LTC Matthew D. Washburn
Lieutenant Colonel Matthew D. Washburn was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1975 and grew up as a son of a military officer living around several military installations. He graduated from West Springfield High School in Fairfax, Virginia in 1994 and from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 1998. He was commissioned through ROTC as an Air Defense Artillery officer. LTC Washburn also holds a Master’s degree from the Naval Post Graduate School in Defense Analysis and Irregular Warfare.
LTC Washburn has held a wide range of duty positions throughout his career. His early assignments include Avenger Platoon Leader, Linebacker Platoon Leader, and Company Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery, Ft. Stewart, Georgia.
LTC Washburn graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course and joined the Army Special Forces in 2004. He has held numerous positions throughout the Special Forces community, including Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha Commander and Company Executive Officer in the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Ft. Bragg, NC, Battalion Executive Officer, Battalion Operations Officer, Company Commander and Advanced Operating Base (AOB) Commander for 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, FL. LTC Washburn has also served as a small group instructor for the detachment commander portion of the Special Forces Qualification Course at the Special Warfare Center and School (SWCS) at Fort Bragg, NC. His latest assignments were as a J35 planner and as the Exercise and Training Division Chief for Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR), Stuttgart, Germany. LTC Washburn has two combat tours in Afghanistan and four operational deployments to South America.
His military education includes the Air Defense Artillery Basic Course, Infantry Captains Career Course, Special Forces Qualification Course, Special Forces “High Risk” SERE Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Jumpmaster Course, Command and Staff Service School, and Command and General Staff Course.
LTC Washburn's military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (w/ Oak Leaf cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (w/ Oak Leaf cluster), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, Global War of Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and Special Forces Tab.
LTC Washburn took command of the Central California Recruiting Battalion on June 30, 2017.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Marcus J. Bendy
Command Sergeant Major Marcus J. Bendy is a native of Beaumont, TX. He entered the Army in June of 1998. After completing Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, TX, he was awarded MOS 91B (Medical Specialist). He later reclassified to MOS 79R (Recruiter) in 2006.
CSM Bendy’s assignments include: Line medic 1st Battalion 35th Armor, 1st Armored Division Baumholder, Germany; Senior line Medic 3rd Battalion 67th Armor, 4th Infantry Division Fort Hood, Texas; Emergency Room Team Leader Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX; Detailed Recruiter Carbondale, IL; Limited Production Station Commander South County Recruiting Station, St. Louis Battalion; Limited Production Station Commander Irving Recruiting Station, Dallas Recruiting Battalion; First Sergeant East Bay Recruiting Company Walnut Creek, California; Medical Recruiting Brigade Senior Operations NCO Ft. Knox, KY; First Sergeant Baybrook Recruiting Company Houston, TX; Senior Master Trainer, Houston Recruiting Battalion.
CSM Bendy’s military education includes the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 67), DA First Sergeants Course, Recruiting First Sergeants Course, Senior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Unit Training Management Course, Station Commanders Course, and the Army Recruiting Course. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Post University and a Masters of Business Administration from Liberty University.
His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), The Army Commendation Medal (7th Award), the Army Achievement Medal (6th Award), The Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), The National Defense Service Medal, The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, The Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon 3rd device. MSG Bendy has earned the Gold Recruiter Badge, The Recruiter Ring, and has been inducted into the Glen E. Morrell Order of Recruiting Excellence.