LTC Merbin Carattini
Lieutenant Colonel Merbin Carattini was the Executive Officer to the Deputy Commanding General for Operations, U.S. Army Medical Command, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. His previous formative assignment was serving as the Chief of Commanding General’s Strategy and Innovations Group in the U.S. Army Regional Health Command - Pacific, as well as, duties as the Special Assistant to the CEO of the Hawaii Enhanced Multi-Service Market, Command Surgeon for U.S. Army Pacific, and 18th Chief of the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps.
Previously, LTC Carattini was the Executive Officer, Deputy Commanding General for the U.S. Army Pacific Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii where he served as the catalyst between U.S. Army Pacific Command with Department of the Army, USPACOM, USPACOM Service Components, International Allies and subordinate commands. His formative assignments include: Senior Strategy Planner, at U.S. Army Pacific Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii; Support Operations Officer, 261st Multifunctional Medical Battalion at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he led all the external medical support to the 82nd Infantry Division (ABN) and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 10 and transitioned to Operation New Dawn; Commander, U.S. Army Air Ambulance Detachment at Joint Task Force Bravo, Soto Cano, Honduras; Chief of Current Operations, 44th Medical Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Operations Officer, 57th Air Ambulance Company, Fort Bragg North Carolina, in which he deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom 1, 3, and 5 and the Executive Officer and Platoon Leader, C/210th Forward Support Battalion, Fort Drum, New York.
LTC Carattini is a graduate of the Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course, Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course (Flight School), Army Medical Department Captains Career Course, Command and General Staff College, School for Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) and the Joint HQDA Strategic Studies Seminar in the United Kingdom.
LTC Carattini is a Distinguished Military Graduate and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and his commission from University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. He holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Degree and Organizational Leadership from Webster University, Saint Louis Missouri, a Masters in Military Arts and Sciences Degree – General Studies from the Command and General Staff College, Fort Benning, Georgia, and a Masters in Military Arts and Sciences in Theater Operations and Operational Art from the School for Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
LTC Carattini’s awards, decorations, and honors include the Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with four Oak Leaf Clusters), Air Medal (Numeral 2), Army Commendation Medal with (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster). He has earned the Combat Medical Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Senior Army Aviator Badge, and Air Assault Badge. He is a member of the distinguished Order of Military Medical Merit and Order of Saint Michael.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Owen J. Smith
Command Sergeant Major Owen J. Smith is a native of Richmond, Virginia. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School Class of 1997. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in June of 1997, where he attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. His military occupation training was as a Petroleum Supply Specialist. In 2000, he changed his military occupation specialty and joined the Military Police Corps.
Command Sergeant Major Smith’s assignments include the 49th Quartermaster Group, Fort Lee, Virginia, the 21st Military Police Company Airborne, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 65th Military Police Company Airborne, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; where he deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. Command Sergeant Major Smith entered the United States Army Recruiting Command in September of 2003 as a detailed recruiter with an assignment to the Chicago Recruiting Battalion, Chicago, Illinois. He was later assigned as a Center Commander in the Glenview Recruiting Company, Chicago Recruiting Battalion. In August of 2008, he was nominated and selected to become the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Command Sergeant Major’s Liaison NCO and reassigned to Fort Knox, Kentucky. In August 2009, he took responsibility of the Louisville Recruiting Company and served there until July 2011. Sergeant Major Smith was called on again to assist leading the New Orleans Recruiting Company from August 2011 to June 2013 as the First Sergeant. After completing his last tour as a First Sergeant, Sergeant Major Smith was assigned as a Division Chief for the Recruiting Company Commander/First Sergeants Course and Bn/BDE Pre-Command Course at the U.S. Army Recruiting and Retention School, Soldier Support Institute, located at Fort Jackson, South Carolina; until his departure in 2015 to the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. His last assignment was the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion S3 Sergeant Major, Fort George G. Meade, MD. Command Sergeant Major Smith is currently assigned as the Battalion Sergeant Major of the 1st Medical Recruiting Battalion located at Fort George G. Meade, MD.
Command Sergeant Major Smith is a graduate of the Basic Leaders Course, Advance Leaders Course, United States Army Military Police School, Senior Leaders Course, DA First Sergeants Course, Recruiting First Sergeants Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Defense Hazardous Materials Course, Defense Reutilizing and Marketing Course, Petroleum Vehicle Operators Course, Supervisor Development Course, Field Hygiene and Sanitation Course, Army’s Basic Recruiter Course, Station Commander Course, Army Basic Instructors Course, the Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course, Battalion/Brigade Pre-Command Course, CSM Development Course and the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Course (Class 66). His civilian education consists of a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia Southern University and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Grantham University.
Command Sergeant Major Smith’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (5th award), the Army Commendation Medal (7th award), the Army Achievement Medal (3rd award), the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and the Gold Recruiter Badge with three sapphires. He is also a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.