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 Chip Mezzaline
Command Sergeant Major Chip Mezzaline enlisted in the United States Army in September of 1986. He completed basic and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Georgia. Command Sergeant Major Mezzaline has served in the Army in various duty positions. He has served in the 101st Airborne Division, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, and 3rd Brigade, 2nd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, (Fort Campbell, Kentucky) 6th Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, (Berlin Germany) 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry, (Fort Ord, California) United States Army Recruiting Command, 6th Recruiting Brigade, 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry, (Fort Wainwright, Alaska) Joint Readiness Training Center, Operations Group, Task Force 1 and Task Force 3, (Fort Polk, Louisiana) 10th Mountain Division, 4th Brigade, 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, (Fort Polk, Louisiana) 1st Battalion 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, (Fort Benning, Georgia) His last assignment was as the senior enlisted observer / coach / trainer with the Brigade Mission Command Task Force, Operations Group, Joint Readiness Training Center, (Fort Polk, Louisiana)
Command Sergeant Major Mezzaline has earned the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and NATO Medal.
Command Sergeant Major Mezzaline has earned the Gold Recruiters Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, United States Army Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Russian, German, Chilean, and Canadian jumps wings.
Command Sergeant Major Mezzaline is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University.