Battalion Commander                      LTC Kris Gardner

Lieutenant Colonel Kris Gardner is from Brookings, South Dakota.  He earned his commission from South Dakota State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics in 2003. He also holds a Master of Arts in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University.
 Lieutenant Colonel Gardner’s military education includes the Military Police Officer Basic and Captains Career courses, German Command and General Staff College in Hamburg, Germany, Law Enforcement Senior Leaders Course, Master Resilience Trainer Course, and the Basic Instructor Course.
 Lieutenant Colonel Gardner’s previous assignments include: Platoon Leader, HHC 2STB, Fort Hood, Texas and included a deployment to MND-B, Iraq; S2/S3, 53rd Movement Control Battalion, Fort Eustis, Virginia and included a deployment to RC East in support of the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) during Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan; Commander, 221st MP DET, Fort Eustis, VA; Aide-de-camp, Chief of Transportation, Fort Eustis, VA; MP BOLC Small Group Leader, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Security Force Assistance Team Advisor, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany and included a deployment to RC South in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan; Battalion S3, 716th MP Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Battalion Executive Officer, 716th MP Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Commander, Task Force Justice, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Chief, MP BOLC, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Division Provost Marshal, 3ID, Fort Stewart.
Lieutenant Colonel Gardner’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (1OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the coveted Air Assault Badge.  Unit awards include the Meritorious Unit Citation.

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Command Sergeant Major             CSM David Astorga, III

CSM David Astorga, III was born in Monterey Park, California and entered the military on August 5th, 1998, completing Military Police (MP) One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort McClellan, Alabama.
CSM Astorga has served in a variety of positions including MP Gunner, Driver, Special Reaction Team (SRT) Member and Marksman/Observer (M/O), Team Leader, Squad Leader, Military Police Investigations (MPI) NCOIC, CID Special Agent, Evidence Custodian, Detachment (DET) Sergeant, Battalion (BN) Evidence Program Manager, BN Operations NCO, Assistant Inspector General NCO, CID BN First Sergeant, DES SGM, Brigade (BDE) S3 SGM, and served as the U.S. Army Europe and Africa (USAREUR-AF) Office of the Provost Marshal SGM at Clay Kaserne, Wiesbaden, Germany.
His unit assignments include 188th MP Company, Taegu, Korea; 252nd MP DET, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; 280th Base Support BN, Schweinfurt, Germany; 286th MP DET (CID), Schweinfurt, Germany; 41st MP DET (CID), Fort Irwin, CA; 22nd MP BN (CID)(FWD) Baghdad, Iraq; U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command Office of the Inspector General, Quantico, VA; and Washington CID BN, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, VA. After his time at U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, he was assigned to USAG West Point, NY; 3D MP Group (CID), Hunter Army Airfield, GA; and USAREUR-AF, Wiesbaden, Germany.  He has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Baghdad, Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom, Bagram, Afghanistan.
CSM Astorga’s military education includes MP OSUT, Primary Leadership Development Course, MP Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, CID Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, SRT Training Phase I Course, SRT M/O Phase II Course, MPI Course, Protective Services / Antiterrorism Evasive Driving Course – Staff Driver Course, Domestic Violence Intervention Training Course, Apprentice CID Special Agent Course, Advanced Crime Scene Investigative Techniques Course, Special Agent Laboratory Training Course, Evidence Management Certification Course, Hostage Negotiations – Phase I and II Courses, Child Abuse Prevention and Investigative Techniques Course, Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation Course, Advanced Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation Course, The Inspector General Course, Critical Incident Peer Support Course, and the Master Resiliency Course.  CSM Astorga is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 68) and the Exhibits Officer Course at Scotland Yard Academy. His civilian education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College with plans to begin a Master’s Degree in Apologetics from Liberty University.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Unit Commendation, Meritorious Service Medal (4OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), Army Achievement Medal (Silver OLC), Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1CS), Iraq Campaign Medal (1CS), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 5), Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), NATO ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) Ribbon, Wheeled Vehicle Drivers Badge and CID Combat Service Identification Badge.  He is also a recipient of the prestigious MP “Order of the Marechaussee” (Bronze) and Honorary Member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.