LTC Pancho Perez
LTC Alex Perez-Cruz is a military brat from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and grew up in El Paso, Texas where his father was an Air Defense Artillery Sergeant Major. He entered the Army as a Medic in 1994. Having been awarded an Army ROTC scholarship, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from Stephen F. Austin State University and was commissioned as an Armor officer. LTC Perez’s first assignments were as a Tank Platoon Leader, Tank Company Executive Officer, and Battalion Maintenance Officer in the 2nd Battalion 69th Armor, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. LTC Perez deployed C Company to Kuwait for Operation Desert Spring from March to September 2002. In January 2003, the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor returned to Kuwait, and in March 2003, was part of the invasion of Iraq by the 3rd Infantry Division.
Following graduation of the Infantry Captain’s Career Course in December 2004, LTC Perez was once again reassigned to the 3 Infantry Division deploying as the Task Force 2-69 Security Forces Training Team Executive Officer in Diyala Provence, Iraq training and conducting operation with an Iraqi Army Infantry Battalion. He commanded D Company “Death Dealers” for 27 months, spending 14 months in Eastern Baghdad during the 2007-2008 “Surge.” Following company command, LTC Perez was assigned to the US Army Armor School in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and served as the Battalion S3 and Executive Officer of 1st Battalion 46th Infantry Regiment (Basic Combat Training) and the S3 and Executive Officer of 2nd Battalion 81st Armor Regiment (Abrams Tank Crewmen One Station Unit Training), 194th Armored Brigade.
LTC Perez was selected to attend Spanish Language Command and General Staff College at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in Fort Benning, Georgia. Upon graduation he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado where he served as an Afghan Army and National Police Security Forces Assistance Training Team Chief and then as the Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition Squadron S3, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment in the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team deploying to Eastern and Southern Afghanistan. LTC Perez was then selected to attend the Advanced Military Studies Program. Upon Graduating he was assigned to United States Army North (5th Army) and immediately selected to serve as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General concluding his tour as the Theater (North America) Security Cooperation Plans Chief, G59. LTC Perez was then selected an U.S. Army Fellow at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Policy where he was a senior policy strategist for the Assistant Secretary for Strategy, Plans, Analysis, and Risk. LTC Perez most recently served as the 3rd Infantry Division ACofS G5.
LTC Perez hold a Masters of Art in International Relations from Webster University and Masters of Military Arts and Science in Theater Operations from the School of Advanced Military Studies. He is a graduate of the Advanced Military Studies Program, Command and General Staff College at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Airborne School, Armor Officer’s Basic Course, and Infantry Captain’s Career Course.
CSM Michael Hall
Battalion Command Sergeant Major
Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Michael D. Hall is a native of Grand Junction, Colorado. He enlisted in the Army in May of 2000 and attended OSUT (One Station Unit Training) at Fort Benning, Georgia to become an Infantryman.
During his career, Hall served as a Senior Military Instructor (SMI), Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Company First Sergeant, Battalion Operations Sergeant Major, Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade First Sergeant, Rifle Company First Sergeant, Scout Platoon Sergeant, Rifle Company Platoon Sergeant, Squad Leader/Section Leader, Team Leader, M2 Gunner, and Rifleman.
In addition to four tours in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, Hall deployed to Kosovo in support of the Kosovo Force, executed a tour in Korea, and most recently deployed in support of Operation Spartan Shield (OSS) in the country of Kuwait.
Hall has been assigned to the following units: East Carolina University (ROTC) in Greenville, North Carolina; 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team and 1st Battalion 28th Infantry at Fort Riley, Kansas; 4th Airborne and Ranger Training Battalion in Fort Benning, Georgia; 1-505 Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Operations Group at Fort Polk, Louisiana; 1-503rd Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) at the ROK; and 1-325 Airborne Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Hall’s military and civilian education include: the US Army Ranger School, Jumpmaster School, Pathfinder School, Airborne School, Senior Leader Course (SLC), Advanced Leader Course (ALC), Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC), Battle Staff Course and he is graduate of class 68 of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. Hall holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.
Hall’s awards include: The Bronze Star with Valor for his leadership in the Faryab Province of Afghanistan. The Bronze Star Medal (3rd Award), Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award), Army Accommodation Medal (7th Award), Army Achievement Medal (4rd Award), Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal (Bronze Service Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 Bronze Service Star), Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Bronze Service Star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (5th Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), NATO Medal, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the prestigious Order of Saint Maurice (Centurion).