LTC Jane Sander
Lieutenant Colonel Jane W. Sander was born in Hubei, China and grew up in San Francisco, California after her family immigrated to the United States. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. She also holds a master’s degree in Information Resource Management from Central Michigan University.
Lieutenant Colonel Sander enlisted in the U.S. Army in July of 1992 and served four years in the United States Army Reserve as an Operating Room Technician (91D) with the 352nd Combat Support Hospital in Oakland Army Base, Oakland, California while attending college and ROTC at the University of California at Berkeley. Her previous assignments include Area Node Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer, B/304th Signal Battalion, Camp Long, Wonju, Korea (1998-1999); Area Node Platoon Leader and Company Operations Officer, C/67th Signal Battalion; Assistant S-3, 67th Signal Battalion, Fort Gordon, Georgia (1999-2001); Assistant Systems Engineer Officer, 35th Signal Brigade (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina (2001-2002); Company Commander, B/51st Signal Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg (2002-2004); Branch Chief and Instructor, Combined Arms Division, 1-145th Aviation Regiment, 1st Aviation Brigade, Fort Rucker, Alabama (2005-2006); Detachment Commander, A/5th Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg (2008-2009); S3 Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer, 5th Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg (2011-2013); and Operations Section Chief, J39 MISO Branch, United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida (2013-2015).
Lieutenant Colonel Sander’s deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom I, Camp Victory and Camp Babylon, Iraq (April 2003- April 2004) as the Company Commander, B/51st Signal Battalion (Airborne), led 200 Soldiers providing tactical communications to the warfighters across Iraq; Operation Iraqi Freedom III, Balad, Iraq (July-September 2005), as a Combat Communications Liaison representing the 1-145th Aviation Regiment; Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09 rotation Camp Victory, Iraq (January – August 2009) as the Detachment Commander, A/5th Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne), led a company-sized, task organized detachment from two battalions and provided timely, responsive, effective Psychological Operations Support to the Multi-National Corps-Iraq (MNC-I).
Lieutenant Colonel Sander’s Professional Military Education includes the Signal Officer Basic Course, the Signal Captain Career Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School (CAS3), the Total Army Instructor Training Course, the Psychological Operations Qualification Course, the Advanced Regional Analysis Course, resident Command and General Staff College, the Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JPME-II), and the Basic Airborne School.
Lieutenant Colonel Sander’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Purple Heart Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), National Defense Service Medal (w/Bronze Star), Iraqi Campaign Medal (2 BSS), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, and Parachutist Badge. Her foreign awards include the German, Italian, and Thai Parachutist Badges.
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.