Colonel Jim Armstrong



Colonel Jim Armstrong was commissioned by the United States Military Academy as an Armor Officer in 2001. Following completion of training at Fort Knox, he was assigned to the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Carson, CO from 2001-2004 as a scout platoon leader and company executive officer. After completing the Captain’s Career Course, Colonel Armstrong served in the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY where he served as a plans officer, battle captain, company commander, and aide-de-camp to the Commanding General. Colonel Armstrong then served as the speechwriter to the Commanding General of the Combined Arms Center.

Following Command and General Staff College, Colonel Armstrong served in the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, TX from 2011 to 2015. While in the 1st Cavalry Division, he served as battle major, brigade plans officer, battalion operations officer, and brigade operations officer. After an assignment at Fort Hood, Colonel Armstrong served as an OC/T at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center 2015-2016. Following OC/T duty, Colonel Armstrong was assigned to the Joint Staff as the Concept Lead for the Joint Staff Innovation Group from 2016-2018.

From 2018 to 2020, Colonel Armstrong commanded the 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment at Fort Riley, KS, and deployed as the rotational force to Korea. After battalion command, he attended the US Army War College in Carlisle PA. Most recently, Colonel Armstrong served at V Corps Headquarters at Fort Knox, KY, and Poznan, Poland.

Colonel Armstrong holds a Bachelor of Science degree in systems engineering as well as a master’s degree in military history and strategic studies.

Colonel Armstrong’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Valor Device, Bronze Stars, Defense Meritorious Service Medals, and the Combat Action Badge.

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CSM James Kelly

Command Sergeant Major (CSM) James Kelly was born July 16, 1973 in Ireland. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1995 and attended Basic and Advanced Individual Training as a 12B (Combat Engineer) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Throughout his 26-year career, CSM has served in numerous enlisted leadership positions from Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Operations Sergeant, AC/RC Team Chief, Brigade Engineer NCOIC, Company First Sergeant, Head Support NCO for NATO’s SHAPE Command Centre, SHAPE Belgium, and Battalion Command Sergeant Major.
CSM Kelly’s assignments include: Alpha Company 16/54 EN BN, Warner Barracks Germany; Headquarters and Headquarters Company 2nd EN BN, Camp Castle, Republic of Korea; Charlie Company 14th EN BN, Ft. Lewis WA; Charlie Company 5th EN BN, Ft. Leonard Wood MO; 18th Engineer Company (Sapper) 3/2 Stryker Brigade Ft. Lewis WA, Alpha Company 3-364 EN BN 191 IN BDE; Ft Lewis WA, Headquarters and Headquarters Company 5/2 then 2/2 Stryker Brigade Ft. Lewis WA, 562 Engineer Company (Sapper) 1-17 IN BN 2/2 Stryker Brigade Ft. Lewis WA, US Army NATO, SHAPE Belgium, 5th EN BN, Ft. Leonard Wood MO, and 4-306th Brigade Engineer Battalion 188th Infantry Brigade Ft. Stewart GA.
CSM Kelly’s military education includes Combat Life Savers Course, Army Retention Course, Combatives Level 1, Warrior Leader Course, Sapper Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, Urban Mobility Breaching Course, Battle Staff Course, First Sergeants Course, Company Commander and First Sergeants Course, Counter Explosives Hazards Planning Course, Explosive Hazards Unit Trainer Course, Joint Engineer Operations Course, NATO Military Engineering Staff Officers Course, NATO Military Engineering Advanced Operations Planning Course, Strategic Broadening Program at the University of Louisville and the Sergeants Major Course.
CSM Kelly’s civilian education includes a Master of Business Administration from Webster University, St. Louis Missouri, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College, Albany, New York, and a National Diploma in Construction Management Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick Ireland.
CSM Kelly’s operational deployments include: Operation Joint Endeavor (1996), Operation Iraqi Freedom 03-04 and 06-07, Operation Enduring Freedom 09-10 and 12-13.
CSM Kelly’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal (2OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal (JSCM),Army Commendation Medal with V Device, Army Commendation Medal (6OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4OLC), Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (3 Service Stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Service Star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 5), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 8), NATO Medal (2nd Award), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award (2OLC), Army Superior Unit Award(1OLC), Sapper Tab, Combat Action Badge, Drivers Badge (Track & Wheel Clasp). He has also been awarded the Engineer Bronze Order of the DeFleury Award, and CSM Kelly is a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.