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DIVARTY Commander

COL Shawn M. Bault

COL Shawn M. Bault received his commission in the Field Artillery from the United States Military Academy (USMA) in 1999. His first assignment was in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Following the terrorist attacks of 9-11, COL Bault served as the 120mm Mortar Platoon Leader for Task Force 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom I in Afghanistan.After returning from Afghanistan in December 2002, he deployed again in August 2003, serving as the Battalion Fire Direction Officer for Task Force 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I in Iraq.

 

            Upon completion of the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, COL Bault remained at Fort Sill and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment from 2004 to 2006, where he served as the Commander of Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, deploying to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07. Upon redeployment, COL Bault attended graduate school at Texas A&M University followed by a teaching assignment at USMA from 2008-2010.    

After attending the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) and School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, COL Bault was assigned to the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. Initially, he served as the lead planner in G5 Plans, responsible for the establishment of Central Command Forward – Jordan in 2012 in support of Operation Spartan Shield. Next, he was assigned to 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, where he served as the Battalion S3 for 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom XIV. While deployed, COL Bault was reassigned to Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, serving as the lead Somalia planner in the CJ5 Plans for 13 months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom XIV. Following Africa, COL Bault was reassigned to the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas, and served as the G5 Chief of Plans. In 2016, the headquarters deployed to Iraq, and he served as the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve Deputy J5 and Executive Officer to the Commanding General. After redeploying from Iraq, COL Bault commanded 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry at Fort Benning, Georgia, from 2017-2019. Following command, he served for two years in the Pentagon as the 37th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army’s Initiatives Group Director and six months as his Executive Officer. After a year at the National War College, COL Bault returned to the Pentagon to serve as Chief of Staff for the Chief of Army Public Affairs.

 

COL Bault’s military education includes the National War College, SAMS, CGSC, Joint Firepower Control Course, Air Assault School, and Advanced Airborne School. His civilian education includes a bachelor’s degree in history from USMA and a master’s degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M University. His decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Assault Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, and Combat Action Badge.

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DIVARTY Command Sergeant Major

CSM Brandon B. Rudder

 

CSM Brandon B. Rudder is a native of Columbus, Ohio. He entered the Army on May 3, 2003 and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He has served in numerous positions to include Forward Observer, Company and Battalion Fire Support NCO, Regimental Targeting NCO, Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), JTAC Instructor/Examiner/Program Manager, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Division Fires Operations Sergeant Major, and a Battalion Command Sergeant Major.

 

CSM Rudder’s assignments include 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; 75th Ranger Regiment Headquarters; 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division; 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division; Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division; Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division and 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. CSM Rudder has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of numerous combat operations and has completed one rotation in support of Operation European Assure, Deter, and Reinforce.   

 

CSM Rudder’s military education includes Airborne School, Ranger Indoctrination Program,  Ranger First Responder, STRYKER maintenance repair Course, Ranger School, Basic Leader Course, Special Operations Terminal Attack Controllers Course, SERE, Combat Life Saver, Advanced Leader Course, SHARP Course, Precision Fires Target Mensuration Course, Precision Fires Collateral Damage Course, Precision Fires Weaponeering Course, Senior Leader Course, Jumpmaster School, Joint Firepower Course, Air Assault School, Company Commanders/First Sergeants Course, Common Faculty Development Instructor Course, Sergeants Major Academy, Battalion Pre-Command Course, and the Sergeant Major Assessment Program. CSM Rudder graduated from the United States Army Command and General Staff College with a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Workforce Development.  

 

CSM Rudder’s awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Air Force Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 6 campaign stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with 4 campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCOPD Medal (w/ Numeral 5), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3 OLC), NATO Medal, Ranger Tab, Combat Action Badge, Expert Soldier Badge, Air Assault Badge and Senior Parachutist Badge. CSM Rudder is a recipient of the Order of Saint Barbara.