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 Andrea A. DeRamus
CSM Andrea A. DeRamus is a native of Prattville, Alabama and entered the Army in February 1992 from Kansas City, Missouri. Her initial Military Occupational Specialty was a Light Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic, and her first assignment was Fort Riley, Kansas. While assigned there, she deployed in support of Operation Restore Hope, Somalia. In 1993, she was selected as the Soldier of the Year for the 1st Infantry Division. In 1994, she was reassigned to Darmstadt, Germany where she deployed in support of Operation Joint Endeavor.
CSM DeRamus served as a squad leader, shop foreman, section sergeant, platoon sergeant, and a motor sergeant prior to being assigned to Recruiting Command in 2000. Assigned to the Oklahoma City Recruiting Battalion, Lawton West Recruiting Station as a Detailed Recruiter, she was selected as the New Recruiter of the Year for FY 2000 and the Recruiter of the Year for FY 2001. Her other assignments include: On-Production Station Commander and Limited Production Station Commander, Waco Recruiting Company, Dallas Recruiting Battalion, where she was selected as the First Sergeant of the Year; Station Commander Instructor, Recruiting and Retention School; NCOIC of the Strategic Management Directorate, G5; Assistant Inspector General, USAREC; First Sergeant Waco Recruiting Company, Dallas Recruiting Battalion; Operations Sergeant Major, Jacksonville Recruiting Battalion.
CSM DeRamus military education includes all Army Noncommissioned Officer Education System courses including a graduate of Class 64, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy; Battle Staff; Inspector General Course; Guidance Counselor Course; Master Resilience Trainer Course; Station Commander Course; Recruiter Trainer Course; Basic Recruiter Course; Maintenance Supervisor Course; Master Fitness Course, and Instructor Training Course.
Her civilian education consists of a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Mountain State University, and a Master's in Leadership Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso.
CSM DeRamus awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal (4th Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation (4th Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (2nd Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and Bronze Oak leave cluster), Armed Forces Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (#4), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, NATO Medal (3), Overseas Service Ribbon (2), Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal (1 Bronze Star), The Mechanic’s and Driver’s Badge, Expert Marksmanship Badge, Superior Unit Award (3rd Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Gold Recruiting Badge with 3 Sapphire Stars, the Army Recruiter Ring, and the Glen E. Morrell award for Recruiting Excellence. CSM DeRamus is a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.