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Commander - COL Geoffrey A. Whittenberg
Colonel Geoffrey A. Whittenberg graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Oklahoma State University's ROTC program in 1997, with a degree in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (Forestry), and received his commission as an Aviation Officer. He attended the Aviation Officer Basic Course and graduated flight school in 1998 as an OH-58D-rated Aviator.
His first assignment after flight school was in the 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York, where he served as a platoon leader, deploying to Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Forge and subsequently as the battalion assistant S-3. Following the Aviation Advanced Course, COL Whittenberg served in the 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia, where he served as the squadron S1, deploying to Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom, and took command of E Troop, 3-7th Cavalry at Baghdad International Airport, subsequently redeploying the troop to Fort Stewart, GA. Upon completion of command, COL Whittenberg served in the Directorate of Training and Doctrine at the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Alabama, as a doctrine developer/writer followed by command of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment. Following command, COL Whittenberg attended the University of Oklahoma for Advanced Civil Schooling earning a master's degree in Business Administration followed by Intermediate Level Education at the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Upon graduation of ILE, COL Whittenberg returned to the 3rd Infantry Division where he served as the executive officer, 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, GA, and deployed to Jalalabad, Afghanistan, where he assumed duties as the squadron operations officer (S3). Following redeployment to HAAF, he assumed duties as the brigade executive officer, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade. His follow-on assignment was as the Aviation Branch, LTC Assignment’s Officer, Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky. COL Whittenberg once again returned to the 3rd Infantry Division and served as the commander, 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment from October 2013 through divestiture of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior and the Squadron’s inactivation in September 2015. Following command, COL Whittenberg served at the School for Command Preparation at Fort Leavenworth, KS, as an instructor for the Battalion Pre-Command Course as well as the Tactical Commander’s Development Program. COL Whittenberg then attended the Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Program at Fort Leavenworth, KS, earning a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies. COL Whittenberg subsequently served as an instructor at the School of Advanced Military Studies.
COL Whittenberg is a graduate of the Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course, Aviation Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff Course, and the Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Program.
His awards are commensurate with his time in service. He has earned the Combat Action Badge, Senior Aviator Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.
Command Sergeant Major - CSM George T. Ackerman
Command Sergeant Major Ackerman enlisted in the Army June 9, 1994, as an AH-1 Attack Helicopter Repairer.
He attended basic training at Fort Jackson, South Caroline, and advanced individual training at Fort Eustis, Virginia, before moving onto Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia.
During his 24 years of service, CSM Ackerman has served in numerous leadership positions to include section sergeant, phase team leader, recruiter, instructor, platoon sergeant, Quality Control Noncommissioned Officer In Charge, Production Control NCOIC, First Sergeant, and Battalion Command Sergeant Major.
His stateside assignments include 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Bliss, Texas, and Fort Carson, Colorado; 1st Battalion, 82nd CAB, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Salt Lake City Recruiting Battalion, Twin Falls, Idaho; 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 10th CAB, Fort Drum, New York; Scout Helicopter Training Division, Fort Eustis, Virginia; 96th ASB, and 101st CAB, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. His overseas assignments include 1st Battalion, 3rd GSAB, and 209th ASB, 25th CAB, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
CSM Ackerman’s military education includes the AH-1 Attack Helicopter Repairer Course, Basic Airborne School, Air Assault Course, Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, OH-58D Scout Helicopter Repairer Course, Army Recruiter School, Seniors Leaders Course, Army Basic Instructors Course, First Sergeants Course, and the Master Resiliency Trainer Course. He is a graduate of class 66, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
CSM Ackerman’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), National Defense Service Medal (Bronze Service Star), Iraqi Campaign Medal (1 Campaign Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 CS), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 4), NATO Medal, Gold Recruiter Badge with 3 Sapphires, Master Air Crew Member Badge, Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Drivers Badge.
Chief Warrant Officer - CW5 Steve A. Donahue Jr.
Chief Warrant Officer Five Steve A. Donahue Jr. enlisted in 1992. During his first three years, he progressed from Private E1 to Sergeant, serving as a Dental Assistant and Medic with the Medical Command, Fort Drum, New York, and 13th Corps Support Command (now Sustainment Command), Fort Hood, Texas.
In 1995, he successfully ascended to become an Aviation Warrant Officer and attend Initial Flight Training followed by the AH-64 Aircraft Qualification Course.
CW5 Donahue’s first three operational aviation assignments included the 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade’s own 3-6 Cavalry Regiment in Korea, 1-501st Aviation in Germany, and Task Force 2-501st Aviation in Germany and Kosovo. Additional operational assignments include the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion “Half Attack,” 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, Camp Eagle, Korea; 3rd ARB “Tigershark," 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia; 1st ARB “Tigershark," 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Drum, New York; Task Force “Nighthawk," 2nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Drum); and most recently, the Headquarters with 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Non-operational assignments include the 351st Aviation Training Support Battalion, Fort Stewart, Georgia, and both the 1-14th Aviation Battalion and 110th Aviation Brigade at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
CW5 Donahue is a proven Combat Action, Master Aviator. His deployments include Task Force Hawk, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Enduring Freedom. From platoon to brigade levels, his previous assignments include platoon leader, observer-controller-trainer, battle captain, Government flight and contracting officer, master gunner, standardization instructor, and air mission commander.
Throughout his career, CW5 Donahue attended multiple military and civilian professional education courses including: the Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course and Aviation Pre-Command Course, and he is currently completing his Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics with a minor in Business at Embry Riddle.
Awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters), Air Medal (two OLC), Army Commendation Medal (five OLC), Army Achievement Medal (six OLC), Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award (one OLC), Combat Action Badge, Expert Field Medic Badge, Master Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.