LTC Roberto Cardenas
LTC Roberto Cardenas was commissioned as a Medical Service Corps officer in August 1993 upon graduating from North Carolina State University. His initial assignment after the AMEDD Officer Basic Course was the 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Riley, Kansas. After platoon leader jobs in 1-16 Infantry (M) and the 101st Forward Support Battalion, he attended the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course at Fort Lee, Virginia. His next assignment was company command in 3rd Forward Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Stewart, Georgia. LTC Cardenas’ assignment following company command was to the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. During this tour, he served as an Observer/Controller on the Mechanized Infantry Task Force in the Operations Group…the “Green Team – Scorpions.” In July 2003 he moved to Fort Sam Houston, Texas to fulfill his commitment to the AMEDD Project Warrior program as a former Combat Training Center O/C. LTC Cardenas served in the Leader Training Center as an AMEDD OBC instructor and eventually the AMEDD OBC Class Advisor. His final position while at Fort Sam Houston was duty as the 232nd Medical Battalion Executive Officer. Upon graduating the Command and General staff college, he served as the 44th MEDCOM Chief of Operations at Fort Bragg and as Task Force MED during OIF rotation 08. LTC Cardenas’ final duty at Fort Bragg was as the operations officer in the 18th Airborne Corps Surgeon’s office…during which time included humanitarian assistance/disaster relief assistance to the country of Haiti as 18th Airborne Corps served as the foundation for JTF-Haiti during OPERATION Unified Response (JAN-MAR 2010). LTC Cardenas next reported to the Joint Forces Command Surgeon’s office in June 2010 with duty as the joint force provider in support of global force management (GFM) which included sourcing all joint medical requirements in support of all Combatant Commander’s OPLANs and CONPLANs. During this time, he was selected by the Director, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC) to support a request from PACOM to assist III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) with medical planning in support of relief assistance to the country of Japan in March 2011 during OPERATION Tomodachi & Pacific Passage. After 12 months, his duties transitioned from Joint Staff J31/Joint Force Providing to Joint Staff J7 – Joint and Coalition Warfighting Center. As the joint medical planner in JS J7, this required ensuring COCOM Surgeon, JTF Surgeon, and future ISAF/IJC Surgeon and Task Force MED-Afghanistan training objectives were planned and prepared in coordination with all warfighting functions in support of the COCOM exercise program.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Jeffery Gaylord
Command Sergeant Major Jeffery Gaylord was born in Lansing, MI and graduated from Henry County High School in Paris, TN in 1991. He enlisted in the Army directly following graduation as a 11B, Infantryman and attended One Unit Station Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, GA.
After graduation of airborne school, he served with the 82nd Airborne Division, 3/504 Parachute Infantry Regiment (P.I.R), Fort Bragg, NC. He then moved to 2nd Infantry Division, 1/506th, Camp Greaves, Korea. His follow on assignment was to the 101st Airborne Division, 1/187th, Fort Campbell, KY. While serving as an Infantryman CSM Gaylord held every position from M-60 Machine Gunner to Infantry Squad Leader.
In 1999, CSM Gaylord was selected as a recruiter and was assigned to the Montgomery Recruiting Battalion, 2nd Recruiting Brigade, where he served as a Recruiter, On Production Station Commander, Limited Production Station Commander and Company First Sergeant of the Huntsville Recruiting Company until 2009.
CSM Gaylord moved to Nashville Recruiting Battalion, 3rd Recruiting Brigade, where he served as the First Sergeant of the Clarksville Recruiting Company until 2011 where he was assigned to USASMA at Fort Bliss, TX. After graduation he was assigned the Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion, 1st Recruiting Brigade, as the Operations Sergeant Major.
CSM Gaylord is a graduate of the U.S. Army Sergeant Major Academy class 62 and all other NCOES and is pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. His awards and decorations include the Expert Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Gold Recruiting Badge with three sapphires, Recruiting Ring, Glen E. Morrell Medallion and is a member of the Sgt Audie Murphy Club.