LTC Damon S. Robins
Lt. Col. Damon S. Robins is a 1996 graduate of Gardner-Webb University located in Western North Carolina and upon serving 2 years as an enlisted soldier, he earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant through the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School in 1998. His professional military education includes graduating from the Air Defense Artillery Basic Course, the Infantry Captain's Career Course, the Special Forces Qualification Course, the Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis and Exploitation Techniques Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Naval War College, and earned his Master of Science in Defense Analysis degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.
Lt. Col. Robins has served in a multitude of leadership positions and assignments in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF), IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF), INHERENT RESOLVE (OIR) and include Platoon Leader and Battery Executive Officer with 2-44 Air Defense Artillery at Fort Campbell, KY; Detachment Commander, Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 335, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, NC; Detachment Commander, ODA 3221 and Troop 1 Commander, Bravo Company (Crisis Response Force (CRF)), 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne); G37 Individual Training Chief, US Army Special Operations Command; Naval Postgraduate School Internship in support of OEF; Commander, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Operations Detachment, Fort Bragg, NC; Commander, Bravo Company (CRF), 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne); Deputy Commander, Special Operations Task Force – Iraq; and recently, served as the Deputy Current Operations, Joint Special Operations Command.
Lt. Col. Robins' awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with 3 OLC, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 OLC, Army Commendation Medal with 2 OLC, and the Army Achievement Medal. He has also earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge, Special Operations Diver Badge, Air Assault Badge, U.S. Army Basic Recruiter Badge, Ranger Tab, and Special Forces Tab.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Juan R. Canalda III
CSM Canalda is a native of Rome, New York and began his career in October of 1996. His initial Military Occupational Specialty was as a Military Police Specialist and his early assignments include the 212th Military Police Company, Kitzigen, Germany, and 511th Military Police Company Fort Drum, New York.
He entered the Recruiting Command in January 2003 as a Recruiter in the Houston Recruiting Battalion. He was later assigned as an On-Production Station Commander and Limited Production Station Commander in the Houston North Recruiting Company, Houston Recruiting Battalion. Upon selection to Master Sergeant in May 2010, he assumed responsibility as the First Sergeant of the Houston North Recruiting Company, Houston Recruiting Battalion.
His other assignments include First Sergeant of the Nashville Recruiting Company, Nashville Recruiting Battalion. Operations Sergeant Major for the Nashville Recruiting Battalion. His last assignment was the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Joint Special Operation Command (JSOC) Recruiting, Assessment, and Selection detachment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
CSM Canalda’s deployments include Bosnia and Herzegovina (Operation Joint Forge) Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom), and Operation Inherent Resolve.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), Army Commendation Medal (7th Award), Army Achievement Medal (11th Award), Army Good Conduct Medal 6th award, National Defense Service Ribbons with Bronze Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Volunteer Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numerical device 5, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Wings, German Proficincy Award (SILVER). Gold Recruiting Badge w/ sapphire’s, Recruiting Ring and the Glen E. Morrell Award for Recruiting Excellence.
His military education includes United States Sergeants Major Academy (Class 67), DA First Sergeant Course, USAREC First Sergeant Course, Guidance Counselor-Operations Course, Senior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Basic Leaders Course (Leadership Award), Station Commanders Course, Army Recruiter Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School, and Master Resiliency Course.
CSM Canalda holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration from Liberty University.