Colonel Ronald M. Johnson was born 16 February 1965 in Missoula, Montana. He enlisted in the Army Reserve in January 1985 as 92B. He is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps in June of 1988. He has a Masters of Military Arts and Sciences degree from the Army Command and General Staff College and a Masters Degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval War College.
Colonel Johnson's assignments in Special Forces include: Commander, Operational Detachment-Alpha 171, A Co, 3rd Bn, 1SFG(A), Ground Operations Officer, SOJ3, Special Operations Command, Korea, Operations Officer, 2nd Battalion, 1SFG(A), Commander, Company C, 2nd Bn, 1SFG(A), Director, Coalition Operations, CJSOTF-Afghanistan, Group Executive Officer, 1SFG(A), Senior Mentor and Advisor to Afghan Minister of the Independent Director of Local Governance, and Chief of Staff, US Army Special Forces Command.
Colonel Johnson's military schools include: Basic Airborne Training, Air Assault School, AMEDD Officer Basic Course, Clinical Laboratory Officers Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Ranger School, Special Forces Qualification Course, Jumpmaster Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Course, Thai Language Course, Military Free Fall Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff Officers Course, the Joint Forces Staff College and the Naval War College.
Colonel Johnson's awards and decorations include: The Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 5th-OLC), Joint Forces Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3rd-OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal (with OLC), Army Achievement Medal (with OLC), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (with OLC), Meritorious Unit Citation, Southwest Asia Service Medal (with Bronze Campaign Star), Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Outstanding Volunteer Medal, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award (USASOC, 1996), Saint Philip Neri Award (Bronze), Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, the Expert Field Medical Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Thai Master Parachutist Badge, Thai Military Free Fall Badge, Korean Master Parachutist Badge, Chilean Parachutist Badge and Canadian Parachutist Badge.
Colonel Johnson is married to his wife of 27 years and has three children.
Command Sergeant Major Harry (Wayne) Jeffries enlisted in the U.S. Army November, 23, 1982 in Beckley, West Virginia. He attended basic training at Fort McClellan, Alabama and advanced individual training at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama where he graduated as a Forward Area Alert Radar Repairer. During his 29 years of service he has served in every leadership position from squad leader through command sergeant major.
His assignments include Golf Company, 27th Maintenance Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas where he served as a Radar Repairer, HHC, 782nd Maintenance Support Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he served as a Squad Leader, Lodi Recruiting Station, Sacramento Recruiting Battalion, Lodi, Ca where he served as a Recruiter, Delta Company 832nd Ordnance Battalion, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama where he served as a Service School Instructor, Bravo Company 832nd Ordnance Battalion, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama where he served as a Senior Drill Sergeant, Echo Company 703rd Main Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division (Mech), Fort Stewart, Georgia, where he served as a First Sergeant, 1st COSCOM, Ft. Bragg, NC where he served as the G3 Sergeant Major; 1st-507th CSB, 507th CSG, Ft. Bragg, NC where he served as a Command Sergeant Major. His overseas assignments include: 820th Ordnance Company; Bitburg, Germany where he served as a Technical Section Sergeant, 702nd Main Support Bn, Camp Sears, Korea where he served as an Operation Sergeant and Platoon Sergeant, Warrior Replacement Company, Camp Mobile, Korea where he served as a First Sergeant. Command Sgt. Major Jeffries deployments include OIF I, OIF 07-09, OIF 10 and Operation New Dawn with 703rd Brigade Support Battalion. He also deployed with 1st COSCOM in OIF III as the G3 Sergeant Major.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (3rd OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (4th OLC), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (4th OLC), the Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon(Numeral 6), Global War on Terrorism Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Ribbon(4 Stars), Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation (2OLC), Basic Airborne Wings, the Army Gold Recruiter Badge, the Drill Sergeant Badge.
He holds degrees in General Education and Electronics at Calhoun Community College and Bachelor of Science in Math. His military education includes: Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leaders Course, Airborne School, NBC NCO Course, Recruiting School, Drill Sergeant School and The United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 54.
Command Sergeant Major Jeffries is married and has five children.