LTC David E. Foster
Lieutenant Colonel David E. Foster was born and raised in Ely, Minnesota and is a 1994 graduate of Ely Memorial High School. He received a commission through ROTC when he graduated from North Dakota State University in 1999. Upon completion of the Military Intelligence Officers Basic Course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona LTC Foster’s first duty station was in Bamberg, Germany where he served as the battalion intelligence officer for the 793rd MP Battalion from 1999- 2001. He then moved to Wurzburg, Germany and served as a platoon leader and company commander in the 101st Military Intelligence Battalion, 1st Infantry Division. LTC Foster returned to Ft Huachuca, AZ and served as a team leader on a new equipment training team and company commander in the 305th Military Intelligence Battalion. He also deployed to Iraq as a human intelligence team leader for the Iraq Survey Group during his tour at Ft Huachuca.
LTC Foster was then selected to attend the Civil Affairs Qualification Course at John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School in Ft Bragg, North Carolina. Upon completion of the year long course, he was assigned as a Civil Affairs Team Leader in the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion, at Ft Bragg. After his time as a Team Leader, LTC Foster was selected to be an instructor at the Civil Affairs Qualification Course where he also served as the course manager and again commanded a company. After command, LTC Foster attended Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and then returned to Ft Bragg where he served as the executive officer for the 98th Civil Affairs Battalion. LTC Foster served as the Division Civil Affairs Officer (G9) for the 82nd Airborne Division, Ft Bragg, North Carolina prior to his arrival at the Minneapolis Recruiting Battalion.
LTC Foster’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and numerous other medals. He also has earned Polish, Dutch, Chilean, German, Botswanan, Irish, Spanish, and Ukrainian jump wings. LTC Foster is fluent in Russian and German, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering from North Dakota State University, a master’s in Human Relations, University of Oklahoma, and a master’s in Influence and Irregular Warfare, Naval Postgraduate School.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Brian Friedman
Command Sergeant Major Brian Friedman was born in Waukegan, Illinois and enlisted into the Army as a field artillery systems mechanic. He attended Basic Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey and Advanced Individual Training at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland.
Sergeant Major Friedman’s assignments include serving as a mechanic with C Company, 447th Field Artillery, Babenhausen, Germany, section leader with the U.S. Army Field Artillery Training Center, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, station commander with the Kansas City Recruiting Battalion, instructor-writer for Recruiting and Retention School, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, station commander for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, station commander for Special Forces Recruiting Team, Fort Lewis, Washington, first sergeant of the Minneapolis Medical Recruiting Company, Bloomington, Minnesota, assistant inspector general, USAREC, Fort Knox, Kentucky and operations sergeant major, Syracuse Recruiting Battalion, Syracuse, New York.
His military education includes U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Department of the Army First Sergeant’s Course, USAREC First Sergeant Course, Senior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Army Recruiter Course, Station Commander Course, United States Army Inspector General Course, Instructor Writer Course, Airborne School and the Master Resiliency Trainer Course.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with 4th device, Army Service Ribbon, Army Superior Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster, Parachutist Badge, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold), recipient of the Recruiter Ring and inducted into the prestigious Glen E. Morrell Order for Recruiting Excellence.
Sergeant Major Friedman holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus on Strategic Leadership from Trident University.