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
Command Sergeant Major Cynthia Reed is a native of Oxnard, California and was born on December 30, 1968. She enlisted in the United States Army on December 2, 1988 as a Construction Equipment Repairer and attended Basic Training at Fort Dix New Jersey; and completed Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri.
During her 27-year career, CSM Reed has served in many positions in and outside of the Command. Prior to her assignment at the Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion, she served as the Chief Military Science Instructor for Claremont McKenna College, located in Claremont, California. Other key assignments were the Riverside Company 1SG, Riverside, California. The Senior Guidance Counselor for the Chicago Military Entrance Processing Station, Chicago Recruiting Battalion. She developed her recruiting skill sets for eight years throughout rural and metropolitan areas within the New Orleans and Indianapolis Recruiting Battalions. Prior to her DA selection for recruiting duty in 1995, she served as a Section Chief for the 503rd Maintenance Company at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Squad Leader for the 226th Maintenance Company at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and a Construction Equipment Repairer for the 118th Maintenance Company in Mainz, Germany. After CSM Reed’s initial 3 year tour of recruiting duty, she reclassified into MOS 79S (Career Counselor), where she served as a Brigade Career Counselor at Fort Irwin, California. In, 2001 CSM Reed became a career recruiter and was assigned to the Indianapolis Recruiting Battalion, with duty as the Station Commander in Merrillville, Indiana.
CSM Reed’s military education includes PLDC, BNCOC, ANCOC, DA 1SG Course, the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 63), Recruiting 1SG Course, Instructor Training Course, Guidance Counselor-Operations Course, Station Commanders Course, Army Career Counselor Course, and Army Recruiter Course. CSM 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.
CSM Reed’s awards and decorations include: the Meritorious Service Medal, 4th Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster; the Army Achievement Medal 3rd Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Good Conduct Medal 9th award; the Army Superior Unit Award 1st Oak Leaf Cluster; National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; Global War on Terrorism Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numerical 4 device; Army Service Ribbon; Over-seas Service Ribbon; the Recruiting Ring and the Glen E. Morrell Award for Recruiting Excellence; Driver/Mechanic Badge.