Lt. Col. Brad Morgan was born and raised in Union City, Tennessee. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management. He received a Graduate Certificate in Military Construction Management from the University of Missouri at Rolla, earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College, and holds a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University. Lieutenant Colonel Morgan is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic Course, distinguished graduate from the Engineer Captain’s Career Course, and graduated with distinction from the College of Naval Command and Staff. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Tennessee.
Lt. Col. Morgan’s initial assignments were as a Mechanized Combat Engineer Platoon Leader, Assault and Obstacle Platoon Leader, and Company Executive Officer with Alpha Company, 8th Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. He then served as the Battalion Construction Officer for the 8th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, deploying in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) in 2004, and was responsible for overseeing infrastructure reconstruction projects across central Baghdad. Following a year in the Inactive Ready Reserve, where he worked as a Construction Superintendent in Memphis, Tennessee, Lieutenant Colonel Morgan returned to Active Duty in 2006. Upon assignment to 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, he deployed to Taji, Iraq, during the OIF surge in 2007 as a Military Transition Team Leader, where he trained and combat advised a newly formed Iraqi Army Reconnaissance Battalion. Returning to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Lieutenant Colonel Morgan assumed command, activated, and deployed the 511th Engineer Company (Sapper), 326 Engineer Battalion (Air Assault) in support of OIF to Kirkuk, Iraq, conducting route clearance and construction operations throughout northern Iraq in 2009. After company command, he then served in the G5 plans section of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Mission Support Element at Fort Campbell. He was then selected to serve as the Operations Officer (S3) of the 326 Engineer Battalion (Air Assault), deploying the battalion in support of OPERATION NEW DAWN (OND) in 2011 as the lone engineer battalion in Iraq for OND. Following completion of ILE at the Naval War College in 2013, LTC Morgan next served for two years as the Deputy Commander and Deputy District Engineer of the Nashville District, US Army Corps of Engineers. Upon successful completion of advanced civil schooling at Vanderbilt University in 2016, he was assigned as the Deputy Commander of the Baltimore District, US Army Corps of Engineers. While in Baltimore, he deployed in support of OPERATION FREEDOM’S SENTINEL (OFS) to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2017, as part of the NATO Resolute Support Mission’s Task Force Enhanced Security Zone.
Lt. Col. Morgan’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Meritorious Unit Citation (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Bronze de Fleury Medal. He has also earned the Sapper Tab, as well as the Combat Action, Parachutist, Air Assault, and Pathfinder Badges.
Command Sgt. Maj. William B. Nicholson
Command Sgt. Maj. Nicholson was born in Bartow, Florida and enlisted into the Army in July 1995 as a Combat Engineer. He attended basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Command Sgt. Maj. Nicholson has served as Combat Engineer, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Battalion S-3 NCOIC, and Brigade Chief Engineer. His assignments include Charlie Company 16th Engineer Battalion, Charlie Company 54th Engineer Battalion (Bamberg Germany), Bravo Company 41st Engineer Battalion (Fort Drum), Bravo Company 4th Engineer Battalion, Echo Company 1-8 Infantry Battalion (Fort Carson), 3/361st Training Support Battalion AC/RC (Denver, Colorado), Charlie Company 1st Brigade Special Troop Battalion, Bravo Company 1st Brigade Engineer Battalion (Fort Riley), Alpha Company 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion, and 555th Engineer Brigade (Joint Base Lewis McChord). CSM Nicholson has deployed twice in support of Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia), three deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, one deployment supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, and one deployment in support of Operation Spartan Shield.
Command Sgt. Maj. Nicholson’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal (11), Army Good Conduct Medal (7), National Defense Service Medal (Bronze SS), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Bronze SS), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Bronze CS), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (Bronze SS), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon(3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (6), NATO Medal (2 Bronze SS), Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Commendation (3), Army Superior Unit Award, Sapper Tab, Air Assault Badge, Combat Action Badge, and recipient of the Bronze Order of the DeFleury Medal.
Command Sgt. Maj. Nicholson’s military education includes the Basic Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, 1SG/CDR Course, current student of the United States Army Sergeants Major Nonresident Course, Sapper Leader Course, Air Assault School, Army Combative Course Level I, Route Clearance and Reconnaissance Sapper Course, Battle Staff Course, Transportation Hazmat Course, Physical Security Course, Security Management Course, Anti-Terrorism Officer Course.
Command Sgt. Maj. Nicholson holds a Bachelor of Arts (magna cum-laude) degree in Homeland Security from American Military University.