COL Terry R. Tillis
COL Terry R. Tillis is a native of Sanford, Florida, and began his military career upon graduation from the University of Central Florida as an Armor Officer. His first assignment was to Fort Benning, GA where he served in 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division as a plans officer, Tank, and Mortar Platoon Leader.
Following attendance at the Infantry Captains Career Course, COL Tillis has served in several command and staff positions including Assistant Operations Officer, 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division Fort Hood, TX; Tank Company Commander, C CO 3-67 AR; Company OC/T, Operations Group (Tarantula Light Infantry TF) Fort Irwin, CA; APMS and Battalion XO for the University of Southern California; Military Transition Team Chief and Operations Officer, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division; Squadron Operations and Executive Officer, 2/11 ACR; Regimental Operations Officer, 11th ACR Fort Irwin, CA; Squadron Executive Officer OC/T, Operations Group (TF4 Cavalry Squadron) Fort Polk, LA; Aide de Camp to the Commanding General, TRADOC Fort Eustis, VA; Commander, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO; 4th Infantry Division ACoS G-5 Plans Officer; and 2nd Infantry Division ACoS G-3 Operations Officer.
COL Tillis’ assignments required multiple deployments in support of our Nation’s defense and interests.
COL Tillis holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Florida, a Master of Arts from the University of Southern California, a Master of Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and a Masters of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is a graduate of both the U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger Schools, the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Infantry Captains Career Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Naval War College. He is married and they enjoy raising their daughter and two pups together.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Jaime Lopez
Command Sergeant Major Jaime Lopez is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada and entered the military in February 1999. He completing Basic and Advance Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO as an Engineer Soldier.
Upon completion, Command Sgt. Maj. Lopez was assigned to the 84th Engineer Battalion, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where he served as a Team and Squad Leader. While assigned, he participated in multiple Pacific Pathway exercises. After his tour in Hawaii, Lopez was assigned to Ops Group National Training Center, Fort Irwin California. There he supported multiple unit rotations serving with Lima, Phoenix, and Sidewinder Teams. Following his time at the NTC, Command Sgt. Major Lopez was selected to serve as a drill sergeant at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he trained more than 7,000 Soldiers in a span of two years.
After completing his time as a drill sergeant, he was assigned to 610th Engineer Support Company, 14th Engineer Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington. As a Platoon Sgt., he deployed for 15 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom VII. In March 2010, Command Sgt. Major Lopez was reassigned back to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, as a first sergeant with 232nd Engineer Company, 94th Engineer Battalion. He deployed to Northern Afghanistan in support Operation Enduring Freedom 2013. Upon his return, he was reassigned back to Hawaii, where he served as a 1st Sgt. for a total of 31 months with 561st Engineer Company and HHC 130th Engineer Brigade.
In July 2016, Command Sgt. Major Lopez was selected to attend USASMA as part of class 67. He graduated and was selected as Battalion Command Sergeant Major for 3 RD Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Armor Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division, Fort Hood, Texas. He then deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield 2017.
His most recent assignment as Battalion Command Sgt. Major, for 5th Battalion, 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade, Fort Hood Texas, Lopez manned, equipped and trained the unit to serve as specialized combat advisors anywhere around the world. In October 2019, the Enabler Battalion deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan to operate in support of Operations Freedom’s Sentinel and Resolute Support.
He graduated from all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System, including the First Sergeant’s course. His military and civilian education include Master Resilience Trainer, Joint Engineer Operations, Drill Sergeant School, Battle Staff Course, Air Assault Course, Tactical Combat Causality Care Course, Combative Level 1, and Security Force Assistance Advisor Course. Sgt. Maj. Lopez holds a Master’s of Science in Management with a concentration in Organizational Leadership through Excelsior College.
Command Sgt. Maj. Lopez’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with the V device, and Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and many others to include Driver’s Badge, Air Assault