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 Charles J. Peterson, II
Command Sergeant Major Charles Jerome Peterson, II is a native of Saginaw, Mich. He enlisted in the Michigan National Guard where he served with the 416th Engineer Detachment in Bay City, Mich. After one year, he enlisted in the United States Army. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, S.C.
Throughout his Army career, Command Sergeant Major Peterson has held a variety of leadership positions ranging from Squad Leader, Section Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Center Commander, Instructor, Writer/Developer, First Sergeant and Operations Sergeant Major. His other assignments include service with the Cold Regions Test Center at Fort Greely, Alaska; 24th Transportation Battalion at Fort Eustis, Va.; Chicago Recruiting Battalion at Fort Sheridan, Ill.; 596th Maintenance Company in Darmstadt, Germany; Minneapolis Recruiting Battalion at Fort Snelling, Minn.; Recruiting and Retention School at Fort Jackson, S.C.; Chicago Recruiting Battalion at Fort Sheridan, Ill.; Columbus Recruiting Battalion, Columbus, Ohio and Syracuse Recruiting Battalion, Syracuse, N.Y. Before arriving in Milwaukee, he was assigned as the Operations Sergeant Major for the Syracuse Recruiting Battalion.
Command Sergeant Major Peterson graduated from all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System to include the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 63. He has also completed the Recruiter Course, Station Commander Course, Instructor Course, and DA First Sergeants Course.
He holds an associate degree in General Studies from University of Phoenix, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership (Cum Laude) from Mountain State University and Master of Arts in Leadership from The University of Texas at El Paso.
Command Sergeant Major Petersons’ awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. He also earned the Army Recruiter Gold Badge with three sapphires, Army Recruiter Ring, and the coveted Glen E. Morrell award.