COL Roman J. Cantu
Colonel Cantu graduated from Mission High School in 1989 and subsequently graduated from the University of Texas, Pan American in 1994. After he graduated, COL Cantu attended the United States Army Armor Officer Basic Course. Key assignments held include the S3 (Operations), 1st Battalion, 35th Armor, and the S3 (Operations) for 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division. COL Cantu deployed to Iraq during this period. In February 2010, he was assigned to the United States Northern Command J35 (Future Operations) as a Homeland Defense specialist.
From June 2012 to June 2014, he commanded the 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division. From June 2014 to July 2015, he was assigned as the Deputy Chief of Staff, G3 of the 1st Armored Division. From July 2015 to June 2016, he attended the United States Army War College. From July 2016 to June 2017, he held the position of Chief of Staff to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, Resolute Support Mission stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan. From August 2017 until May 3, 2018, COL Cantu held the position as the G5 (Future Plans) for United States Army South.
Decorations include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal (with service star), Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Parachutist Badge.
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 Leonard Wood, Missouri.
CSM Russell has served as a Squad Leader, Center Leader, Assistant Inspector General, First Sergeant, and Battalion Command Sergeant Major. His previous assignments include 3/325 and 4/325th Airborne Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Division Fort Bragg, North Carolina and 43rd Area Support Group Fort Carson, Colorado. Since entering into recruiting in 2001, his assignments include the Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion 3rd Brigade, USAREC Headquarters Fort Knox Kentucky, Tampa Recruiting Battalion 2nd Brigade, and Phoenix Recruiting Battalion 5th Brigade. 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. He is currently assigned as the 5th Recruiting Brigade Command Sergeant Major.
CSM Russell’s military education includes Airborne School, Air Assault School, Basic 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), Master Leader Course (commandant’s list), Inspector General Course, Master Resilience Trainer Course, and United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.
CSM Russell’s civilian education includes an Associate of General Studies from Pikes Peak Community College, Bachelor of Science, 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 four oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal 6th award, Army Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Army Superior Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal 7th award, National Defense Service Medal 2nd 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.