LTC Brad Fenske
Lieutenant Colonel Brad Fenske was born and raised in Paynesville, Minnesota and is a graduate of Paynesville High School. In 1997 he graduated from the United State Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned in the Military Intelligence Branch. LTC Fenske began his career as a Graduate Assistant wrestling coach at West Point, prior to completing the MI Officer Basic Course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
Following OBC in 1998, he was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division Engineer Brigade in Bamberg, Germany where he served as an Assistant Brigade Intelligence Officer (S2) and Brigade S2 and deployed to Kosovo in 1999. Following his tour in Germany, LTC Fenske returned to Fort Huachuca to serve as the Deputy Secretary of General Staff at the Intelligence Center of Excellence, prior to attending the MI Captains Career Course.
From 2002-2005, LTC Fenske was assigned to the 203rd MI Battalion at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland where he served as the Assistant Battalion Operations Officer (S3) and Company Commander, deploying twice to Iraq in 2003 and 2004.
Following company command, LTC Fenske accepted an instructor position at West Point and attended graduate school at Indiana University, where he completed a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology. Following his graduate studies in 2006, LTC Fenske served as an instructor at West Point in the Department of Physical Education from 2006-2009, where he taught combatives, boxing, and various fitness courses.
Following his teaching tour at West Point, LTC Fenske completed the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and then got assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Korea from 2010-2011, where he served as the Brigade Intelligence Officer (S2) for the 210th Fires Brigade.
After his tour in Korea, LTC Fenske was assigned to the 206th MI BN and Task Force ODIN at Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as the Training Detachment Commander, Battalion Deputy Commander, and then deployed to Afghanistan as the Brigade Deputy Commander.
Upon redeployment in 2013, LTC Fenske moved to Fort Gordon, Georgia and was assigned to the 116th MI Brigade, where he continued to serve as the Brigade Deputy Commander, prior to his arrival to the Minneapolis Recruiting Battalion.
LTC Fenske’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Assault Badge, and numerous service medals from Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Korea.
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.