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COL Trent Upton

Colonel Upton was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry upon graduation from The Ohio State University as a non-scholarship ROTC cadet in 1996.  Following the Infantry Officers’ Basic Course, he was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of South Korea, where he served as a Mechanized Rifle Platoon Leader in D Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized).

 In 1998 Colonel Upton was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.  He served there as a Company Executive Officer in C Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment (Light) and later as the Battalion Support Platoon Leader.

Colonel Upton arrived at Fort Hood, Texas in September 2001, following the completion of the Infantry Captains’ Career Course, and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment (Mechanized Infantry) 1st Cavalry Division as the Battalion Adjutant.  He assumed command of A Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment in June 2004, which he commanded until January 2006.  Colonel Upton assumed command of Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division in March 2006, subsequently serving as the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team Deputy Operations Officer from September 2006 to December 2007. 

Colonel Upton returned to the 1st Cavalry Division in January 2009, to serve as the Operations Officer for the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment (Combined Arms Battalion) and later as the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team Operations Officer from April 2010 to June 2011.  Colonel Upton later served as the US Army Training and Doctrine Command Liaison Officer to the Australian, Indonesian, and New Zealand Armies, with duty in Sydney, Australia from August 2011 to December 2013.

Colonel Upton commanded the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment (Combined Arms Battalion), 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas from February 2014 to February 2016. His command tenure included the battalion’s alert and deployment to Iraq to secure diplomatic facilities and key infrastructure in Baghdad, as the first US Army conventional maneuver force to reenter Iraq in support of what would become Operation Inherent Resolve. Colonel Upton subsequently served as the 3rd Infantry Division’s Operations Officer and Task Force Marne Operations Officer from June 2017 to December 2018. His tenure included service as the United States Forces-Afghanistan J3 and later the Operation Resolute Support Deputy CJ3.

Colonel Upton’s operational experience includes five deployments to Iraq, three in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, one in support of Operation New Dawn, and one in support of Operation Inherent Resolve respectively.  He has also completed one deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel/Resolute Support.

Colonel Upton’s professional military education includes completion of the Infantry Officers’ Basic Course, Bradley Fighting Vehicle Commander’s Course, the Infantry Captain’s Career Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Combined and General Staff College and the US Army War College.  He holds a Master of Strategic Studies Degree from the US Army War College and a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from Webster University. He also earned two Bachelor of Arts Degrees from The Ohio State University, one in Political Science and a second in International Relations.

Colonel Upton’s awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (4th Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (4th Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), the National Defense Service Ribbon, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Service Medal (6th Campaign Star), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the United States Army Ranger Tab, and the United States Army Parachutist Badge.

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CSM Jonathan E. Reffeor

Command Sergeant Major Reffeor enlisted in the Army September 1997 from Sunbury Pennsylvania and conducted One Station Unit Training at Ft. Benning, GA where he earned the Military occupational Specialty of 11B, Infantryman.

Command Sergeant Major Reffeor’s assignments include: Rifleman, Grenadier, 240B Machine Gunner, and Automatic Rifleman, 2-187 IN, Fort Campbell KY. Team Leader, Hohenfels, Germany. Commanding General's Driver for 7th USA Training Command, Grafenwoehr, Germany.   Squad Leader, 1/508 IN ABN, Vicenza, Italy. IOBC Squad Training, 2/11th IN, Fort Benning GA. Rifle Platoon Sergeant, 1st Battalion 327th IN Fort Campbell KY. Company Tactical NCO, West Point NY. First Sergeant, D Co 2nd Battalion 327th IN Fort Campbell KY.  Operations Group as a Senior 1SG Observer- Controller/Training, Fort Polk LA. G3 SGM, 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion Fort Stewart GA. Most recent as the BN CSM for 2nd Battalion 69th CAB, Fort Stewart GA.    Command Sergeant Major Reffeor has deployed to combat four times, Three times to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and one time to Afghanistan in support of Operation enduring freedom.

Command Sergeant Major Reffeor’s military education includes, the Warrior Leader Course, the Advanced Leader Course, the Senior Leader Course, the Air Assault School, the Pathfinder Course, Mountain Warfare School, Airborne School, Rappel Master School, Combative I and II Course, Commander and First Sergeant Course, and Instructor Training Course.  His civilian education includes a High School Diploma, Associate Degree and also holds a Bachelor degree. He is a recipient of the Military Order of St. Maurice.                                                                                                                                                             

CSM Reffeor's awards and decorations include, the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Campaign Medal with Arrowhead, the Army Good Conduct Medal 5th award, the Air Assault Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Airborne Badge with combat bronze jump star, the Combat Infantryman’s badge, the Expert infantryman’s Badge