LTC Michael Gomez
Lieutenant Colonel Michael Gomez was born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Anaheim, Calif. He enlisted in the United States Army on August 31, 1988 as an Infantryman and attended Basic and Advanced Individual Training, Airborne School, and the 75th Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP) at Fort Benning, Ga. His initial assignments were with 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Lewis, Wash., where he served as a Machine Gunner and Rifle Team Leader; deploying in support of Operation Just Cause-Panama. In 1993, after completing Special Forces Assessment and Selection, he started the Special Forces Engineer Sergeant Qualification Course and upon graduation was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served as a Special Forces
Operational Detachment Engineer Sergeant.
LTC Gomez is a distinguished military graduate of the United States Army Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, Ga., and commissioned as an Engineer Officer in June 1998. He graduated from the Engineer Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonardwood, Mo., in October 1998 and assigned to the 307th Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, where he served as an Engineer Platoon Leader and Support Platoon Leader. Following completion of the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, LTC Gomez attended the Special Forces Detachment Officer Qualification Course at Fort Bragg, N.C., and upon graduation was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, where he served from 2002-2006 as a Special Forces Operational Detachment Commander. During this period, LTC Gomez deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and numerous Foreign Internal Defense missions. From 2007-2009, LTC Gomez worked as a Special Forces Theater Plans and Operations Officer at the United States Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C. During this period, he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan as an Operations Officer. In 2010, following completion of his studies at the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., LTC Gomez returned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg N.C. During a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) move, he transferred to Eglin AFB, Fla., where he served as a Special Forces Company Commander from 2010-2012 and deployed in support of Operation New Dawn-Iraqi. From 2012-2016, LTC Gomez returned to Fort Bragg and was assigned to the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, were he served as a Battalion Executive Officer, Battalion Operations Officer, Group Executive Officer, and the Deputy Commanding Officer for the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne).
LTC Gomez’ military and civilian education includes Airborne School, Ranger School, Special Forces SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) Course, Special Forces Engineer Qualification Course, Long Range Surveillance Leaders Course, Jumpmaster Course, Engineer Officer Basic Course, Sapper Leaders Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Special Forces Officer Qualification Course, Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance and Target Exploitation Techniques Course, and the Command and General Staff College. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Methodist University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Webster University.
His awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Services Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Services Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (with Arrowhead), Afghan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Infantrymen’s Badge (2nd Award), Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Sapper Tab, Master Parachutist Badge (with Bronze Star), Ecuadorian Army Airborne Wings and Mexican Army Airborne Wings.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Lawrence Nelson
Command Sergeant Major Lawrence Nelson hails from Milford, Conn. He enlisted in the Army in September 1990 and upon successfully completing Basic Combat Training and Military Police Advanced Individual Training, he was assigned to HQ Law Enforcement Activity, Fort Campbell, Ky. Additional assignments as an MP were at Fort Wainwright, AK; Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and Yongsan, Korea.
In 2000, CSM Nelson volunteered for recruiting duty and was assigned as a recruiter to Tulsa Recruiting Company, Tulsa, Okla. After converting to MOS 79R in 2002, he served in a variety of leadership and staff positions throughout USAREC, leading two Recruiting Centers, three Recruiting Companies, one MEPS and serving as a Battalion Master Trainer. A graduate of class 66 of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, CSM Nelson was selected to lead the Northern California Recruiting Battalion.
CSM Nelson holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration from Endicott College (Summa Cum Laude) and is a graduate of all levels of PME through the Sergeants Major Course. Additional schooling includes: Basic Recruiter Course, Station Commander Course, Guidance Counselor Course and Recruiting First Sergeant Course. In addition, he is a graduate of the Military Police Investigator Course, Protective Services Course, Infantry Company Course and Air Assault School.
CSM Nelson's awards and decorations include: The Air Assault Badge, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Gold Recruiting Badge, Recruiter Ring and the Glen E. Morrell Award.