Lt. Col. Christopher O. Beal
Lt. Col. Christopher O. Beal enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard, HHC 176th Engineer Battalion in 1997 and completed Basic and the Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, as a combat engineer. While serving a four-year enlistment, he was selected into the Simultaneous Membership Program and later commissioned as an Engineer Officer from Prairie View A&M University. His first active duty assignment was with the 887th Light Equipment (LE) Engineer Company, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Throughout his career he has completed several Army schools to include: Engineer Officer Basic Course, Engineer Captain’s Career Course, and the Sapper Leader Course at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO; U.S. Army Airborne Course, Ft. Benning, Georgia; U.S. Army Air Assault School, Ft. Campbell, KY; and the Army Command and General Staff College resident’s course. In addition to his undergraduate degree, he has also completed a Master of Science in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University, and a master’s degree in Emergency and Safety Management with a concentration in Homeland Security from Eastern Kentucky University.
Beal’s previous assignments include: 887th LE Platoon Leader; 4th Brigade Combat Team (BCT) Support Platoon Leader; 4th BCT, 101st Airborne Division’s, Sewer Water Electric Trash Medical Safety and Other (SWEAT-MSO) OIC for the Eastside of Baghdad, Iraq; Bravo 46th Engineer Company Commander; Sarasota, Florida Recruiting Company Commander; 1-395th Engineer Battalion Assistant Operations Officer; Eight Army’s G5 Strategic Planner in Seoul, Korea; 3-315th Engineer Battalion Executive Officer; and the 177th Armored Brigade’s Executive Officer.
Beal’s awards and decorations include the Army Meritorious Unit Citation, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medals with three Oak Leaf Clusters (OLC), Army Commendation Medal with six OLC, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal (2nd Award), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (2nd Award), Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (2nd Award), Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge-Silver, 2008’s Itschner Award for most outstanding Engineer Company and the Army Engineer De Fleury Medal.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.