Staff Sergeant Troy T. Braun

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Staff Sgt. Troy T. Braun (95th Reserve Division)

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Drill Sergeant Braun is a native of Cedar City, Utah, and has been in the U.S. Army for 11 years.

Drill Sergeant Braun’s assignments includes: He has served as a Healthcare Specialist and Human Intelligence Collector in various assignments with both the Army Reserve and Army National Guard. He currently serves as a drill sergeant with C Company, 1st Battalion, 415th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 95th Reserve Division, in Marana, Ariz.

Drill Sergeant Braun’s military education includes: He is a qualified emergency medical technician, combat lifesaver and U.S. Army instructor.

He currently works as a border patrol agent in Naco, Ariz.

Drill Sergeant Braun’s short-term goal is to complete his bachelor’s degree in German literature through Southern Utah University. His long-term goal is to become a Human Intelligence Warrant Officer.

He is married and has five children.

Staff Sergeant Jonathan B. James

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Staff Sgt. Jonathan B. James (Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.)

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Drill Sergeant James was born in Kelso, Wash., and graduated from Kelso High School, in June 2003. He entered the U.S. Army in February 2004 and completed Military Police One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in June 2004.

Drill Sergeant James’s assignments include: Initial Entry Training with Delta Company, 795th Military Police Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; 92nd Military Police Company, Baumholder Germany; U.S. Army Garrison Brussels Military Police Detachment, Brussels, Belgium; Headquarters, 787th Military Police Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; and is currently assigned to Delta Company 787th Military Police Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He has deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Drill Sergeant James’s military education includes: Anti-Terrorism Evasive Driver Course, Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Army Retention Course, Unit Prevention Leader Course, Physical Security Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Basic Combatives Course Level I, Combat Life Saver, U.S. Army Drill Sergeant School and the Master Resiliency Training Course.

Drill Sergeant James’s awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (8 Oak Leaf Clusters), Good Conduct Medal (3rd award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 2), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), ISAF NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Drivers Badge, Expert Marksmanship Badge, German Weapons Proficiency Badge (Gold), and the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge.

He has distinguished himself by being named the Distinguished Leadership Graduate at Warrior Leader Course; Commandant’s list at Advanced Leader Course; Drill Sergeant of the Cycle for Class 003-12; MSCoE Drill Sergeant of Quarter, 2nd Quarter, fiscal year 2012; inducted into the Military Police Corps Commandant’s 100; and is the 2013 14th Military Police Brigade Drill Sergeant of the Year.

Drill Sergeant James is married and has one son and one daughter.

Sgt. 1st Class Ryan J. McCaffrey

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Sgt. 1st Class Ryan J. McCaffrey (98th Reserve Division)

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Drill Sergeant McCaffrey was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He entered the U.S. Army and completed Military Police One Station Unit Training at Fort McClellan, Ala., in 1998.

Drill Sergeant McCaffrey’s assignments include: 519th Military Police Battalion, Fort Polk, La.; 793rd Military Police Battalion, Fort Richardson, Alaska; 202nd Military Police Company, Fort Eustis, Va.; A Company, 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry Regiment, Fort Jackson, S.C.; 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Camp Hovey, South Korea; and is currently serving as a Drill Sergeant with C Company, 1st Battalion, 321st Infantry Regiment. He was deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2005.

Drill Sergeant McCaffrey’s military education includes: the Combat Lifesaver Course, the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRN) Ccourse, Basic Combatives Course Levels I and II, Warrior Leader’s Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, and U.S. Army Drill Sergeant School. He is a senior at American Military University, working toward a degree in criminal justice.

Drill Sergeant McCaffrey’s awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Good Conduct Medal (4th award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 2), Driver’s Badge, Basic Rifle Marksmanship Badge and Drill Sergeant Identification Badge.

Staff Sgt. Steven L. Newman

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Staff Sgt. Steven L. Newman (Fort Benning, Ga.)

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Drill Sergeant Newman was born in Hobart, Ind., and graduated Hobart High School in 1999. He entered the U.S. Army in July 2005, and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Sill, Okla. He completed the Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember Training Course and proceeded to his first duty assignment.

Drill Sergeant Newman's assignments included: 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; and currently serves with A Company, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga. He has deployed three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.

Drill Sergeant Newman's military education includes: Drill Sergeant School, Army Basic Instructor Course, Advanced Leader Course, Warrior Leader Course, Combat Lifesaver Course, Basic Combatives Course Level I, Air Assault Course, Unit Prevention Leaders Course and Unit Movement Officer Course. He has also achieved six credit hours at Ivy Tech College.

Drill Sergeant Newman's awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster), Good Conduct Medal (3rd award), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (1 Silver Campaign Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 2), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), Meritorious Unit Citation, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge and Air Assault Badge.

He has distinguished himself for being included on the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant School’s Commandant’s List, and for receiving the Advanced Leader Course’s Distinguished Leadership Award.

Newman’s short-term goals are to attend Airborne School, the Basic Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course and become a Drill Sergeant Leader. His long-term goals are to achieve the rank of Command Sergeant Major and permanently retire at 55 years old.

He is married with one son.

Staff Sergeant William C. Schmidt

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Staff Sgt. William C. Schmidt (Fort Sill, Okla.)

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Drill Sergeant Schmidt was born June 7, 1985, in Clara City, Minn. He graduated from MACCRAY High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 2003. He completed Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., in October 2003.

Drill Sergeant Schmidt’s assignments include: Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Charlie Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.; and Fox Battery, 1st Battalion, 31st Field Artillery, Fort Sill, Okla. His deployments include one tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Drill Sergeant Schmidt’s military and civilian education includes: Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Drill Sergeant School, Unit Armorer Course, Basic Combatives Course Levels I and II, Army Basic Instructor Course, Combat Life Saver, and Battle Staff Course.

Drill Sergeant Schmidt’s awards and decorations include: Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Unit Commendation (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (3rd award), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 2), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge and Expert Infantryman Badge.

Schmidt was recently recognized as the 1st Battalion, 31st Field Artillery Non-commissioned Officer of the Quarter.

Staff Sergeant David E. Stover

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Staff Sgt. David E. Stover (Army Training Center & Fort Jackson, S.C)

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Drill Sergeant Stover was born in Richmond, Va. In August 2005, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Ky., where he completed his Military Occupational Specialty of Cavalry Scout - 19D.

Drill Sergeant Stover’s assignments include: E Battery, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Pickett, Va.; and C Troop, 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Wash.

Drill Sergeant Stover’s positions include Driver, Dismount, Dismount Team Leader, Gunner, Section Sergeant, Sniper Section Leader, Operations Non-commissioned Officer, Drill Sergeant, Senior Drill Sergeant and Drill Sergeant Leader.

Drill Sergeant Stover’s military education includes: Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, U.S. Army Sniper School, Battle Staff Course, Master Resilience Training Course, U.S. Army Retention Course, Small Group Instructors Course, Javelin Gunner Course, Unit Armorer Course, Basic Combatives Course Level I, Combat Lifesaver Course, Airborne School and Drill Sergeant School.

Drill Sergeant Stover’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (7 Oak Leaf Clusters), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd award), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (3 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 2), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 2), Combat Action Badge, Basic Parachutist Wings and the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge.