LTC James Braudis

Battalion Commander

Lieutenant Colonel James Braudis is originally from Mobile, AL, and was commissioned as an Armor Officer from the University of South Alabama in 2005.

His previous assignments include Tank Platoon Leader, Distribution Platoon Leader, and Company Executive Officer in 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry at Ft. Bliss, TX; Troop and Headquarters and Headquarters Troop Commander in 6th Squadron, 1st Cavalry at Ft. Bliss, TX; Strategic Planner in Joint Staff J-7; Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief of Staff G-8, Headquarters Department of the Army; G-35 Planner in 1st Infantry Division; Battalion Executive Officer in 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor; Brigade Executive Officer 1st ABCT, 1 ID at Fort Riley, KS; Robotics Branch Chief, Army Futures Command, Ft. Eustis, VA where he was also selected to serve on the 40th Chief of Staff’s transition team in Crystal City, VA. His most recent assignment was the National Training Center (NTC) Fort Irwin, CA where he served as a Battalion S3 trainer (Scorpion 03), Brigade XO trainer (Bronco 02), and the Senior Live Fire Trainer (Dragon 07). He has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; Operation Inherent Resolve; and the Korea Rotational Force.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (Silver OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (1OLC), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault 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 Air Assault Course. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Alabama, and a Master of Policy Management from Georgetown University.




CSM Samuel J. Alter

Battalion Command Sergeant Major


CSM Samuel J. Alter is originally from Florence, CO. He enlisted in the United States Army in August 2001.  He attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Knox, KY where he was awarded the Military Occupation Specialty of Calvary Scout (19D).

CSM Alter’s assignments and duty positions include: HHC 1st BN 4th Infantry Regiment, DIV Recon Platoon Hohenfels, Germany (Dismounted Scout), C Troop 2nd Squadron 9th Cavalry Regiment Ft. Carson, CO (Team Leader), A Troop 6th Squadron 4th Cavalry Regiment Ft. Hood, TX (Section Leader), HHC Garrison Ft. Hood, TX (Section Sergeant/ In-processing NCO), D Company 2nd Battalion 13th Infantry Regiment Ft. Jackson, SC (Drill Sergeant/ Senior Drill Sergeant), Fitness Training Unit 120th AG Battalion Ft. Jackson, SC (Senior Drill Sergeant), B Troop 1st Squadron 75th Cavalry Regiment Ft Campbell, KY (Platoon Sergeant/ First Sergeant), The Sabalauski Air Assault School 101st Airborne Division (First Sergeant), Indiana University of Pennsylvania ROTC Pennsylvania (Senior Military Science Instructor SMSI), Sergeant Majors Academy Class 71, Fort Bliss, TX, and most recently 1st Battalion 4th Infantry Regiment, Hohenfels, Germany (Operations Sergeant Major).

CSM Alter’s deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom 2005-2006 (OIF III); Operation Enduring Freedom 2008-2009 (OEF); Operation Inherent Resolve 2016-2017 (OIR).

CSM Alter’s military and civilian education includes Combat Life Savers Course, Basic Leaders Course, Advance Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Sergeant Majors Academy, Drill Sergeant School, Master Resilience Trainer Course, Army Sexual Harassment/ Assault Response Program, Armor Reconnaissance Course, Joint Fire Powers Course, Commander and First Sergeants Course, Battalion Pre-Command Course, Air Assault School, Rappel Master Course and Army Pathfinder School. CSM Alter also has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Leadership and Workforce Development from US Army Command & General Staff College, and he is continuing his education in Safety Science and Occupational Health.

CSM Alter’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal ( 4 OLC), Army Commendation Medal with Valor;  Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 campaign star), Iraqi Campaign Medal (2 campaign stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 5, Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon numeral 5; NATO Medal, Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal. His badges include Drill Sergeant Badge, Combat Action Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Driver Badge (wheeled vehicle), and Expert Marksmanship Badge, and the German Schutzenschnur Foreign Marksmanship Badge (Silver). He is also a recipient of the United States Cavalry and Armor Association Order of Saint George Bronze Medallion.