COL Will Shoemate

COL Will Shoemate enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Combat Engineer. Following his assignment to the 43rd Combat Engineer Company, 2-3 ACR, COL Shoemate was selected for Officer Candidate School. After commissioning through Officer Candidate School, COL Shoemate served in the 44th Engineer Battalion, Camp Howze, Korea. Upon successfully completing his first assignment, COL Shoemate attended the Engineer Captains Career Course (ECCC) and returned to Korea where he served in the 2d Engineer Battalion, Camp Essayons, Korea as the Battalion Maintenance Officer. COL Shoemate then assumed Command of the Headquarters Company, 2d Infantry Division. Following command, COL Shoemate was assessed and selected for assignment within the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG), Fort Meade, MD. 
While assigned to AWG, COL Shoemate was the Group Engineer and Company Commander Headquarters Company. COL Shoemate then volunteered for assignment to the 130th Engineer Brigade and deployed to Mosul, Iraq as the Brigade’s Chief of Operations. Following this assignment, COL Shoemate attended the U.S Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC). Following CGSC, COL Shoemate returned to the Asymmetric Warfare Group were served as the Group Plans Chief, Squadron S-3, and Troop Commander. COL Shoemate was then selected to serve as the National Training Center's Observer/Coach-Trainer (OC/T). COL Shoemate served the Brigade Plans and Engineer OC/T during this assignment. COL Shoemate was then selected as a Military Fellow for the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group. Following his fellowship, COL Shoemate returned to AWG and served as the Group S-3 and Group Deputy Commander. COL Shoemate was then selected to command the 9th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2/3 ABCT from June 2018 – June 2020. Following his command with the 9th BEB, COL Shoemate was chosen for a second battalion and assumed command of the 5th Battalion, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade in December 2020. COL Shoemate completed command of the 5th Battalion, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade in June 2022.  Following command, COL Shoemate attended senior service college.  
COL Shoemate has executed multiple operational deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Qatar. His most recent deployments were in support of Defender 20 and the Security Force Assistance Task Force Command for SFA-Honduras. COL Shoemate holds a master's degree in military studies from Command and General Staff College and a master's in strategic studies from the Army War College. COL Shoemate holds professional project management certification from Stanford University.



Command Sergeant Major

CSM Jerry Higley



Command Sergeant Major Jerry Higley entered the Army in 1996 out of Largo, Florida, and attended Infantry Basic Training and Advanced Infantry Training (AIT) at Fort Benning, Georgia.


He has served in every position from Rifleman to Brigade Command Sergeant Major. His previous units include 1-325 Airborne Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, NC; 1-87 Infantry, and 3-71 CAV, Fort Drum, NY; 2-2 Infantry, Fort Knox, KY; 1-501st Airborne, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), AK; 3-67 Armor, and 3-15 Infantry, Fort Stewart, GA; 2nd Battalion, 4th SFAB, and 1st Stryker Brigade, Fort Carson, CO. Additionally, he has served as a Ranger Instructor with the 4th Ranger Training Brigade (RTB), Fort Benning, GA, and as the Ranger Branch Manager with Human Resources Command (HRC), Fort Knox, KY.


Command Sergeant Major Higley has served as a Squad Leader, Scout Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and First Sergeant during four tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Additionally, he served one tour in support of the Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai, Egypt.


He has earned two Bronze Stars, one Legion of Merit, seven Meritorious Service Medals, six Army Commendation Medals, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Master Parachutist Badge. He is a graduate of the following military courses, Ranger, Sapper, Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course, Jump Master, Airborne, Air Assault, and every level of the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development System. He has earned an Associate’s Degree from Excelsior College in Administration and Management.