LTC Vylius M. Leskys
Lieutenant Colonel Vylius M. Leskys enlisted in the Army Reserve as a Combat Engineer in 1991. He was later commissioned in the Infantry from the University of California, Los Angeles Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) in 1994. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from California State University, Northridge, a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and a Master of Military Studies (Distinguished Graduate) from Marine Corps University. His military education includes the Infantry officer basic and advanced courses, Jumpmaster, Ranger and Special Forces Qualification courses, and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.
LTC Leskys has served in a variety of command and staff assignments in both the operational and institutional Army. After commissioning, initially he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader in the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Infantry Division (Airborne). He was further assigned to 1st Battalion, 333rd Regiment, 84th Division (Institutional Training), where he served as a Company Executive Officer and Company Commander.
Following attendance at the Infantry Captains Career Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, LTC Leskys attended the Special Forces Qualification Course. He was then assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado, where he served as Detachment Commander for a Special Forces Mobile Over-the-Snow Transport (MOST) snowmobile team, Battalion Adjutant (S-1), and Headquarters and Support Company (HSC) Commander. During this time, he deployed to (former Soviet) Georgia to evaluate its nascent Commando program and to Lebanon to conduct humanitarian demining; additionally, he served in combat during Operations IRAQI FREEDOM I, III and IV.
Upon departure from 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), LTC Leskys was assigned to Human Resources Command, Alexandria, Virginia, where he served as a Recorder at the Secretariat for Department of the Army Selection Boards. He was later assigned to the Warrior Transition Brigade at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, District of Columbia, where he served as the Brigade Operations Officer (S-3) and then Brigade Executive Officer.
He returned to Colorado and was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), where he served as the Executive Officer and then as the Bravo Company Commander where he forward deployed to Germany and Romania to train NATO Special Operations Forces for combat deployment to Afghanistan. He then served on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon as an Executive Assistant and Operations Officer at the Deputy Directorate for Special Operations and Counterterrorism.
His decorations include the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service medal, the Meritorious Service medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement medal with 2 oak leaf clusters and the Army Reserve Component Achievement medal. His badges include the Joint Staff Identification Badge, the Recruiter Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB), Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB), Senior Parachutist Wings, the Special Forces Tab and the Ranger Tab.
His publications include articles in Military Review, Army Reserve Magazine, and the Baltic Defense Review. He is a fluent Lithuanian speaker and a member in the bar associations of Wisconsin, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Jesse J. Castellano Jr.
Command Sergeant Major Jesse Castellano Jr. is a native of San Antonio, Texas. He took responsibility as the senior enlisted advisor of the Seattle Army Recruiting Battalion on May 2, 2014.
He entered active duty on October 2, 1991, and received basic training at Fort Knox, Ky. followed by initial military occupation training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas as a combat medic 91B. After a few years, he reclassified and received training as a License Practical Nurse 91C.
His assignments as a combat medic and license practical nurse include HHB 2nd Battalion 17th Field Artillery, Fort Sill, Okla., HHT 5th Squadron 17th Cavalry, Camp Pelham, Korea, Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Wash, and Irwin Army Community Hospital, Fort Riley, Kan.
Following his selection and assignment to recruiting duty in 1991, Command Sgt. Maj. Castellano has held a number of positions within the U.S. Army Recruiting Command to include field recruiter, small station commander, and large station commander all within the Conroe Recruiting Company, Houston Recruiting Battalion.
He led the Corpus Christi and Austin Recruiting Companies as first sergeant within the San Antonio Recruiting Battalion.
He served as the Command Sergeant Major for the Minneapolis Recruiting Battalion. His latest assignment was the S3 Operations Sergeant Major for Minneapolis Recruiting Battalion.
His military education includes the United States Army Sergeant’s Major Academy (Class 62); Department of the Army and U.S. Army Recruiting Command First Sergeant Courses, Advanced Non-commissioned Officer Course, Basic Non-commissioned Officer Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Army Recruiter Course, Station Commander Course, Recruiter Trainer Course and the Guidance Counselor and Operations Course.
His civilian education includes a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Park University, and an Associate of Arts in General Studies from Barton County Community College.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with 14 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Expert Field Medical Badge, Gold Recruiting Badge with three sapphires, coveted recruiter ring and the prestigious Glen E. Morrell Medallion.
Command Sgt. Maj. Castellano and his wife, Athena, have three daughters, Brittani, Paris, Sophia.