Command Group


COL Zemp
Fort Wainwright Garrison Commander


Colonel Sidney C. "Cape" Zempis a native of Hampton Roads, Virginia. He was commissioned as an Armor Officer through the Reserve Officer Training Program at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia in 1989.

Colonel Zemp's most recent operational assignment before being assigned to Fort Wainwright, Alaska was the Assistant Chief of Staff, G1 of the US Army Intelligence and Security Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He also served as the Division G1 of the 1st Armored Division, Baghdad and Wiesbaden, Germany in OPERATIONS IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN; Battalion Executive Officer and Battalion S-3 of the 82nd Soldier Support Battalion (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division; Corps Strength Manager, XVIII Airborne Corps in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM; Company Commander, C Det, 82nd Soldier Support Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division; Chief, G1 Plans and Operations, 82nd Airborne Division; Officer Strength Manager, 1st Corps Support Command (Airborne); Tank Platoon Leader and then Battalion S1 of 2nd Battalion, 67th Armor, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg Germany; and Tank Platoon Leader, A Company, 4th Battalion, 32nd Armor, 3rd Armored Division in OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD and STORM.

His other staff assignments include: Chief, Officer Selection Board Policy, DCS G1, the Pentagon; Professor of Military Science at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Deputy, U.S. National Military Representative to SHAPE, Mons, Belgium; J1 Plans Officer, USEUCOM, Stuttgart, Germany; Chief, DA Secretariat and Board Recorder of the US Army Senior Enlisted Selection Boards, US Army Enlisted Records and Evaluation Center, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Colonel Zemp holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science from Christopher Newport University. He is a graduate of the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy with a Master's of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy. He also holds a Master's of Arts Degree in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma. His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Adjutant General Advanced Course, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with "V" Device and three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (with One Oak Leaf Cluster), the Joint Staff Identification Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge and the British Army Parachutist Badge.

Colonel Zemp is married and has three children.



Command Sergeant Major Perkins
Fort Wainwright Garrison Command Sergeant Major


Command Sergeant Major David L. Perkins entered military service in March 1983 as Military Police in the Army Reserve with Basic Training and AIT at Fort McClellan, Alabama. In June 1986, he enlisted in the active army as a Utility Helicopter repairman, 67N1O, and graduated AIT as the Distinguished Honor Graduate at Fort Rucker, Alabama.

His duty assignments include 78th Aviation Battalion Camp Zama, Japan where he served as a phase team member, crew chief, and phase team leader. During that time he was promoted to Sergeant and completed PLDC at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. At Fort Eustis, Virginia, he was assigned to the Maintenance Test Pilot (MTP) Course Flight Detachment and later Flight Concepts Division. During this tour, he completed BNCOC, ANCOC, and the Aviation Life Support Equipment (ALSE) course as the Distinguished Honor Graduate of each course. While there, he was promoted to Staff Sergeant and served as a flight section sergeant and phase team leader. His next assignment was to OPTEC with duty at JRTC, Fort Polk, Louisiana Operational Threat Support Activity (OTSA). There he served as the Contracting Officer Representative (COR) for the Soviet aircraft program for OTSA at JRTC and the Detachment NCOIC and Commander. During this time he was promoted to Sergeant First Class. He was then assigned to the 4th Brigade 1st Infantry Division, Katterbach, Germany where he was promoted and assigned as a First Sergeant in Charlie Company 2-1 Aviation Regiment. He graduated the First Sergeant Course via VTC at Vilseck, Germany. He PCSed to12th Aviation Brigade, V Corps, Geiblestadt, Germany where he was assigned as a First Sergeant to the Bravo and Delta Companies of 3-158 Aviation Regiment and deployed to OIF I. During this assignment he was selected for promotion to Sergeant Major. He then attended Class 54 of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas and upon graduation was appointed to Command Sergeant Major and assigned to 4-3 Aviation Regiment (ASSAULT), 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. While with 4-3 AVN he deployed to OIF III and moved the BN from Fort Campbell to Hunter Army Airfield upon redeployment and then deployed again to OIF V as part of the "Surge" of forces. Subsequently, he was selected to serve as the Command Sergeant Major for 12th Combat Aviation Brigade in Katterbach, Germany where the Brigade headquarters and ASB were deployed as a Task Force to OIF 10-12 in Tallil Iraq, while the other battalions deployed on alternate time lines to different locations. His most recent assignment began in July 2012 when he was selected to stand up the WTU battalion at Fort Belvoir, VA.

He has an associate's degree in Engineering Graphics and a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts. CSM Perkins has also earned an FAA A&P license.

His awards and decorations include; Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (3 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation (1 OLC) GWTSM,GWTEM, ICM, Master Aviation Badge, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge, and Parachutist Badge.

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