LTC Dean R. Somers
LTC Dean R. Somers is a native of Fremont, Michigan.
He enlisted in the Army in 1989 as a Russian Linguist until 1994 when he was commissioned as a Military Intelligence 2LT. LTC Somers’ first assignment was with the 205th Military Intelligence Battalion in 1995 where he served as the United States Army Pacific Collection Requirements Manager and Company Executive Officer. He was then assigned to 25th Infantry Division, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, in 1997 where he served as Assistant Squadron and Squadron S2.
Upon completion of Military Intelligence Captain’s Career Course in 1999, he was assigned to 3rd Infantry Division where he served as the G2 Planner and the Information Operations Intelligence Officer while deployed to Bosnia from 2000-2001. He was then assigned to 103rd Military Intelligence Battalion in 2001 where he served as the Alpha Company Commander during which he deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom I in 2003. He was then assigned to 2nd Brigade, 87th Division in 2004 where he served as Brigade S2. Following Command and General Staff College in 2006, he was assigned to 344th Military Intelligence Battalion where he served as Battalion S3 and Executive Officer.
LTC Somers was then assigned to Mission Command Training Program in 2008 where he served as an Intelligence Observer/Trainer. He was then assigned to 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division in 2011, where he deployed in 2012 to Afghanistan as the Senior Intelligence Advisor of a Security Transition Team 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps Afghan National Army.
In June 2013, LTC Somers took command of the Kansas City Recruiting Battalion. The battalion is responsible for all Army and Army Reserve recruiting area for eastern Kansas, most of the state of Missouri and southern Illinois. The battalion area covers approximately 94,540 square miles and includes seven recruiting companies
LTC Somers’ schools include the Defense Language Institute, Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, Military Intelligence Captain’s Career Course, and Command and General Staff College. His civilian education includes: Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Education and Pastoral Studies from Florida Bible College, Masters of Arts in Management from Webster University.
LTC Somers’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (6 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (5 OLC), Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal (w/Bronze Star), Armed Forces Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (4), NATO Medal (2), Combat Action Badge, and Parachutist Badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Mark Barnes
Command Sergeant Major Mark Barnes was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and grew up across the United States as a military family member. He joined the Army in 1985 and at-tended Infantry One Station Unit Training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. CSM Barnes has held every leadership position from Rifle Team Leader to Infantry Brigade Combat Team Command Sergeant Major in operational units.
His duty assignments include two tours of duty at Fort Bragg, NC with 2d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82d Airborne Division; two tours at Schofield Barracks, HI with 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment and 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment; Drill Sergeant duty with 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment and as a Drill Sergeant Leader at US Army Drill Sergeant School in Fort Leo-nard Wood, MO; 2d and 3rd Battalions, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment and HQs, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team with the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart GA.
CSM Barnes' combat deployments include Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm and four tours of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
His military education includes all levels of the NCO Education System , US Army Drill Sergeant School, Airborne and Advanced Airborne School, Pathfinder Course, Scout Reconnaissance and Surveillance Course, Airborne, Light and Mechanized Leaders Courses. He is also enrolled in Central Texas College where he is pursuing a degree in Management. CSM Barnes awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medals, Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medals, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Multi-National Peacekeeping Forces Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NCOPD (4), Presidential, Joint Meritorious and Meritorious Unit Commendations, Valorous and Army Superior Unit Awards, the Path-finder Badge, Master Parachutists Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, the Expert Infantryman's Badge and two awards of the Combat Infantryman's Badge.