LTC Ryan M. Berdiner
Lieutenant Colonel Ryan M. Berdiner is a native of Lancaster, PA. He was commissioned as a Field Artillery (FA) Officer through the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2001 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering.
Upon completion of the FA Officer Basic Course, LTC Berdiner was assigned to Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 321st Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as a fire direction officer, platoon leader, and executive officer and deployed to Taszar Airbase, Hungary in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 1. After redeploying, LTC Berdiner assumed duties as the Headquarters Battery executive officer until he was selected to serve as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General of the XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery. While serving as the Aide-de-Camp, LTC Berdiner deployed to support OIF 1-1.5 as the Aide to the Deputy Combined Joint Operations Officer, Chief Military Spokesman.
After attending the FA Captain’s Career Course, LTC Berdiner was assigned as the Plans Officer for the 1st Battlefield Coordination Detachment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he deployed to Al Udeid Airbase, Qatar, supporting all air operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Upon redeployment, LTC Berdiner assumed duties as the Assistant Operations Officer for the 18th Fires Brigade (Airborne). He later commanded Charlie Battery, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment and deployed to Kunar Province, Afghanistan during OEF 7-9. He subsequently served as the Assistant Operations Officer for the 18th Fires Brigade (Airborne).
LTC Berdiner assumed duties as the Speechwriter for the Commanding General of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, then attended the Command and General Staff College (CGSC). While at CGSC, LTC Berdiner concurrently earned a Master’s Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. After completing CGSC, LTC Berdiner again returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina and was assigned as the Chief of Operations for the 18th Fires Brigade (Airborne). He transitioned to serve as the Brigade Fire Support Officer in 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, and further served as the Battalion Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer in 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment.
LTC Berdiner transferred to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), Fort Polk, Louisiana. While at JRTC, LTC Berdiner served as the Field Artillery Battalion Operations Observer, Coach, Trainer, the Division Fires Planner, and the Chief of Staff for Operations Group, JRTC.
LTC Berdiner’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Valorous Unit Award (1 OLC), Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), NATO/ISAF Medal, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Canadian Parachutist Badge, and German Parachutist Badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Stephen F. McCartney
Command Sergeant Major Stephen McCartney was born in East China, MI. CSM McCartney joined the Army in January, 1993 and shipped to Basic Training in March of 1993. He completed Basic Training and AIT at Ft. Sill, OK as a 13E Cannon Fire Direction Specialist. His first duty assignment was at Ft. Bragg, N.C. CSM McCartney was assigned to Recruiting duty in June of 1999. Prior to his selection to Recruiting he served as a Section Chief, Chief Fire Direction and Platoon Sergeant, with the Division Artillery 82nd ABN DIV, Ft. Bragg, NC.
From 1999 to 2006 CSM McCartney was assigned to the Mount Clemens Recruiting Company as a Recruiter, OP Station Commander and LP Station Commander. In June of 2006 he was re-assigned as a Company Training Operations NCO with the Lansing Recruiting Company, Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion. In 2007 he was assigned as the Senior Guidance Counselor at the Lansing MEPS, Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion. In 2008 he was assigned to the Indianapolis Recruiting Battalion, Bloomington Recruiting Company First Sergeant position. In 2011 CSM McCartney moved to Oklahoma City Recruiting Battalion, Texarkana Recruiting Company as the Company First Sergeant. In 2013 he was selected to serve as the NCOIC of the USAREC G-3 EEPD Division H.Q. USAREC where he worked as the EEPD Policy NCOIC. CSM McCartney was assigned to the Great Lakes recruiting Battalion in June of 2016 where he served as the Battalion Operations Sergeant Major. In January of 2017 CSM McCartney assumed the duty of the Command Sergeant Major of the Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion.
CSM McCartney is a graduate of the Army’s Basic Airborne Course, Air Assault Course, Tact Fire Support Course, Warriors Leaders Course, Family Medium Tactical Vehicle Course, the Advanced Leaders Course, Army Recruiter Course, Station Commander Course, Senior Leader Course, Guidance Counselor-Operation Course, DA First Sergeant Course and the Recruiting First Sergeant Course. CSM McCartney is a graduate of the USASMA Class 66. CSM McCartney has a Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security from Vincennes University.
His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with two Silver Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), the NCO Professional Development (5th device), Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Gold Recruiter Badge with 3 sapphires, the Recruiter Ring, Glenn E. Morrell Award and the Recruiting of Excellence Medallion.