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 Charles J. Peterson II
Command Sergeant Major Charles Jerome Peterson, II is a native of Saginaw, Mich. His military career began in 1990 as an Administrative Specialist in the Michigan National Guard. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, S.C. In 1991 he enlisted in the United States Army and attended Advanced Individual Training at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. as a Welder.
Throughout his Army career, Command Sergeant Major Peterson has held a variety of leadership positions ranging from Squad Leader, Section Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Center Commander, Instructor, Writer/Developer, First Sergeant and Operations Sergeant Major. His other assignments include service with the Cold Regions Test Center at Fort Greely, Alaska; 24th Transportation Battalion at Fort Eustis, Va.; Chicago Recruiting Battalion at Fort Sheridan, Ill.; 596th Maintenance Company in Darmstadt, Germany; Minneapolis Recruiting Battalion at Fort Snelling, Minn.; Recruiting and Retention School at Fort Jackson, S.C.; Chicago Recruiting Battalion at Fort Sheridan, Ill.; Columbus Recruiting Battalion, Columbus, Ohio; Syracuse Recruiting Battalion, Syracuse, N.Y.; Milwaukee Recruiting Battalion, Milwaukee, Wis., New York City Recruiting Battalion and currently serves as the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the 6th Recruiting Brigade. Command Sergeant Major Peterson graduated from all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System to include the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 63. He has also completed the Recruiter Course, Station Commander Course, Instructor Course, and DA First Sergeants Course. He holds an associate degree in General Studies from University of Phoenix, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership (Cum Laude) from Mountain State University and Master of Arts in Leadership from The University of Texas at El Paso. Command Sergeant Major Petersons’ awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. He also earned the Army Recruiter Gold Badge with three sapphires, Army Recruiter Ring, and the coveted Glen E. Morrell award.