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 Gary R. Stiteler Jr.
Command Sergeant Major Stiteler is originally from New Jersey. He enlisted into the Army in October of 1991 and began his military career as a 13F (Fire Support Specialist). As a Fire Support Specialist, he served in various positions from Forward Observer to Platoon Sergeant, serving in the 6th Infantry Division (L), 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division and the 3rd Infantry Division. In 2000 he decided to change his career path and become a permanent member of the Recruiting Command since then he has held all essential positions from Recruiter through Battalion Command Sergeant Major. CSM Stiteler has had the distinct pleasure of serving in four of the six Recruiting Brigades in the Recruiting Command, and has served in the following Battalions: Tampa Recruiting Battalion, Portland Recruiting Battalion, Mid Atlantic Recruiting Battalion, Phoenix Recruiting Battalion, and the Jacksonville Recruiting Battalion.
CSM Stiteler has been recognized as honor graduate or commandant’s list awardee for all levels of NCOES and is a graduate of the US Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 58. He has been honored as the Soldier of the Year 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment and Ft Bliss, TX, 1994, Divarty NCO of the Year 3rd DIVARTY 1995, Recruiter of the Year 2nd Recruiting BDE 1999, Station Commander of the Year 2nd Recruiting BDE 2001, First Sergeant of the Year Mid Atlantic Recruiting Battalion 2007 and various other awards.
CSM Stiteler’s civilian education includes a Master in Business Administration in Organizational Leadership, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts, a Post Graduate Certificate in Project Management, and is currently pursuing a Post Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership.