LTC Michael Firmin
Lieutenant Colonel Michael Firmin entered the United States Army in 1994, enlisting after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was commissioned a second lieutenant through the United States Army Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 1998; branched into the Chemical Corps. His first duty assignment as a commissioned officer was at Fort Campbell, Ky., where he was the Chemical Officer for 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, followed by serving as a Platoon Leader for the 63d Chemical Company (Smoke/Decontamination).
After his tenure at Fort Campbell, LTC Firmin transitioned to Fort Bragg, N.C. where he served as the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Training Officer for the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), prior to commanding the Headquarters Support Company (HSC), 3d Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne) (Dissemination). Following that assignment, LTC Firmin commanded the Eugene Army Recruiting Company in Eugene, Ore., before transitioning to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Washington to serve with I Corps. LTC Firmin deployed twice with I Corps, serving in the Joint Fires and Effects Cell (JFEC) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and as a Current Operations Planner (CUOPS) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Following these deployments, he served as the Company Commander for HSC, 7th Infantry Division before transitioning back to I Corps where he served as the Executive Officer for the Corps' supporting Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion (HHB). LTC Firmin was then assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, where he was the Senior Test Officer (STO) for the Maneuver Support and Sustainment Test Directorate (MS2TD) of the United States Army Operational Test Command (USAOTC). LTC Firmin's most recent assignment was Professor of Military Science at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich.
LTC Firmin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Geological Engineering. His significant awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with 1 oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (4 oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with 1 oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (with 1 oak leaf cluster), and the Senior Parachutist and Air Assault Badges.
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.