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 Tony A. Conyers
Command Sergeant Major Tony Conyers is a native of Newark, New Jersey. He joined the United States Army on 10 November 1989 and attended basic training at FT Benning, GA. Upon graduating basic training, he attended advanced individual training to become an Airborne Infantryman Occupational Skill (MOS), 11B. In addition, CSM Conyers also holds a secondary MOS as a Mechanized Infantryman, 11M.
His assignments and positions include rifleman, team leader and Squad leader 6/6th Infantry Bn, Bamberg, Germany; Platoon Sergeant and Section Sergeant 1/15th Infantry Regt. 3rd Infantry Division. Master Gunner and Bradley Instructor 1/29th Infantry Regt., FT Benning, GA; S3 Operations NCOIC 1/61st Infantry Bn, Basic Training, FT Jackson, SC; Center Leader positions in Aiken, Orangeburg and Columbia Downtown centers while assigned to Columbia Recruiting Bn. First Sergeant Norfolk Company (VA), Beckley Recruiting Bn, 1st BDE and Lakeland Company (FL), Tampa Recruiting Bn, 2nd BDE. His most recent assignment include USAREC Recruiting and Retention School, Recruiting Department Director at FT Knox, KY.
His Military Education includes the Basic Army Instructor Course, Airborne School, Pathfinder School, Air Assault School, Bradley Master Gunner School, Bradley Leader Course, Light Leader Course, Army Battle Staff Course, Recruiting Station Commander Course, Recruiting First Sergeant Course and the Senior Training Education Management Course. Command Sergeant Major Conyers has completed all of the Non-Commissioned Officer Education System courses and is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeant Major Academy (Class 63).
His awards include, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with one silver leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal (8th award), National Defense Service Medal, Operation Desert Storm/Shield Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Southwest Asian Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon level 4, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Gunner J3 Identifier, Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Gold Recruiter Badge with three sapphires, coveted Recruiter Ring and the prestigious Glen E. Morrell Medallion.