COL Leroy R. Barker Jr.
Colonel Leroy R. Barker Jr. assumes command of the US Army’s 6th Recruiting Brigade on 20 July 2017. Upon graduation from the United States Military Academy, he was initially commissioned in the Military Intelligence Corps and subsequently transferred to the Special Forces Branch. He has served in a variety of command and staff positions in both Conventional and Special Operations Forces in the United States, PACOM, AFRICOM, and CENTCOM Areas of Responsibility. Command assignments include Infantry Battalion Scout Platoon Leader at 4th Infantry Division, two Special Forces Detachments in 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Special Forces Company Commander, Security Force Assistance Team Commander while assigned to the 2nd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Kandahar, Afghanistan, and a US Army Special Operations Command (Airborne) (USASOC (A)) Battalion. Staff assignments include Mechanized Infantry Battalion Assistant Intelligence Officer, Division G2 Training Officer, Civil Affairs Battalion Intelligence Officer, Special Forces Battalion Assistant Operations Officer, Special Forces Company Executive Officer, Joint Task Force Assistant Operations Officer, Brigade Executive Officer, Brigade Director of Security and Counterintelligence and most recently as Deputy Commander of a CENTCOM Joint Task Force in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. COL Barker is a graduate of the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, the Special Forces Qualification Course, the Combined Arms Services and Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with OLC, DMSM with 3 OLC, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with OLC, and Army Achievement Medal. He has also earned the Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Military Freefall Badge, Combat Diver Badge and the Army Recruiter Badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM John D. Milsap
Command Sergeant Major Milsap is a native of Heidelberg, Mississippi. He graduated from Heidelberg High School Class of 1986 and attended both Jackson State University and University of Southern Mississippi. He enlisted in the United States Army May 1989 and completed Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training as a Fire Support Specialist at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
His early assignments include the 2/1 Field Artillery, Nurnberg, Germany while assigned he deployed to Desert Storm/Desert Shield; USMCA, Furth, Germany; 5th Infantry Division (DIVARTY), Fort Polk, Louisiana and HHB (DIVARTY), 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Command Sergeant Major Milsap was later assigned to United States Army Recruiting Command as a detailed Recruiter in the Atlanta Recruiting Battalion. He served as a Station Commander in Sandy Springs and Atlanta West Recruiting Stations, Atlanta Recruiting Company; Guidance Counselor for the Atlanta Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) and a First Sergeant for Marietta Recruiting Company. Upon selection to Master Sergeant in 2003, Command Sergeant Major Milsap served as the Senior Operations NCO of the Oklahoma Recruiting Battalion. In July 2005 he was assigned to the Dallas Recruiting Battalion where he served as the First Sergeant for the Lewisville Recruiting Company and Master Trainer for the Dallas Recruiting Battalion. In 2009 he was selected to attend the United States Sergeant Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas and after completion assigned to the Miami Recruiting Battalion, Miami, Florida as one of the first Battalion Operation’s Sergeant’s Major in USAREC. 2011 he was Command select to become the Command Sergeant Major of the Phoenix Recruiting Battalion, Phoenix, Arizona and followed by Command Select for the Atlanta Recruiting Battalion, Atlanta, GA. In 2016 CSM Milsap served as the Operation SGM for the Baton Rouge Recruiting Battalion .
Command Sergeant Major Milsap military education includes all levels of the Army’s Noncommissioned Officer Education System culminating as a graduate of the Sergeant Major Academy, Class 60. He is a graduate of the Army’s Basic Recruiter Course, Station Commander’s Course, Guidance Counselor Operations Course, DA and USAREC First Sergeant Course, Brigade and Battalion Pre-Command Course/ Command Sergeant Major Development Course and Battle Staff Course.
Command Sergeant Major Milsap holds a Masters of Leadership and Management from The University of Texas El Paso and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia.
Command Sergeant Major Milsap awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, 3rd award; the Army Commendation Medal, 6th award; the Army Achievement Medal, 5th award; Gold Recruiter Ring and the coveted Glen E. Morrell Ring and Medallion. He is a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.