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LTC Cole Pinheiro

Battalion Commander


Lieutenant Colonel Cole Pinheiro was born in 1982 and was raised in Tehachapi, California. He commissioned as an Armor officer from the United States Military Academy in 2004.

Lieutenant Colonel Pinheiro completed the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Knox, KY, and served in 3d Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment as a Tank Platoon Leader, Troop Executive Officer, and Squadron Planner.  Following the Maneuver Captains Career Course, LTC Pinheiro served in 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 4th Infantry Division as a Planner and Tank Company Commander. Afterwards, he served as an Assistant Professor of International Relations in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. LTC Pinheiro was the Battalion Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer in 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment.  He then served as the Brigade Executive Officer for 2d Brigade, 1st Armored Division. LTC Pinheiro last served as the Movement and Maneuver Chief in the Mission Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth, KS. He has deployed to multiple countries in CENTCOM and EUCOM in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Spartan Shield, and Operation Atlantic Resolve. 

LTC Pinheiro holds a Master of Arts in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the United States Military Academy.

LTC Pinheiro is a graduate of the Armor Officer Basic Course, Maneuver Captain Career Course, Cavalry Leader’s Course, and Command & General Staff Officers College.  His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3), Meritorious Service Medal (5), Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal (3), Valorous Unit Award (3), Meritorious Unit Commendation (1), Army Superior Unit Award (1), National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 3 campaign stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian service medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 4), NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.    




CSM Gregory M. Swayer

Battalion Command Sergeant Major


Command Sergeant Major Gregory M. Swayer is a native of Orleans, Indiana entered the United States Army in July of 2003.


He completed One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Knox, Kentucky where he was awarded the MOS 19D, Cavalry Scout. 


CSM Swayer’s duty positions include: Scout Driver, Cavalry Fighting Vehicle Gunner, Squad Leader, Section Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Drill Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Senior Military Science Instructor, and Operations Sergeant Major. His stateside assignments include Fort Polk, Louisiana: Fort Knox, Kentucky: Fort Campbell, Kentucky: Fort Moore, Georgia: Fort Bliss, Texas: and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His overseas assignments include Korea. He has deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Djibouti, and Kuwait for combat and peacekeeping operations. 


CSM Swayer’s is a graduate of the Basic Leaders Course (BLC), Advanced Leaders Course (ALC), Senior Leader Course (SLC), Sergeants Major Course (SMC), Air Assault Course, Pathfinder, Drill Sergeant School, Tactical Certification Course, Army Reconnaissance Course, Cavalry Leaders Course, Master Educator Course, Common Faculty Development-Instructor Course, Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps Pre-Command Course, Battle Staff Course, and Combatives Level 1. CSM Swayer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Leadership and Workforce Development, and a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration.


CSM Swayer’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, the Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), the Army Achievement Medal (4th Award), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign medial, Iraq Campaign medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, NCOPD Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Drill Sergeants badge, Pathfinder Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. He is also a member of the Order of St. George.