COL Edward F Mandril
Colonel Mandril was commissioned through the ROTC program in 1995 as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Providence College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He holds Master Degrees in Business Administration, Health Services Management, and Strategic Studies. COL Mandril’s military education includes Senior Service College, Command and General Staff College, the Army Force Mgmt Course, the AMEDD Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, SERE-C, Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training, UH-60 Aircraft Qualification, the AMEDD Plans, Ops, Intel, Security, & Training Course, and the Capability Developer’s Course.
As a Company Grade Officer, COL Mandril served as the Executive Officer for E Company, 232nd Medical Battalion (FSH) from 1995-1997, as the Battalion Maintenance Officer and Ambulance Platoon Leader for E Company, Academy Battalion (FSH) from 1997-1998, as the Flight Platoon Leader and Executive Officer for the 571st Medical Company (Air Ambulance), 3rd ACR (Fort Carson) from 1999-2002, as the Commander for the U.S. Army Air Ambulance Company (Honduras) from 2002 to 2004, and as a Combat Developer during transformation for the Army Medical Department’s Combat Doctrine and Development from 2004-2005.
As a Field Grade Officer, COL Mandril has served as the Chief of Plans for 4th Infantry Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade in Iraq for OIF 05-07, as the Commander for C/2-4 GSAB and Task Force Nightingale in Iraq for OIF 07-09, as the Battalion Executive Officer for 3-4 Assault Helicopter Battalion (Fort Hood) from 2009-2010, as the Brigade Executive Officer and Deputy Brigade Commander for 1st Aviation Brigade (Fort Rucker) from 2010-2012, as the Battalion Commander for 1-228th Aviation Regiment (Soto Cano Airbase, Honduras) from 2012-2013, as the Deputy Director for MEDEVAC Proponency at Fort Rucker, AL from 2013-2016, and as the Chief, Integration & Operation Division, at HRCoE’s CDID.
COL Mandril deployed to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Spring, to Egypt in support of Operation Bright Star, to Haiti in support of Operation Secure Tomorrow, to New Orleans in support of Hurricane Katrina, and twice to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07 and 07-09.
COL Mandril’s awards and achievements include the Bronze Star (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (6 OLCs), the Army Commendation Medal (5 OLCs), the Army Achievement Medal (4 OLCs), the National Defense Service Medal (Bronze Star), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Bronze Star), Humanitarian Service Medal (2nd Award), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Volunteer Service Medal, the Army Aviation Association Rescue of the Year Award, the American Legion Pilot Valor Award, the Dadaelians Exceptional Pilot Award, the Dustoff Hoist Rescue of the Year Award, the Sikorsky Rescue Award (2nd Award), the Order of Military Medical Merit Award, and the Order of St. Michael Award (Bronze). COL Mandril has earned the Army Master Aviator Badge, the Army Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Expert Field Medical Badge, and is a 9A AMEDD Proficiency Designator Award.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Jesse Castellano Jr
Command Sergeant Major Jesse Castellano Jr. is a native of San Antonio, Texas. He assumed responsibility as the Command Sergeant Major of the Medical Recruiting Brigade on March 16, 2018.
He entered active duty on October 2, 1991, and conducted basic training at Fort Knox, Ky. followed by initial military occupation training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas as a combat medic 91B. After a few years, he reclassified and received training as a License Practical Nurse 91C.
Following his selection and assignment to recruiting duty in 1999, Command Sgt. Maj. Castellano held a number of positions within the Command to include field recruiter, small station commander (Huntsville RS), and large station commander (College Station RS), Conroe Recruiting Company, Houston Recruiting Battalion, 5th Recruiting Brigade.
CSM Castellano served as the Command Sergeant Major for the Seattle Recruiting Battalion, 6th Recruiting Brigade and as the Operations Sergeant Major and interim Command Sergeant Major for the Minneapolis Recruiting Battalion, 3rd Recruiting Brigade. CSM Castellano served as company 1SG for both the Corpus Christi and Austin Recruiting Companies, San Antonio Recruiting Battalion, 5th Recruiting Brigade.
His previous assignments as a combat medic and license practical nurse include HHB 2nd Battalion 17th Field Artillery, Fort Sill, Okla., HHT 5th Squadron 17th Cavalry, Camp Pelham, Korea, Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Wash, and Irwin Army Community Hospital, Fort Riley, Kan.
His military education includes the United States Army Sergeant’s Major Academy (Class 62), Department of the Army and U.S. Army Recruiting Command First Sergeant Course, Senior Leader Course, Advance Leader Course, Basic Leader Course, Station Commander Course, Army Recruiter Course, Recruiter Trainer Course, Guidance Counselor and Operations Course, BDE Pre-Command Course/BDE CSM Development Course, BN Pre-Command Course/BN CSM Development Course.
His civilian education includes a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Park University, and an Associate of Arts in General Studies from Barton County Community College.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (7th Award), Army Commendation Medal (15th Award), Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Expert Field Medical Badge, Gold Recruiting Badge with three sapphires, coveted recruiter ring and the prestigious Glen E. Morrell Medallion. CSM Castellano is a recipient of the US Army Recruiting Excellence Medallion and the Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3) Medallion.
up 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.