LTC Austin S. Cruz
LTC Austin S. Cruz was commissioned into the Chemical Corps after graduating from Eastern Washington University at Cheney, Washington in 2001.
LTC Cruz commanded the 61st Chemical Company at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. His field grade staff assignments include Joint Operations Officer for the Director of Regional Operations, J3, the Joint Staff, Pentagon; Plans Officer for the Army’s Chief of Public Affairs for the Secretary of the Army, Washington D.C; Operations Officers and Executive Officer for the 83d Chemical Battalion, Fort Stewart, GA; Commander’s Initiatives Group and Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, I Corps; Plans Officer and Deputy G5, I Corps; and Secretary of the General Staff, I Corps, JBLM, Washington.
He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.
LTC Cruz has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University and Master of Policy Management from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Washington D.C.
LTC Cruz’s military education includes the Chemical Officer Basic Leader Course and Chemical Captain’s Career Course, the Basic Airborne Course, the Combatives Level 1 Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Joint Staff and Office of the Secretary of Defense Intern Program.
LTC Cruz’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Valorous Unit Award, the Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Ribbon with Numeral “2”, the NATO Medal, the Parachutist Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, the Joint Staff Identification Badge, and the Recruiter Badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM S. J. Kim
Command Sergeant Major S. J. Kim, a native of Inchon, South Korea immigrated to Detroit, MI in 1989. He enlisted in the Army in 1992 from Hollywood, CA as a Horizontal Construction Engineer (12N). He completed Basic Combat Training at Ft. Sill, OK and AIT at Ft. Leonardwood, MO and was DA selected to become a recruiter in 2000.
CSM Kim’s previous duty positions and assignments include: Engineer Team Leader (Schofield Barracks, HI), Squad Leader (Fort Carson, CO), Recruiter (Alief Recruiting Center, TX), Center Leader (Missouri City Recruiting Center, TX; Alief Recruiting Center, TX; Rowland Height Recruiting Center, CA), Brigade Master Trainer (6th Recruiting BDE, NV), First Sergeant (Long Beach Recruiting Company, CA; Fullerton Recruiting Company, CA; Fayetteville Recruiting Company, NC), and Command Sergeant Major (Albany Recruiting Battalion, NY).
CSM Kim’s military education includes Horizontal Construction Engineer course, NBC School, Air Assault School, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Army Recruiter Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Recruiting Center Commander Course, Senior Leaders Course, DA 1SG Course, Battle Staff, Master Resilience Trainer Course, and Sergeants Major Academy CL 65. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Business emphasis in Management from Post University and currently working on Master’s degree from University of Texas.
CSM Kim's awards and decorations include Army Chief of Staff Award, Glen E. Morrell Excellence in Recruiting Award, the Meritorious Service Medal (4th award), the Army Commendation Medal (4th award), the Army Achievement Medal (3rd award), Recruiter Ring, Gold Recruiter Badge, Air Assault Badge, Operator's Badge.
CSM Kim earned meritorious promotion to Sergeant First Class in 2005. He led Fayetteville Recruiting Company and the company was recognized as the Top Production Company in USAREC for FY12 and FY13 for Gross and Quality production among 241 companies. He was selected as 2nd Recruiting Brigade 1SG of the year for FY13 and graduated with honors from the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. During CSM Kim’s tenure at Albany Battalion, the Battalion completed FY17 as the top battalion in 1st Recruiting Brigade.