LTC Adam J. Kimmich
Lieutenant Colonel Adam J. Kimmich is a 1997 graduate of Vanderbilt University and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer.
Following his commission and completion of the Army Ranger School, LTC Kimmich was assigned to 1/27, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
LTC Kimmich completed the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2002 and was assigned to, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) where he commanded a Special Forces Operational Detachment.
Other assignments included numerous deployments throughout the Asia-Pacific Theater and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; Special Operations Command, Pacific (SOCPAC) and SOCPAC Special Activities Division. LTC Kimmich returned to 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) and followed with deployments and assignments to Task Force SULU, Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM – Philippines; US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), where he served in a number of various commands including Interagency Task Force; Director of Operations for the USSOCOM Interagency Partnership Program (IAPP) and as Operations Officer for synchronizing Interagency efforts with Theater Special Operations Commands.
LTC Kimmich’ military education includes the Infantry Captains Career Course, Special Forces Assessment and Selection and the Naval War College, Naval College of Command and Staff with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
LTC Kimmich’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and numerous other Campaign Service, Overseas Service, and Army commendations medals, the Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, Parachutists Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Expert Infantryman’s Badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Elias A. Gelat
Command Sergeant Major Elias A. Gelat was born and raised in Houston. He joined the U.S. Army to become an Airborne Infantryman. His assignments included the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division; 6th Battalion, 6th Infantry; 1st Armored Division, 6th Battalion, 502nd Infantry, Berlin Brigade, and the XVIII Airborne Corps Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Academy. He has served as a paratrooper, scout team leader and in Operation Desert Storm, as a squad leader, as well as an NCOES instructor.
After being selected for recruiting duty, Command Sergeant Major Gelat served 14 years in the 5th Recruiting Brigade at the Houston and Dallas battalions, where he ascended the ranks as a recruiter, station commander and first sergeant. Following his promotion to sergeant major, he was reassigned to the 6th Recruiting Brigade, serving as the Operations Sergeant Major for two years in the Southern California Recruiting Battalion, Mission Viejo, Calif., and most recently, the Command Sergeant Major for the 1st Recruiting Brigade’s New England Recruiting Battalion.
Command Sergeant Major Gelat’s education includes earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Southern University. He has completed all NCOES courses and is Instructor and Guidance Counselor/Operations NCO qualified.
Command Sergeant Major Gelat’s awards and decorations include: five Meritorious Service Medals, 19 Army Commendation Medals, eight Army Achievement Medals, the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with three campaigns stars, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Joint Meritorious Unit Award and three Superior Unit Awards, Airborne Wings, German Paratrooper Wings, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Expert Infantry Badge. He was awarded all recruiting awards up to and including the Glen E. Morrell Award, and he is a FORSCOM Audie Murphy Club member. In addition, Command Sergeant Major Gelat was the 2004 USAREC Station Commander of the year, the 5th BDE First Sergeant of the Year for 2006, 2007 and 2008.