LTC Robert C. Eldridge
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Eldridge was born in Fayetteville, N.C. and raised in Forest, Va. He enlisted into the Army Reserve in December 1986 as a Medical Specialist and was assigned to 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Fort AP Hill, Va. He graduated from the Special Forces Medical Sergeant’s Course in October 1990. He also attained the military occupational skills of Infantryman and Civil Affairs Specialist.
Colonel Eldridge graduated from Virginia Tech in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. In 1997, he transitioned into the Regular Army and received his commission from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. Upon completion of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Mortar Leader’s Course, and Ranger School he was assigned to 3rd Brigade (Rakkassans), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. He served as a Mortar Platoon Leader, Rifle Platoon Leader, Rifle Company Executive Officer, and Infantry Battalion Staff Officer.
Colonel Eldridge completed the Infantry Captain’s Career Course in December 2001 and again graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in March 2003. He was assigned to 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), where he served as the Detachment Commander for Operational Detachment Alpha 734 and the Commander of a Headquarters and Support Company until November 2007. He then served as the United States Army Special Operations Command G8 Executive Officer until attending the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. in 2009. Colonel Eldridge returned to 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in 2010 where he served as a Company Commander, Battalion Executive Officer, and Battalion Operations Officer. He also participated in the Base Realignment and Closure move of 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from North Carolina to Florida in 2011. Colonel Eldridge most recently served as the Special Activities Division Chief and the Chief of Operations and Plans in 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Colonel Eldridge’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Valor device and one Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters, NATO Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and others. He also earned the coveted Special Forces and Ranger tabs, the Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Basic Recruiter Badge.
Colonel Eldridge is married to the former Brenda Walker of Cambria, Wis., with whom he has twin sons, Dylan and Evan.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Mark E. Poindexter
Command Sergeant Major Mark Poindexter is a native of Hallsville, Texas. He began his military career when he enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 1990 as a rifleman. In January 1997, he enlisted in the Army as an Infantryman.
Throughout his military career, Command Sergeant Major Poindexter served in a variety of positions including Rifleman, Squad Leader, Recruiter, and Command Sergeant Major. He has been stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif.; Fort Drum, N.Y., Tampa Recruiting Battalion, Tampa, Fla.; 2nd Recruiting Brigade, Fort Gillem, Ga.; Miami Recruiting Battalion, Miami, Fla.; 1st Recruiting Brigade, Fort Meade, Md. and Baltimore Recruiting Battalion, Fort Meade, Md. His overseas assignments have taken him to British Indian Ocean Territories, Sinai Egypt and Somalia.
His military education includes the Marine Corps School of Infantry, Security Force Battalion Basic Security Guard Course, Machine Gunnery Course, Airlift Operations Course, Army Recruiter Course, Station Commander Course, Recruiter Trainer Course, Master Resiliency Trainer Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Course, First Sergeant Course, and the Sergeant Major Course.
Command Sergeant Major Poindexter holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University Alabama.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal (5), Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expedition Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Navy Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, United Nations Medal, Multinational Force Observers Medal, Army Superior Unit Accommodation (2), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Expert Infantryman Badge, Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge, Driver’s Badge, Gold Recruiter Badge with three sapphires, Recruiter Ring, Glen E. Morrell Award, Marine Corps Expert Rifle Badge, Marine Corps Sharpshooter Pistol Badge and Marine Corps Meritorious Mast.
He is married to the former Jessica Lopez of Hialeah, Fla. They have one daughter, Anola, and two sons, Balian and Chai.