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LTC Melissa L. Hoaglin

DSTB Commander

Lt. Col. Melissa L. Hoaglin was born in Maple Grove, Minnesota. She spent her youth moving throughout the central U.S., and concluded her formative years just outside of Chicago, Illinois, where she won the city-wide Golden Gloves Flyweight Championship in 1996.
 
Hoaglin began her military career in 2000, enlisting into the U.S. Army Signal Corps and was assigned to 51st Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade (Airborne), at Fort Bragg (known as Fort Liberty since 2023), North Carolina. She then transitioned to the Army Officer Corps via the Green to Gold and the Reserve Officer Training Corps programs, graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Campbell University and commissioning as an Adjutant General Corps Officer. Hoaglin has served in a variety of assignments, to include: Battalion S-1 at 82nd Personnel Service Battalion, at Fort Bragg; Plans and Personnel Officer, Deputy G-1 and Strength Manager for Division G-1 at 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg; Chief Strength Manpower Division for Combined Joint Task Force-82, Regional Command East at Bagram, Aghanistan; Chief Enlisted Strength Management Branch for G-1 at U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg; Commander of Alpha Company, Special Troops Battalion, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg; Brigade S-1 for 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, at Fort Bragg; Chief of Human Resource Operations Cell and Deputy G-1 at 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado; J-1 Director for Joint Interagency Task Force National Capital Region in Washington, D.C., and was most recently assigned as the Professor of Military Science at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Minneapolis.
 
Her civilian and military education includes completion of the Adjutant General Basic Officer Leaders Course, Adjutant General Captains Career Course, Advanced Airborne Jumpmaster School, and Command and General Staff College. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Campbell University and a master's degree in human resources management from Webster University.
 
Her awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Star devices, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Service Medal, Basic Parachutist Badge, Meritorious Unit Citation, the Basic Army Instructor Badge, the Special Operations Support Skill Identifier, and Canadian, Chilean, and German Basic Parachutist Badges.

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CSM Malachi L. Thornton

DSTB Command Sergeant Major

Command Sgt. Maj. Malachi L. Thornton was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He entered the U.S. Army in August 1998 after earning his high school diploma from Arsenal Technical High School. Thornton attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee (known as Fort Gregg-Adams since 2023), Virginia, earning the Military Occupational Specialty Unit Supply Specialist.

 

Thornton’s assignments include: battalion supply clerk, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 82nd Aviation (Attack), Fort Bragg (known as Fort Liberty since 2023), North Carolina; supply sergeant for B. and E, Company, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, Fort Knox, Kentucky; property book office Noncommissioned Officer, Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Exploitation), Camp Humphreys, Korea; supply sergeant, 59th Mobility Augmentation Company Route Clearance, battalion S4 Noncommissioned Officer-in-charge, 20th Engineer Battalion, Fort Hood (known as Fort Cavazos since 2023), Texas; battalion S4 NCOIC, 787th Military Police Battalion, brigade S4 NCOIC, 14th Military Police Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, brigade S4 NCOIC, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, battalion S4 NCOIC, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, first sergeant, F. Forward Support Company, 1st Battalion 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Bragg; operations sergeant, 1st Group Support Battalion, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Thornton’s served most recently as the G4 sergeant major of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.

Thornton’s military and civilian education include the combat lifesaver course, field sanitation course, contracting officer representative course, property book unit supply enhanced course, combatives level one, airborne school, primary leadership development course (Commandant’s List & Leadership Award winner), basic noncommissioned officer course (Commandant’s List & Lead Motivator), advanced noncommissioned officer course (Distinguished Honor Graduate), commander’s and first sergeant’s course, jumpmaster course, master resiliency course and the U.S. Army sergeant’s major academy. He has also earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College.

Thornton’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with “C” Device, the Army Commendation Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal with three Silver Loops, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Development Ribbon with numeral 5 device, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Master Parachutist Badge, and the Combat Action Badge. He is also a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, a distinguished member of the Order of Saint Martin, and an honorable member of the Order of Saint Barbra.