LTC David S. Clukey
Lieutenant Colonel David S. Clukey was commissioned Armor upon graduation from Georgia Southern University in 1998. Lieutenant Colonel Clukey’s initial assignment was to 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR), Fort Carson, Colorado where he served as a Tank Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, and Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Executive Officer (XO). While assigned to the 3rd ACR, Lieutenant Colonel Clukey deployed to Operation JOINT FORGE, Bosnia and Operation BRIGHT STAR, Egypt.
Upon promotion to Captain in 2001, he attended the Special Forces Qualification Course from 2002-2003 and was then assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Fort Bragg, North Carolina. From 2004-2008, he served as Detachment Commander, Company Executive Officer, and Assistant S3. During this time, Lieutenant Colonel Clukey conducted three combat tours to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and led a three man advisory team to support the first autonomous Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC), Joint Combined Exercise for Training in Kenya.
Upon promotion to Major, Lieutenant Colonel Clukey attended Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California, and Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Intermediate Level Edcuation (ILE) at Fort Belvoir, Virginia from 2008-2010.
Following completion of ILE, Lieutenant Colonel Clukey served as the United States Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), Assistant G3, Chief of Training and Chief Exercise Branch from 2010 - 2011. Lieutenant Colonel Clukey returned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) from 2011 – 2014, where he served as Group Plans Officer, Company Commander, and Battalion S3. During this time, he conducted three combat tours to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Lieutenant Colonel Clukey was most recently assigned to Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) Fort Bragg, North Carolina. From 2014-2016, he served in the JSOC J3 as a Deputy Chief of Current Operations. During this time, he represented the Commanding General as the JSOC Liaison Officer to United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) in Tampa, Florida.
LTC Clukey's awards and decorations include: the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Special Forces Combat Diver Badge, and the Recruiter Badge. He has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters) as well as other various U.S. and foreign decorations and badges.
Lieutenant Colonel Clukey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Science in Defense Analysis specializing in Irregular Warfare from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Craig L. Russell
CSM Russell is a native of North Providence, Rhode Island and enlisted in the Army in July 1994.
He attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri.
CSM Russell has served as a Squad Leader, Center Leader, Assistant Inspector General, First Sergeant, and is currently assigned as a Command Sergeant Major. His previous assignments include 3/325 and 4/325 Airborne Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Division Fort Bragg North Carolina and 43rd Area Support Group Fort Carson Colorado. Since entering into recruiting in 2001, he has been assigned to Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion, USAREC Headquarters Fort Knox Kentucky, Tampa Recruiting Battalion, and is currently serving at Phoenix Recruiting Battalion. While assigned to 3rd Recruiting Brigade, he was recognized as the 3rd Recruiting Brigade New Recruiter of the Year, NCO of the Year, Center Leader of the Year and First Sergeant of the Year.
CSM Russell’s military education includes airborne school, air assault school, Warrior Leader course, Advance Leader course (distinguished honor graduate and distinguished leadership award), Army Equal Opportunity Leader course, Army Recruiter course, Center Leader course, Senior Leader course (distinguished honor graduate and distinguished leadership award), First Sergeant course (commandant’s list), Inspector General course, Master Resilience Trainer course and United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (commandant’s list).
CSM Russell’s civilian education includes an Associate of General Studies from Pikes Peak Community College, Bachelor of Science from Trident University, a Graduate Certificate in Quality Management and Six Sigma Black Belt and a Masters of Business Administration from Trident University.
CSM Russell’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with six oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Army Superior Unit Award, Global War on Terrorism, Humanitarian Service Medal, the gold recruiter badge with three sapphires, the recruiter ring, the Glen E. Morrell Award, parachutist badge, air assault badge, British Army parachutist badge, German Armed Forced Efficiency badge (Silver). He is also a Sergeant Audie Murphy inductee.