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LTC Stoney Portis

Battalion Commander

Lieutenant Colonel Stoney Portis is originally from Lockhart, TX and was commissioned as an Armor Officer from the United States Military Academy in 2004.

His previous assignments include Scout Platoon Leader, Troop Executive Officer, and Squadron S-1 in 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry at Ft. Hood, TX; Battalion Planner in 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division and Troop Commander in 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry at Ft. Carson, CO; Battalion Executive Officer in 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry at Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA; and Instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. He has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; Operation Enduring Freedom; Pacific Pathways to Thailand, South Korea, and the Philippines; and the Korea Rotational Force.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), Valorous Unit Award (1OLC), Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, and Parachutist Badge.

His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Maneuver Captains Career Course, and Command and General Staff College, as well as the Basic Airborne Course and Master Fitness Trainer Course. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Military Art and Science from the Command and General Staff College, a Master of Arts from Dartmouth College, and a PhD from Duke University.

 

 

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CSM Andrew P. O'Dell

Battalion Command Sergeant Major

CSM Andrew P. O’Dell, a native of Alexandria, Alabama, enlisted in the Army on 26 June 2000, and attended One Station Unit Training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky as a 19D (Cavalry Scout). CSM O’Dell has served in every leadership position from Bradley Gunner to Battalion Command Sergeant Major.

His stateside assignments include 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry, Ft. Hood, Texas; 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry, Fort Bliss, Texas; 162nd Infantry Brigade, Ft. Polk, Louisiana; 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, Headquarters 1 ABCT, 1st Cavalry Division, and 3rd Squadron, 3rd SFAB, Ft. Hood Texas .  His deployments include Iraq (three tours), a RAF deployment to Korea, and a RAF deployment to Poland in support of Atlantic Resolve.

CSM O’Dell’s military and civilian education includes all levels of NCOPDS from the Primary Leadership Development Course to the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 70. He is also a graduate of the Battle Staff NCO Course, Army Basic Instructors Course, Observer Coach Trainer Course, Common Faculty Development Instructors Course, Air Assault Course, and the Combat Advisor Training Course.  He holds a Bachelors in Leadership and Workforce Development from the Commanding Generals Staff College.  

CSM O’Dell’s awards and decorations include most notably the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (7 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Bronze Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 5), the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 5), the Combat Action Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold), and the Drivers Badge (Wheel & Track). CSM O’Dell has also received the coveted Order of Saint George (Bronze Medallion), the Order of Saint Barbara, and is a recipient of the Cavalry and Armor Leadership Award.