LTC John Sanders
Lieutenant Colonel John Sanders is a native of Portland, Oregon. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 2001 through a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at Central Washington University following three years in the Army Reserves. He has a Baccalaureate in Geological Sciences and a Master’s of Arts in Information Technology Management from Webster University. LTC Sanders entered active service as Signal Officer in 2001 where he was sent to the Signal Officer Basic Course (SOBC) at Fort Gordon, Georgia.
He has served in key leadership and staff positions including: Platoon leader 1-43rd Air Defense Artillery Battalion (PATRIOT) at Suwon Air Base, Battalion Communications Officer in 3-320th Field Artillery in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Iraq, Company Commander 501st Special Troops Battalion 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Secretary of the General Staff for the United States Army Signal Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, he also served as a Small Group Leader and Basic Officer Leader Course Manager at Fort Gordon, Chief of Operations for the 1st Signal Brigade in the Republic of Korea, Battalion Operations and Executive Officer for the 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion in the Republic of Korea, Chief of Staff for the Area Support Group – Kuwait (BDE) at Camp Arifjan Kuwait, the Executive Officer to the Director of C4 and Cyber at the United States European Command (USEUCOM), and most recently as USEUCOM Joint Cyberspace Center as a Branch Chief for Cyberspace Operations.
His military education includes SOBC at Fort Gordon, Air Assault School Q-west in Iraq, Captains Career Course at Fort Gordon, Command and General Staff College at Fort Belvoir, Post-MEL 4 Interagency Fellowship, and Joint Combined Warfare School (JPME II) at the Joint Forces Staff College in Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads.
His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the Air Assault Badge, and the German Efficiency Badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Dennis Smith III
Command Sergeant Major Dennis Smith III is originally from Boston, Georgia. He enlisted in the Army in August 1992 and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson S.C. followed by Advanced Individual Training as a Single Channel Radio Operator at Fort Gordon GA.
He has served as a Radio Operator, Special Operations Communications Assemblage Senior Operator, Assistant Base Team Chief, Senior Radio Operator, Detachment Operations Base Team Chief, Squad Leader, Psychological Operations Support Element NCOIC, Section Sergeant, Special Operations Communications Sergeant, Battalion Operations S-3 NCOIC, Troop Sergeant Major, Senior Enlisted Advisor and Operations Sergeant Major. He has served with 1/501st Aviation Battalion, Yongsan, Korea; HHB 3 Corps Artillery, Fort Sill, OK; B Co, 112th Signal Battalion (SO) (A), Fort Bragg, NC; Long Range Surveillance Detachment, 125th MI Battalion, Schofield Barracks, HI; 3rd Psychological Operations Battalion (A), Fort Bragg, NC; Joint Communications Unit, Fort Bragg, NC; Theater Signal Support Company and HHC 112th Signal Battalion (SO) (A), Fort Bragg, NC. Command Sergeant Major Smith has participated in Operation PROVIDE COMFORT II, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
His military and civilian education includes; Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Course, and the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 17). Some of his other military schools include Basic Airborne Course, Static Line Jumpmaster Course, Air Assault Course, Rappel Master Course and the Special Operations Radio Operator Course. He also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Charleston West Virginia.
His awards and decorations include; Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), National Defense Service Ribbon (2d award), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 stars), Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (numeral 3), NATOISAF Medal, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and German Parachutist Badge. He has also been awarded the Bronze Order of Mercury from the United States Army Signal Regiment.