LTC Norman S. Lawrence
Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence was raised in Carlsbad, California, where he enlisted in November of 1986, and served as a Communications Specialist and a Medic until 1993. He was commissioned a lieutenant of Field Artillery and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology upon his graduation from San Diego State University in 1995. He holds a Masters in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Masters of National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. His military education includes the Army Field Artillery officer basic course, the Military Intelligence officer advanced course, and the United States Navy Command and General Staff College.
LTC Lawrence has served in a variety of command and staff assignments at the tactical, operational and strategic level. His first assignment was to 1-41 Field Artillery, 3d Infantry Division, Fort Stewart Georgia, where he served as a Fire Support Officer, a Fire Direction Officer, and held three different Platoon Leader positions, the Brigade Colt Platoon Leader, Firing Battery Platoon Leader, and as the Battalion Ammunition Platoon Leader. While serving in the 3d ID, he deployed to Kuwait as part of OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER, and served as liaison officer to the British Household Cavalry Regiment while deployed to Egypt.
In 2000, LTC Lawrence transitioned from Field Artillery to Military Intelligence. His first assignment as an Intelligence Officer was to the 2d BN, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, where he served as BN S-2 until 2002. He then deployed back to back in support of TF-Panther, 505th PIR, and TF-Devil, 504th PIR, in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM II and III. While serving with TF-Devil, he was selected to Command HHC, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. After redeployment back to Fort Bragg, LTC Lawrence and TF-Devil were deployed four months later to Baghdad as part of the surge in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. LTC Lawrence was then assigned to the Joint Analysis Center, Molesworth, England, where he served as a Sub-Saharan African Analyst from 2005 – 2007. In 2007, he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy, Ankara Turkey, where he served as the liaison officer to the Turkish Ground Forces G-3.
In 2008, following completion of his studies at the Naval War College, Newport R.I., LTC Lawrence was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Serving as Deputy G-2, he deployed with TF-Lightning’s Division Tactical Operations Center in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. While deployed, he was subsequently assigned as the Brigade S-2 for TF-Bronco, 3-25th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. While assigned to TF-Bronco, LTC Lawrence joined his oldest son, an Infantryman, who was already assigned to 3-25 IBCT. Upon re-deployment back to Hawaii, LTC Lawrence transitioned from the 25th ID to serve as the BN S-3 for the 205th MI BN, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, from 2010 to 2011. Subsequently, he served as the 500th MI BDE S-3 from 2011 to 2012, with five battalions geographically dispersed from Texas, Arizona, Hawaii and Japan, and reporting offices throughout the Pacific Theater in Okinawa, Guam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, Kwajalein Atoll, and Alaska. His most recent assignment has been on the Department of the Army Staff in the Pentagon, where he served as an Operations Officer for the Deputy Chief of Staff – Intelligence. While assigned to the Pentagon, LTC Lawrence deployed to OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM as part of the Insider Threat Defeat Task Force.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with 5 oak leaf clusters and several other service medals, ribbons and unit awards. He has earned the Combat Action Badge, Jumpmaster Parachutist Badge, Romanian Parachutist Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Cynthia B. Reed
Sergeant Major Cynthia B. Reed hails from Oxnard, California. She enlisted in the United States Army on December 2, 1988 under the Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion as a Construction Equipment Repairer. In 2000, she converted to a Career Recruiter.
Sergeant Major Reed is a graduate from all levels of the Non-commissioned Officer Education System to include the United States Army Sergeants Major Course, the DA 1SGs Course, the USAREC 1SGs, the Guidance Counselor Operations Course, Advance Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Primary-Leadership Course, DA First Sergeant Course, Station Commander Course, USACC Instructor Training Course and Pre-Command Course.
Sergeant Major Reed’s assignments include: 118th Maintenance Company Mainz, Germany; 226th Maintenance Company Fort Sill, OK; 503rd Maintenance Company Fort Bragg, NC; New Orleans Recruiting Battalion, HHC USAG Fort Irwin, CA; Indianapolis Recruiting Battalion; Southern California Recruiting Battalion, Chicago Recruiting Battalion. She is currently assigned as the Chief Military Science Instructor at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California.
Sergeant Major Reed earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia College of Missouri, and a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Sergeant Major Reed’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medals (4th OLC); Army Commendation Medal (2nd OLC); Army Achievement Medal (3rd OLC); Army Superior Unit Award; Good Conduct Medal (8th Award); National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Numeral 4; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Ribbon; Glen E. Morrell Award for Recruiting Excellence; Recruiter Ring; and the Gold Recruiter Badge.