Lieutenant Colonel James Howell is a native of Beaumont, TX and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer from the United States Military Academy in 2002.  He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses as well as the College of Naval Command and Staff.  He is married to the former Stephanie Steakley of Houston, TX.  They have five daughters, Harper (11), Sadie (9), Catherine (6), Lucy (6), and Cora (2).LTC Howell's notable assignments include Platoon Leader in 2-22 Infantry, 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division; Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; Company Commander in 1-26 Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division; Assistant Operations Officer for 75th Ranger Regiment; Company Commander in 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; Battalion Operations Officer for 1-503 Infantry (Airborne), 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne); Brigade Operations Officer for the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne); and J5 Interagency Chief for the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization.LTC Howell has eight combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.  His awards and decorations include the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award (OLC), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Bronze Star Medal (3 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal (OLC), Army Commendation Medal w/ Valor Device, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Wings, and Air Assault Wings.
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lieutenant Colonel James Howell is a native of Beaumont, TX and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer from the United States Military Academy in 2002. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses as well as the College of Naval Command and Staff. He is married to the former Stephanie Steakley of Houston, TX. They have five daughters, Harper (11), Sadie (9), Catherine (6), Lucy (6), and Cora (2).LTC Howell's notable assignments include Platoon Leader in 2-22 Infantry, 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division; Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; Company Commander in 1-26 Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division; Assistant Operations Officer for 75th Ranger Regiment; Company Commander in 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; Battalion Operations Officer for 1-503 Infantry (Airborne), 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne); Brigade Operations Officer for the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne); and J5 Interagency Chief for the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization.LTC Howell has eight combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. His awards and decorations include the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award (OLC), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Bronze Star Medal (3 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal (OLC), Army Commendation Medal w/ Valor Device, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Wings, and Air Assault Wings. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Entry info: CSM Michael L. Barrera is a native of Green River, Wyoming.  He enlisted in the Army in June of 1999 as an Infantryman.Training data: CSM Barrera graduated Infantry One Station Unit Training (OSUT) and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Benning GA, in September of 1999.  He graduated the Bradley Transitions Course in October of 1999 with the Military Occupational Skill of 11M, Mechanized Infantryman.Position data: CSM Barrera has served as a Rifleman, Anti Armor Specialist, Squad Automatic Weapons Gunner, Machine Gunner, Rifle Team Leader, Rifle Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Reconnaissance Platoon Sergeant, Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, Ranger Instructor, Operations Sergeant, Rifle Company First Sergeant, Infantry Battalion Headquarters and Headquarters Company First Sergeant, Infantry Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Company First Sergeant and Battalion Command Sergeant Major.Assignment and deployment data: His assignments include Ft. Benning, GA, Ft Wainwright, AK, Camp Merrill Dahlonega, GA, Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, AK, and Ft. Bliss, TX.
He has deployed to Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan in support of combat and peacekeeping operations.Military education: His military education includes Bradley Transitions Course, Air Assault School, Airborne School, Basic Leaders Course, Ranger School, Combatives Level 1, Force Battle Command Master Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Intelligence in Combating Terrorism Course, Senior Leaders Course, Senior Tactics Instructor Course, Basic Instructor Course, Basic Military Mountaineering Course, Jumpmaster School, Cold Weather Orienteering Course, National Training Center Observer Controller Course, and the Master Resiliency Trainer Course, the Sergeants Major Course Class 67, Pre Command Course, and the Sergeant Major Preparation Course.Awards data: CSM Barrera's awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal (3rd award), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), Army Commendation Medal (3rd award), Army Achievement Medal (5th award), Army Good Conduct Medal (6th award), National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 5), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (6th award), NATO Medal (2nd award), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation (2nd award), Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Australian Jump wings, and the German Schützenschnur, Gold.
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Entry info: CSM Michael L. Barrera is a native of Green River, Wyoming. He enlisted in the Army in June of 1999 as an Infantryman.Training data: CSM Barrera graduated Infantry One Station Unit Training (OSUT) and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Benning GA, in September of 1999. He graduated the Bradley Transitions Course in October of 1999 with the Military Occupational Skill of 11M, Mechanized Infantryman.Position data: CSM Barrera has served as a Rifleman, Anti Armor Specialist, Squad Automatic Weapons Gunner, Machine Gunner, Rifle Team Leader, Rifle Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Reconnaissance Platoon Sergeant, Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, Ranger Instructor, Operations Sergeant, Rifle Company First Sergeant, Infantry Battalion Headquarters and Headquarters Company First Sergeant, Infantry Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Company First Sergeant and Battalion Command Sergeant Major.Assignment and deployment data: His assignments include Ft. Benning, GA, Ft Wainwright, AK, Camp Merrill Dahlonega, GA, Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, AK, and Ft. Bliss, TX. He has deployed to Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan in support of combat and peacekeeping operations.Military education: His military education includes Bradley Transitions Course, Air Assault School, Airborne School, Basic Leaders Course, Ranger School, Combatives Level 1, Force Battle Command Master Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Intelligence in Combating Terrorism Course, Senior Leaders Course, Senior Tactics Instructor Course, Basic Instructor Course, Basic Military Mountaineering Course, Jumpmaster School, Cold Weather Orienteering Course, National Training Center Observer Controller Course, and the Master Resiliency Trainer Course, the Sergeants Major Course Class 67, Pre Command Course, and the Sergeant Major Preparation Course.Awards data: CSM Barrera's awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal (3rd award), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), Army Commendation Medal (3rd award), Army Achievement Medal (5th award), Army Good Conduct Medal (6th award), National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 5), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (6th award), NATO Medal (2nd award), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation (2nd award), Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Australian Jump wings, and the German Schützenschnur, Gold. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL