COL Collin J. Fortier
Colonel Collin Fortier was raised in Yerington, Nevada. He was commissioned as a lieutenant of Infantry and was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree upon his graduation from West Point in 1990. He holds a Master in Business from Saint Mary's University and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. Military education includes Infantry officer basic and advance courses, Sapper leader course, Operations Research course, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the United States Army War College.
Colonel Fortier has served in a variety of command and staff assignments in the operational and institutional army. His first assignment was in the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood Texas where he served a rifle platoon leader, anti-tank platoon leader, scout platoon leader and company executive officer, in 1st Battalion 32nd Armor and 1st Battalion 5th Cavalry. In 1995, Colonel Fortier graduated the Infantry officer advanced course and was assigned to Fort Jackson where he served as a Basic training company commander in 4th Battalion 13th Infantry and 2nd Battalion 60th Infantry. In 1997, he attended the Operation Research Course and was assigned to V Corps in Heidelberg, Germany as Chief of Operations Research and Systems Analysis branch and deployed as part of a JTF to the Middle East. In 1998, he moved to the NATO base in the Netherlands and served as the aide-de-camp for the Allied Forces North J-3 during operations in Kosovo. Following his return from Europe in 2000, Colonel Fortier served as an Observer Controller at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin California.
Following completion of his studies at Fort Leavenworth in 2003, Colonel Fortier was assigned to the 101ST at Fort Campbell, Kentucky where he served in the 3rd Brigade "Rakkasans" as a Battalion S-3 and XO during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM deploying with the Brigade twice. In 2006, Colonel Fortier served with the Australian Army as the lead battalion staff observer trainer at their Combat Training Centre in Townsville, Australia where he assisted the Australian forces in their preparation for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to his departure, the Australian Land Commander awarded him the Australian Commendation Medal "silver" award.
Returning from Australia in 2008, Colonel Fortier served as the Commander of the 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry at Fort Jackson, SC. Upon relinquishing command in 2010, Colonel Fortier deployed to Afghanistan to serve as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan. Returning from this OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM in 2011, Colonel Fortier assumed duties as the Deputy Chief of Staff of Army North's All- hazards response forces supporting domestic operations at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. From 2012 to 2013, Colonel Fortier attend the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
His awards and decorations include: the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service medal, Meritorious Service medal with 5 oak leaf clusters, Joint Commendation medal, Army Commendation medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Joint Achievement medal, Ar my Achievement medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, NATO medal, Combat Infantry badge, Ranger Tab, and Army Parachute Badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Ernesto Sanchez Jr.
Command Sergeant Major Ernesto Sanchez Jr. enlisted in the United States Army on November 18, 1986. CSM Sanchez completed Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia as a Helicopter Avionics Mechanic.
CSM Sanchez has served in numerous assignments and has held various leadership positions including Avionics Mechanic, Section Sergeant, and Platoon Sergeant 5th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Aviation Regiment Fort Hood/Wiesbaden, Germany; Technical Inspector 3rd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment Fort Hood, Texas; Platoon Sergeant 5/501st Attack Aviation Battalion Fort Hood/Camp Eagle ROK; Platoon Sergeant and Production Control NCOIC 615th Aviation Support Battalion Fort Hood, Texas.
CSM Sanchez’ recruiting career began in April 1998. His first assignment was with the New England Recruiting Battalion as a Recruiter in Lowell, Massachusetts, Station Commander in Lowell and Quincy, Massachusetts, and First Sergeant of the Manchester and then the Northshore Recruiting Company. He later served with the Portland Recruiting Battalion as First Sergeant of the Honolulu Recruiting Company. CSM Sanchez served as the Command Sergeant Major of the Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion and the Raleigh Recruiting Battalion.
Command Sergeant Major Sanchez completed all required military schooling including the United States Army Command Sergeants Major Course, Brigade CSM Development Course, First Sergeants Course, USAREC First Sergeants Course, Advanced Course, Basic Course, Primary Leader Course, USAREC Station Commanders Course, and the United States Army Leadership Awareness Training Course at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute. He has four years of college and is completing his degree with Excelsior College, Albany, N.Y.
His awards and decorations include the Air Assault Badge, Air Crewmember Badge, Meritorious Service Medal 4OLC, Army Commendation Medal 8OLC, Army Achievement Medal 9OLC, Good Conduct Medal, Army Gold Recruiting Badge, Army Recruiting Ring, Morrell Award for Recruiting Excellence, and 3 Company and 1 LP CSA Recruiting Awards for Excellence.