LTC Ernie Freund
Lieutenant Colonel Ernie Freund was born in Papua New Guinea. He grew up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and spent two childhood years in Swaziland, Africa. He was a 1996 Distinguished Military Graduate of Drexel University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with First Honors in Sociology. He also earned a Masters of Arts in Intelligence Studies from American Military University.
He entered active duty as a Military Intelligence officer and has served in command and staff leadership positions in the Republic of Korea, Fort Campbell, Fort Shafter, Fort Hood, Iraq, and Fort Meade. He was also the Deputy Commander for the Khyber Joint Border Coordination Center at Forward Operating Base Torkham, Afghanistan. Most recently he was a Special Assistant to the Director of the Army Staff at the Pentagon.
His military education includes Command and General Staff College, the National Systems Development Program, the Counterintelligence Officer's Course, the Imagery Intelligence Officer's Course, the Signals Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Officer's Course, the Defense Strategic Debriefer Course, and the Joint Air Tasking Order Process Course. He is proud to have earned the Air Assault, the Army Staff Identification, and the Basic Recruiter Identification badges.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and Iraq Campaign Medal.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Randall R. Armstrong
Sergeant Major Randall R. Armstrong was born in Fort Walton Beach Florida. He grew up in a small community of Uhrichsville, Ohio and graduated high school in 1995. In March 1996, he enlisted in the US Army as an artilleryman and went to Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. His military education includes Basic Combat Training, Advance Individual Training, Warrior Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Advance Leaders Course, First Sergeant Course, Airborne School, NBC Officers Course, Military Deception Planners Course and the Sergeant Major Course Class 63. While assigned to USAREC, he has attended the Basic Recruiter Course, Station Commanders Course, and the USAREC First Sergeant Course.
Previous to being assigned to USAREC, Sergeant Major Armstrong served in various Artillery positions from Advance Party to Section Chief in the 1ST Infantry Division. He began his recruiting career in November 2002 when he was assigned to Raleigh Recruiting Battalion. He served as a detailed Recruiter, Assistant Station Commander and Station Commander. He converted to 79R in 2003 and served as a small Station Commander and large Station Commander in Raleigh Recruiting Battalion for FY 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. He held the position of First Sergeant in Columbus Recruiting Battalion for FY 2007 through FY 2009 and Tampa Recruiting Battalion for FY 2012 through FY 2013 and served as the J39 Information Operations SGM for USFI. After graduation from the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy class 63, SGM Armstrong was assigned to the 1st Recruiting Brigade as the Operation SGM. SGM Armstrong was also slotted at the 1st BDE Command Sergeant Major from November 2013 through March 2014.
Sergeant Major Armstrong’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal 1OLC, Army Commendation Medal sixth award, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal 10th award, Iraqi Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Medal. He has earned his airborne wings, the Recruiter Gold Badge, the Recruiter Ring, the Glen E. Morrell Award, the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold), German Schutzenschnur Badge (Gold) and he is active member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.
Sergeant Major Armstrong holds a Associate of Applied Science in Applied Technology and Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management.