Maj. Gen. John C. Thomson III

Maj. Gen. John C. “J.T.” Thomson hails from Tyler, Texas, and earned his commission as a second lieutenant of field artillery on May 28, 1986. His initial assignment was with the 6th Battalion, 41st Field Artillery in Germany in the 3rd Infantry Division from 1987 to 1990, including duty as cannon platoon leader, battery executive officer and support platoon peader.

From 1991 to 1992, he served in staff assignments with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Nuremburg, Germany then later with the 1st Armored Division Artillery in Baumholder, Germany. Thomson commanded Bravo Battery, 4th Battalion, 29th Field Artillery in the 1st Armored Division from 1992 to 1994, then served as a tactical officer in the U.S. Corps of Cadets at West Point, New York until 1997.

From 1998 to 2003, he served in staff positions in the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood including assistant fire support coordinator, battalion executive officer, brigade S-3, brigade executive officer and division deputy chief of staff.

Thomson commanded the 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma from 2003 to 2005. Following battalion command, he served on the joint staff in the Pentagon, extensively interacting with the U.S. Department of State on national security affairs. From May 2007 to February 2008, he served as executive officer to the commanding general of Multi-National Corps in Baghdad, Iraq. He later headed the Commander’s Initiatives Group for Multi-National Forces-Iraq from October 2008 to January 2009, and then served as executive officer to the MNF-I commanding general from April 2009 to July 2009.

Thomson commanded the 41st Fires Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood from 2009 to 2011. Following brigade command, he became the sirector of the Chief’s Coordination Group for the 38th Chief of Staff of the Army until March 2013. From April 2013 to July 2014, he served as deputy commanding general for the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado. He most recently served as the 75th Commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy from August 2014 to December 2015.

Thomson earned a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1986 and a Master of Science from Long Island University in 1995. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge and Ranger Tab.

Maj. Gen. Paul T. Calvert

Maj. Gen. Paul T. Calvert was most recently the 1st Cavalry Division deputy commander for manuever. Prior to that, he served as deputy director for operations, National Joint Operations and Intelligence Center, J3, Joint Staff in Washington, D.C.

His previous tours include commander, Operations Group, National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California; commander, 2nd Armor Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas with duty in support of Operation New Dawn in Baghdad, Iraq; squadron commander, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood with duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Diyala Province, Iraq; interagency and civil support planner, Standing Joint Force Headquarters, United States Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; regimental operations officer, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Carson, Colorado with duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Anbar Province, Iraq; operations officer, 2nd Squadron and Regimental Operations Officer, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Irwin, California; armor branch chief, Enlisted Personnel Management Directorate, United States Personnel Command in Alexandria, Virginia; commander, E Troop, 2nd Squadron and Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas; and tank/scout platoon leader and troop executive officer, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Amberg, Germany with duty in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm in Iraq.

Calvert is a distinguished military graduate of North Georgia College and holds a Masters of Science Degree in National Security Strategy from the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

He has served on teams that have been awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award (one oak leaf cluster), the Valorous Unit Award (two oak leaf clusters) and the Meritorious Unit Citation.

Command Sgt. Maj. Maurice Jackson

Command Sgt. Maj. Maurice Jackson is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, and enlisted in the Army in August 1987. He received his Basic and Advanced Individual Training as an infantryman at Fort Benning, Georgia. After the completion of his training, Jackson served with 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division at Fort Ord, California; 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry, 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia; 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division at Baumholder, Germany; Henry Caro Noncommissioned Officer Academy as a small group leader at Fort Benning; 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning as a senior drill sergeant; 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division at Baumholder, Germany; 2nd Battalion, 58th Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning; Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas; 4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment at Vilseck, Germany; 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment at Fort Myer, Virginia as the battalion command sergeant major; and 3rd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment at Baumholder, Germany as the battalion command sergeant major; and command sergeant major of Operations Group at the National Training Center.

He has been deployed four times for Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Jackson has attended numerous military schools and training courses to include Bradley Master Gunner Course, Drill Sergeant School, Airborne School, Pathfinder School, Battle Staff Course, First Sergeant Course, Master Fitness Course and the Basic Instructor Course.

He is a graduate of the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic and Advance Noncommissioned Officer Course, The United States Sergeants Major Academy (Class 57), The Sergeants Major Force Management Course, The Brigade Pre-Command/CSM Course and The Battalion Pre-Command/CSM Course. He obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Administration from Excelsior College, New York in 2007.

Jackson’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with one silver leaf and three oak leaf clusters, Good Conduct Medal (eighth award), National Defense Medal with two bronze service stars, South Asia Service Medal with three bronze service stars, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 4, Army Service Ribbon, two Combat Infantryman Badges, Expert Infantryman Badge, Basic Airborne Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge and Order of St. Maurice Medal.

Jackson is married with three children.

Command Sgt. Maj. Shane E. Pospisil

Command Sgt. Maj. Shane E. Pospisil was born in Middletown, New York, grew up in Bolton, Connecticut and entered the Army in October 1991. After completion of basic and advanced individual training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, he attended the Airborne course and the Ranger Indoctrination Program. He was then assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Pospisil has served in a variety of positions, including fire team leader, rifle squad leader, long range surveillance team leader, brigade assistance air noncommissioned officer, Ranger instructor/writer, rifle platoon sergeant, liaison officer to Joint Special Operations Command, company and battalion tactical NCO, rifle company and headqqurters company first sergeant, squadron command sergeant major and the 30th regimental command sergeant major of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment.

Pospisil participated in Operation Restore Democracy in the Republic of Haiti, Operation Restore Hope in the Republic of Panama and Operation Atlantic Resolve in Europe. He has been deployed in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. His military education includes all noncommissioned officer education system courses to include the U.S Army Sergeants Major Academy. Additional training includes the First Sergeant Course, Ranger course, Airborne course, Jumpmaster course as well as many other military courses. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science in administrative management from Excelsior College, Albany, New York.

Pospisil’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (one oak leaf cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal w(4 OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (two oak leaf cluters), the Army Achievement Medal (five oak leaf clusters), the Good Conduct Medal (seventh award), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (one bronze star), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 4, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon with the numeral 6, the Multinational Force and Observers Medal, NATO Medal, the Meritorious Unit Award and the Valorous Unit Award. He also earned the Ranger Tab, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and Canadian, British and Thailand Parachute wings. He has earned the U.S Cavalry’s Silver and Gold spurs and has been inducted into the Order of Saint Maurice (Centurion), Order of Saint George (Bronze) and Sergeant Morales Club.

Compiled by David A. Bryant

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