Lieutenant Colonel Jared J. Sutton grew up in Sparta Wisconsin, where he graduated from Sparta High School in 1993. He entered Army ROTC at University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse (UW-L) and attended both Viterbo University and UW-L. In 1998 he graduated from UW-L with a BS in History and Psychology and commissioned into the US Army as a Field Artillery Officer. After completing the Field Artillery Basic Course, the Army assigned Jared to the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fort Polk, Louisiana where he served as a Troop and Anti-Tank Company Fire Support Officer, Troop Executive Officer, Squadron S1, and Squadron Fire Support Officer. Following promotion to Captain and completion of the Armor Officer Advance Course, MAJ Sutton was assigned to III Corps and Fort Hood Headquarters as a Corps Fire Support Operations Officer. After a year with the Corps Headquarters, Jared was reassigned to DIVARTY, 4th Infantry Division where he served in various staff positions at the battalion and brigade level as the unit completed two deployments to Iraq and transitioned to a Fires Brigade. During his second OIF deployment, Jared had the honor to command B/2-20FA (MLRS) as they provided precision fires to MNF-I using the newly deployed Guided Multiple Launch Rocket. In 2007 the Army reassigned Jared to the 4th Cavalry Brigade at Ft Knox where he served as the Operations Officer for 1-410FA (TSB) and was responsible for planning and executing training for mobilizing National Guard and Army Reserve formations deploying to OIF. Following promotion to Major, Jared attended Intermediate Level Education at Ft Leavenworth, KS where he studied advanced military operations, strategy and leadership and completed his Master's in Adult, Occupational, and Continuing Education at Kansas State University. The Army subsequently reassigned Jared to III Corps Headquarters where he severed as a Corps Assistant Fire Support Coordinator during the transition from Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operation New Dawn. Most recently, MAJ Sutton was the Corps Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion Operations Officer and Rear Detachment Commander before being assigned to Creighton University as the Professor of Military Science. Jared is married to the former Jodi L. Brooks and they have three children: Trajan , Ian, and Shaela. Jared's awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster(OLCs), the Army Commendation Medal w/2 OLCs, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal w/3 OLC, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Meritorious Unit Citation.
Master Sergeant William Powers joined the Army in February 1997 trained in Fort Benning Georgia to be an Airborne Infantryman. He became a member of the NON-Commissioned Officers Corp in September of 2001. MSG Powers leadership positions have included Infantry Rifle Fire Team Leader, Squad Leader, Weapons Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant , First Sergeant and HHC First Sergeant. MSG Powers has led soldiers in combat from Squad Leader through First Sergeant, Deploying as Squad Leader in the Iraq invasion where his unit liberated the cities of An Najaf AL Kufah and Mosul . While serving as a Platoon Sergeant in OEF his platoon was decentralized from the company in Lash- KAR-GAH. The only Platoon to conduct missions in the largest Afghanistan offensive ?The Battle of Marjha? While serving as First Sergeant his company was the most decentralized in battalion covering operations in Maiwand, Zharay and Sha walli cot districts. MSG Powers Previous assignments have included 2/75th Ranger Regiment ,1/24 Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis Washington, 1/503D Infantry Regiment (AASLT) Camp Casey Korea. 2/502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) Fort Campbell Kentucky, 2/46 Infantry Regiment, Fort Knox Kentucky, 2-2 ID (SBCT) JBLM and currently at Creighton University where he serves as the SMSI. MSG Powers awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC) , Army Commendation Medal (V, 3OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), ) Army Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), ), National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (3 Stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War On Terror Service and Expeditionary Medals, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award) Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award) NATO Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, and the Presidential Navy Unit Citation. 1SG Powers has also been awarded the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge, The Drill Sergeant Badge, Parachutes Badge. MSG Powers military education includes the Army Drill Sergeant Course Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, and the First Sergeants Course. MSG Powers is married to the Former Lisa Borromeo of Bonney Lake WA. They have three children William age 12 Rachel age 10 and Paul who is 2.
Captain Collin Clifford McKoy was born in December 1972 and is a Florida resident. He attended Florida Memorial University in Miami, Florida on a track and soccer scholarship. After graduating in spring 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Airway Science Management he worked with bank of America for a few months before enlisting in the U.S. Army. On 1 December 1999 CPT McKoy joined the Army, went off to basic training at Fort (FT) Jackson, SC and the Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at FT Eustis, VA. CPT McKoy started his first assignment at FT Eustis with the 622 Movement Control Team (MCT), 6th BN FT Eustis, VA; Training NCO and Fuel OPS NCO at the 505th QM BN, Okinawa, Japan; Transportation NCO, 173rd SPT BN, BDE S4 NCO, 173rd BDE S4; Movements NCO, 35th CSSB, Camp Zama, Japan. CPT McKoy Then returned stateside to attend Officer Candidate School at FT Benning, GA where he received his commission as A Second Lieutenant, then Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC) at the same, followed by Officer Basic Course (OBC) at FT Eustis, VA. He then moved on to his first duty station as an officer as the SPO NCO with 100th BSB, FT Sill, OK, and Operations Officer with the 15th Transportation company, FT Sill, OK with whop his company supported 1/17th Fires BDE, and 2/18 Fires BDE. CPT McKoy then Moves on to Captain career Course at Fort Lee, VA, followed by airborne school, then Special Operations Civil Affairs pipeline at FT Bragg, NC. As a Civil Affairs (CA) officer CPT McKoy served as the 82nd CA BN activation officer and a Team Leader at C Company under the same BN. CPT McKoy has been deployed to The Philippines, Afghanistan, and Democratic Republic of Cameroon. Collin has been in the armed forces for over 16 years. He completed his MA in Procurement and Acquisitions Management with Webster University March 2016 and currently in pursuit of another MA in Higher Education with the University of Louisville, KY. CPT McKoy’s awards include Army Achievement Medal (6 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (6 OLC), Afghanistan Campaign Medal. His badges include the Parachutists Badge, and the Combat Action Badge. CPT McKoy has a slew of military education, some of which includes Advanced Negotiations, Gryphon Group, District Stability Force, Civil Information Management (CIM) level I, Combatives Level I, Joint Operational Planning and Execution System (JOPES). He is married to Alemnesh Weldeselasie from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; they have three children together, twin boys Calvin and Christian whom are seven years old and Ceselia who is now five. CPT McKoy love to play soccer and spend quality time with his family.
Captain Daniel Fritz is the son of Lyle and Noala Fritz of Verdon, NE. He is a 2003 graduate of Dawson-Verdon High School. Upon graduation Captain Fritz attended the United States Military Academy Preparatory School for one year at Fort Monmouth, NJ. He then attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. He graduated in 2008 earning a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geography, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry. After graduating from the Military Academy, Captain Fritz was assigned to Fort Benning, GA. There he attended the Basic Officers Leader Course and the Infantry Officer Basic Course achieving Commandant?s List for both courses. He then attended Ranger School, graduating on July 17th, 2009. Captain Fritz was then assigned to 4th Armor Brigade Combat Team 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, TX. There he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, and Headquarters Company Executive Officer from July 2009 to May 2012. After returning from the unit?s 12 month deployment to Iraq, Captain Fritz attended the Maneuver Captain?s Career Course. He again achieved Commandant?s list, graduating in November 2012. Captain Fritz was assigned to 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, KS, where he has served as an S1 OIC and Operations Officer from December 2012 until January 2014, at which time Captain Fritz took command of Charlie Company, 2-16 Infantry. He led Charlie Company through training and a nine month deployment to the Horn of Africa. After a successful command he was assigned as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Creighton University in Omaha, NE in August 2015. Captain Fritz?s awards include Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Iraqi Campaign Medal (1 Campaign Star), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal. His badges include the Gold German Proficiency Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Parachutists Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Ranger Tab. Other military education includes Combatives Level 1, Mechanized Leader Course, and the Unit Victim Advocate Course. Captain Fritz is married to Haley Fritz of Omaha, NE
CPT Benjamin Porath is the son of Norman and Kathleen Porath of Denton, NE. He is a 2003 graduate of Schuyler High School. CPT Porath attended Creighton university where he was commissioned as a 2LT through their Military Science ROTC department after graduation and assigned to 4th BDE, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, KS following the Infantry Officer’s initial training pipeline at Fort Benning. There he was assigned to 2-16 Infantry and served as Rifle Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and as the Battalion Scout Platoon Leader during their deployment to Bayji, Iraq. He was then assigned to Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA and served as the Assistant Operations Officer for 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade and as a Company Commander for Fierce Company, 52nd Infantry, the anti-tank company in 4-2 SBCT during their deployment to Panjwa’i, Afghanistan. CPT Porath was then assigned to Creighton University to serve as Assistant Professor of Military Science. CPT Porath has a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s of Fine Arts in English. CPT Porath’s awards include the Bronze Star (1 OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Iraqi Campaign Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. His badges include the Parachutist’s Badge, the Ranger Tab and the Expert Infantryman’s Badge. His military education includes Infantry Officer Basic Course, Ranger School, Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leader’s Course, and the Maneuver Captain’s Career Course. He is married to the former Kimberly Rottenberg of Red Bluff, CA. They have a two-year old son, Levi, and two Labradors, Biscuit and Reba.
Sergeant First Class David Reyes joined the Army in August 2004 and completed Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma to become a Multiple Launch Rocket System Artilleryman. His leadership positions have included Route Clearance Team Leader/Squad Leader, HIMARS Gunner, HIMARS Section Chief, Ammunition Section Chief, Support Platoon Sergeant, and HIMARS Fires Platoon Sergeant. He has led Soldiers during multiple combat deployments during his career. His first being Iraq in 07-08 serving as a Radar Operator NCO and Convoy Security Gunner. He then deployed to Afghanistan in 09-10 as a Route Clearance Team Leader and Truck Commander in support of Regional Command South. SFC Reyes led his team on over 100 Route clearance patrols interrogating and destroying any IEDs/UXOs found on coalition used routes. He has also deployed to Camp Buehring Kuwait as a HIMARS Section Chief and Camp Redleg United Arab Emirates as a HIMARS Fires Platoon Sergeant. SFC Reyes has served in the following assignments: MLRS Driver/Gunner, 1-33 Field Artillery Battalion Bamberg, Germany; MLRS Gunner, 2-4 Field Artillery Battalion Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Radar Operator, H 26 Field Artillery Fort Sill, Oklahoma; HIMARS Section Chief, 1-14 Field Artillery Battalion Fort Sill, Oklahoma; HIMARS Support and Fires Platoon Sergeant, 5-3 Field Artillery Battalion Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Currently at Creighton University where he serves as the S3 NCOIC and Military Science Instructor. SFC Reyes military education include Air Assault Course, Combatives Level 1, Basic Leaders Course (Commandants List), Advanced Leaders Course (Distinguished Honor Graduate), and the Senior Leaders Course (Commandants List). SFC Reyes awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (1 Stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 Stars), Global War On Terror Service and Expeditionary Medals, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th Award), NATO Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, and the Valorous Unit Citation. SFC Reyes has also been awarded the Combat Action Badge and Air Assault Badge. SFC Reyes is married to the former Anna-Maria Wuensche of Bamberg, Germany.
SSG Daniel Albers joined the Army in June 2004. He attended Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina to become a Human Resources Specialist. He became a member of the Non-Commissioned Officer Corps in April 2011. SSG Albers? leadership positions have included Squadron S1 NCOIC, Essential Personnel Services NCOIC, Senior Human Resources Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant and Squad Leader. SSG Albers deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and to Afghanistan is support of Operation Enduring Freedom. SSG Albers? previous assignments have included HHB USAFATC, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 111th AG Co (Postal), Vilseck, Germany, USAE HQ Strategic Command, Offutt Airforce Base, Nebraska, HHC, 2-2 Assault Helicopter Battalion, South Korea, HHC Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Riley, Kansas, 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment Air, Fort Riley, Kansas and currently at Creighton University as a Human Resources Sergeant. SSG Albers? awards and decorations include: the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), the Joint Service Achievement Medal (1OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (3OLC), the Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Star), the Iraqi Campaign Medal (2 Stars), the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (2nd Award), the Overseas Service Medal (4th Award), the NATO Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal (1OLC). SSG Albers military education includes the Warrior Leaders Course, Advance Leaders Course, and the Battle Staff Non-commissioned Officers Course. SSG Albers is married to the former Nicole West and they have 4 children.
Mr. Michael Valery (Master Sergeant, United States Army Retired) is a native of Baton Rouge, LA. He enlisted in the Army in 1981. He attended Basic Combat Training at Ft. Jackson, SC and Military Occupational Specialty Training (MOS) at Ft. Lee, VA. Upon completion of training, he was awarded the MOS 76C, now 92A, Automated Logistical Specialist. Military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 Awards), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (8 Awards), Army Lapel Button, Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (5 Awards), National Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbon With Numeral 2, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th Award) and the Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver-Bar. Mr. Valery’s military schools and courses include Automated Logistical Specialist Advanced Course, Physical Security Basic Course, Unit Level Logistical System Course, Company Trainers Course, ATRRS Basic Operator Course, USAR Logistics Management Course, Unit Supply Specialist Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, and Primary Leadership Development Course.