LTC Bernita Hightower
LTC Bernita Hightower enlisted in the Army immediately after graduating from High School on July 15, 1986. She completed basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina followed by Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia where she obtained the Military Occupational Skill (MOS) 31C, Single Channel Radio Operator and V9 ASI, Multi-Signal Satellite Communications specialist. After 6 years of service which included tours with the 307th Military Intelligence Battalion, Stuttgart Germany; 100th Engineer Battalion, Fort Belvoir, Virginia and the 1141st Signal Battalion, Camp Zama Japan, LTC Hightower was awarded a ROTC scholarship through the Army’s Green to Gold Program.
LTC Hightower, a Distinguished Military Graduate, entered Howard University in August 1992 and graduated, with honors, in May 1996. She received a Regular Army commission into the Army Medical Service Corps and began her career as a Health Services Human Resource Manager (70F) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C.
LTC Hightower has enjoyed a variety of assignments as a Medical Service Corps Officer; Chief, Personnel Services Branch and Student Company Commander, Walter Reed Army Medical Center; Battalion S1, 702d Main Support Battalion, 2d Infantry Division, Camp Casey Korea; Brigade S1, AMEDD Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, TX; Battalion Executive Officer, US Army Garrison Special Troops Battalion, Fort Sam Houston, TX; Board Recorder, DA Secretariat - Career Manager, Medical Corps, Human Resources Command, Alexandria, VA; Chief, Human Resources, Martin Army Community Hospital, Fort Benning, GA; Secretary General Staff (SGS), 44th Medical Command, Fort Bragg, NC; SGS/ Public Affairs Officer, TF 44 MED, Camp Victory, Iraq; G1, 44th Medical Command, Fort Bragg, NC; Troop Commander/ Chief, Human Resources, Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, CO; Executive Assistant to the Commanding General, Public Health Command/ Chief, Army Nurse Corps, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.
LTC Hightower earned a Masters in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University.
Her awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 5 Oak Leave Clusters (OLC), the Army Commendation Medal with 4 OLC, the Army Achievement Medal with 3 OLC, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Expert Field Medical Badge, and the Recruiting Badge.
LTC Hightower is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit and the Silver Caduceus Society.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Paul Sandoval
CSM Paul Sandoval began his military career after graduating from Bishopville High School in Bishopville, South Carolina. After completing basic training at Fort Bliss, TX he continued on to complete Advanced Individual Training as a Field Artillery Fire Support Specialist(13F) at Fort Sill, OK. Upon completion of training he served as a Radio Telephone Operator with the 1/35th Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, at Fort Stewart, GA. Upon completion of his first tour he was then assigned to 6/29th Field Artillery Battalion, 8th ID in Mainz, GE as a Personnel Carrier Driver and Forward Observer. He followed this assignment with a tour as a Fire Support Sergeant with1/5th Field Artillery Battalion at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He continued his service as Fire Support Team Chief with 3/16th Field Artillery Battalion, Fort Hood, TX before being assigned to 1/15th Field Artillery Battalion, Camp Casey, Korea. He then returned to the 3rd Infantry Division; this time serving as a Company Fire Support Sergeant with 1/10th Field Artillery Battalion at Fort Benning, GA. He was then DA selected to serve on recruiting duty with his first assignment sending him to Hawaii as a Recruiter and Station Commander in the Kapolei Recruiting station where he converted to his primary MOS of 79R(Recruiter). His subsequent assignments in USAREC include 2nd Medical Recruiting Battalion as a Recruiter for the Raleigh Health Care Recruiting Station and Station Commander for the Columbia Health Care Recruiting Station; where he served as the Battalion’s NCO of the Year for FY2007. He continued his term with 5th Medical Recruiting Battalion as the Station Commander for the Dallas Medical Recruiting Station before being promoted to First Sergeant.
He served as First Sergeant with the Seattle Medical Recruiting Company, 6th Medical Recruiting Battalion for 2 years and as First Sergeant for the Los Angeles Medical Recruiting Company for two years He arrived at the 5th Medical Recruiting Battalion ON 13 August 2012. And presently serves as the battalion Senior Operations NCO. Master Sergeant McMillian holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Trident University. His military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, Recruiter Course, the Advance Leadership Course, Health Care Recruiter Course, Station Commander Course, ANCOC at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, both the DA and USAREC Master Sergeant Course and the Master Resiliency Course.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Award with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Achievement Award, and Army Achievement Award with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters.
1SG McMillian is married to the beautiful Ingrid McMillian and has four sons; Avery, a recent Pre Medical Graduate from the University of Texas; Keenan, a Private currently in Basic Training at Ft. Jackson, SC; Pierre, who works at a nurse in South Carolina and scheduled to attend basic in May 2013, and Sedrick who is presently 8 years old.