des Moines Recruiting Battalion First Sergeant of the Year, and to the Who’s Who among American College Students by National American University in 2007. He also earned the Glenn E. Morrell Award in 1996.
Command Sergeant Major Hamilton is a graduate of all NCOES courses. In addition, he is a graduate of the Guidance Counselor Course, Instructor Course, USAREC First Sergeant Course, and USAREC CSM Course. His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with six oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with nine oak leaf clusters, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, four Army Superior Unit Awards, and one Meritorious Unit Citation.