COL Heather A. Kness
Colonel Heather Kness, a native of Averill Park, NY, is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Syracuse University and received her commission as a second lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program.
Colonel Kness began her military service at Fort Lewis, WA, in 1992, as an Ambulance Platoon Leader and S1 in the 85th Medical Evacuation Battalion and Operations Officer in the 18th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. Her next assignment was at Fort Bragg, NC, in the 261st Area Support Medical Battalion where she served as the Battalion Operations Officer and Delta Company Commander. While in command, she deployed her company to Bosnia for OPERATION JOINT FORGE peacekeeping operations and to OPERATION FUERTE APOYO in Nicaragua for humanitarian operations following Hurricane Mitch. After attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1999-2001, she returned to Fort Bragg and served as the Chief of Managed Care Operations at Womack Army Medical Center and then as the S3 for the 28th Combat Support Hospital (CSH). Colonel Kness deployed to Iraq with the 28th CSH for OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM I in 2003. She next served as the Operations Officer for the Pacific Regional Medical Command in Hawaii from 2003-2005 and then returned to Fort Bragg as the Executive Officer, 56th Medical Evacuation Battalion followed by Deputy Surgeon, 82nd Airborne Division. She deployed to Afghanistan for OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM with the 82nd Airborne Division in 2007-2008. Colonel Kness next served as a Medical Service Corps Career Manager at the US Army Human Resources Command in Alexandria, VA, and then returned to Fort Bragg in 2010 as the Executive Officer, 44th Medical Brigade and deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. Colonel Kness commanded the 261st Multifunctional Medical Battalion at Fort Bragg from March 2012 – June 2014. She most recently served as US Army Medical Command G-3 and Director of Healthcare Operations, Office of the Army Surgeon General.
Her degrees include a Bachelor of Arts dual degree in French and Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University and a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed an Army War College Fellowship at the US Department of Veterans Affairs in 2015. Colonel Kness is a graduate of the Army Medical Department Basic and Advanced Officer Courses, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College and the Army War College Fellowship program.
Her awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters), Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NATO Service Medal with two bronze stars, the Expert Field Medical Badge, the Recruiter Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the German Parachutist Badge.
Colonel Kness is a proud member of the Order of Military Medical Merit and a recipient of the Army Surgeon General’s prestigious 9A Proficiency Designator for Medical Operations. She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Michael L. Schwab
Command Sergeant Major Michael L. Schwab was born in Coon Rapids, MN. While attending Anoka High School, he joined the Army Reserves, May 1990, as a ground surveillance radar operator and attended Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. After graduating high school he completed Advanced Individual Training at Fort Huachuca, AZ.
CSM Schwab comes to the Medical Recruiting Brigade from the U.S. Army Recruiting and Retention School at Fort Knox, KY, where he served as the Recruiting Department Sergeant Major.
He enlisted in the Regular Army, in 1992, as a motor transport operator. Previous assignments include: motor transport operator, 546th Transportation Company, and chauffer for 46th Support Group commander, Fort Bragg, N.C.; chauffer for Assistant Commandant, Quartermaster Center & School, Fort Lee, VA; recruiter Rochester MN; On-Production Station Commander, Winona, MN; Limited Production Station Commander, Crystal, MN; Company Operations & Training NCO, Brainerd Recruiting Company, Brainerd, MN; first sergeant, Mt. Clemens Recruiting Company, Detroit, MI; senior master trainer, HQ, USAREC G-3; S-3 sergeant major, New York City Recruiting Battalion; G-3 sergeant major, HQ USAREC; and battalion command sergeant major for the Montgomery Recruiting Battalion.
His military and civilian education includes the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 62) graduating with honors, obtaining the SMA William G. Bainbridge Chair of Ethics Award; Department of the Army and the USAREC First Sergeants Courses; USAREC Senior Master and Master Trainers Courses; Guidance Counselors and Operations Courses; Station Commanders Course; Senior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, and Basic Leaders Course Obtaining Commandants List; Army Recruiters Course; U.S. Army Airborne School. CSM Schwab holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Marketing and a MBA in Human Resource Management from Columbia Southern University, Alabama.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Five Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with Eight Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Superior Unit Award with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal Eighth Award, National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with One Bronze Star, Humanitarian Service Medal with Two Bronze Stars, Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Medal, United Nations Somalia Medal, Army Gold Recruiting Badge with Three Sapphire Stars, Basic Parachute Badge, and Drivers Badge. He is a recipient of the Gold Recruiter Ring, the Recruiting Excellence Medallion, and was inducted into the Glen E. Morrell Order of Recruiting Excellence.