LTC Kevin L. Runkle
Lieutenant Colonel Kevin L. Runkle graduated from Western Illinois University with a major in Political Science and was commissioned through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant in Field Artillery in May 1998. In 2008, he graduated with honors from Hawaii Pacific University’s Diplomacy and Military Studies program. In 2010, he graduated from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College.
Initially assigned as a platoon leader with the 38th Field Artillery in South Korea, he then served as a light infantry company fire support officer with the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment “Rakkasans”, with whom he deployed to Kosovo as part of Task Force Falcon. Upon return, he was assigned as an M198 Fire Direction Officer with Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery, out of Ft. Campbell, KY. Following the Field Artillery Captains Career Course, Lieutenant Colonel Runkle was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery in the 1st Cavalry Division, with whom he served in several battalion staff positions before taking command of Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery. After serving as an advisor to the 4th Iraqi Army Division, Lieutenant Colonel Runkle returned to Ft. Hood and was assigned as the 2nd Brigade “Black Jack” Plans Officer-in-Charge; the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment Executive Officer; and the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Operations Officer. Most recently, Lieutenant Colonel Runkle was assigned as an Observer/Controller/Trainer at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany where he trained both US and NATO personnel for combat operations.
Lieutenant Colonel Runkle has been awarded the Bronze Star with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.
He has earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal with one service star, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one service star, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with five service stars, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, and the Korea Defense Service Medal. He is also a recipient of the Combat Action Badge and the Air Assault Badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Lewis D. Payne Jr.
CSM Lewis D. Payne Jr. is originally from Hogansville, GA and graduated from Hogansville High School in 1990. CSM Payne entered the U.S. Army on 30 August 1990.
CSM Payne’s military assignments include: Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3/52 ADA, Wildflecken, Germany; U.S. Army Military Police Unit Sierra, Herlong California; Bravo Company, 701st MP BN, Fort Lewis, Washington; 66th MP CO, Fort Lewis, Washington; Headquarters and Headquarters Support Company, 502d MI BN, Fort Lewis, Washington; 188th MP CO, Taegu, Korea; 293rd MP CO, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Military Police Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Senior Training Management NCO, Alpha Company, 701st MP BN, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; 701st MP BN, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; 546th MP CO, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 385th MP BN, Fort Stewart, Georgia; 546th MP CO, Fort Stewart, Georgia; 549th MP CO, Fort Stewart, Georgia; 385th MP BN, Fort Stewart, Georgia; United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea, Yongsan, Korea, and the Basic Military Police Training Division, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
CSM Payne’s deployment and operational history include assignments as a Gunner, Operation Uphold Democracy, Haiti, 1995; Squad Leader, Operation Noble Eagle (Pentagon), 2001; Platoon Sergeant, Operation Enduring Freedom (Khost, Afghanistan), 2007; and Battalion Operations Sergeant Major, Operation Enduring Freedom (Kandahar, Afghanistan), 2011.
CSM Payne’s education includes: Sergeant Majors Course Class 63, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Antiterrorism Program Managers Course, Domestic Violence and Intervention Training, Environmental Protection Investigations Course, Small Group Instructor Trainer Course, Basic Instructors Course, Combat Lifesaver Course and the Manager Development Course. CSM Payne has an associate’s degree in Technologies from Pierce Community College, Tacoma, Washington and is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in security management from American Military University.
CSM Payne’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal w/5 Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal - 8th Award, National Defense Service Medal w/ Bronze Star, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ Bronze Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon – Numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon – Numeral 3, United Nations Mission in Haiti Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Drivers Badge, the Army Superior Unit Award, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.