LTC Alexander D. Samms

Battalion Commander

LTC Alexander Samms graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2003. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
LTC Samms’ previous assignments include Platoon Leader and Executive Officer of 173rd Combat Support Company, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and Deputy Director of Public Works in Doha, Qatar. He commanded Alpha Company, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. He was the Engineer Organizational Integrator at FORSCOM HQ; Division Engineer Operations Officer at 1st Cavalry Division. LTC Samms served as the Operations Officer and Executive Officer for 91st Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. His previous assignment was at Norfolk District, US Army Corps of Engineers as the Deputy District Commander.
His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Engineer Captain’s Career Course, Airborne, Jumpmaster, Sapper Course, Ranger Course, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
LTC Samms’ awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, Mechanical Engineer Professional Engineer certification, Professional Management Professional certification, Bronze Order of the DeFluery Medal and other awards and decorations



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CSM Matthew C. Dalton

Battalion Command Sergeant Major

CSM Matthew C. Dalton is a native of Western New York and enlisted in the United States Army at Fort Leonard Wood, MO in July 1996 as a 12B, Combat Engineer.

 CSM Dalton’s assignment include the 1st Engineer Battalion, Fort Riley, KS; 11th Engineer Battalion and 3rd Battalion 7th Infantry Regiment, Fort Stewart, GA; 2nd Battalion 10th Infantry Regiment, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Operations Group, Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany; 7th Engineer Battalion, Fort Drum, NY; Operations Group, Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, LA; 46th Engineer Battalion, Fort Polk, LA; The College of William & Mary ROTC, Williamsburg, VA; NCOLCoE, Fort Bliss, TX. Most recently CSM Dalton served as the Operations Sergeant Major in the 555th Engineer Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.

CSM Dalton has held numerous positions throughout his career including Team Leader, Squad Leader, Drill Sergeant, Engineer Platoon OC/T, Engineer Company OC/T, Battalion Operations OC/T, Task Force Operations Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Senior Military Instructor, and Operations Sergeant Major. CSM Dalton is a graduate of all levels of NCOES including Sergeants Major Academy Class 69, Drill Sergeant School and the Sapper Leader Course. CSM Dalton has completed deployments to Kosovo, South Korea, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. CSM Dalton holds a bachelor’s degree in Leadership & Management (summa cum laude) and a master’s degree in homeland Security (summa cum laude).

CSM Dalton’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal with “V” device, Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (6 OLC), Bronze Order of de’Fleury Medal, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Combat Action Badge, Drivers Badge (wheeled and tracked), Instructor Badge, and the Sapper Tab.