Lieutenant Colonel Chad E. Ward
Lieutenant Colonel Chad E. Ward received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Alabama in 1994.
LTC Ward’s previous assignments include duty with the 101st Airborne Division where he served as an attack helicopter platoon leader in 2nd Battalion, 101 Aviation Regiment (Attack) and a liaison officer. Following the Aviation Officer Advanced Course, he was assigned to 11th Attack Helicopter Regiment in Illesheim, Germany where he served as a Brigade S1, Company Commander, and Brigade Plans Officer and deployed to Kuwait in 2002 for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Upon redeployment from Iraq in 2003, LTC Ward was reassigned to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, where he served as a trainer for company/troops, Brigade Aviation Officers, and Aviation Task Force S3/ Operations. Upon completion of Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, he served as Aviation Task Force S3 and later Brigade Executive Officer in the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During this assignment, he deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. LTC Ward’s most recent assignment was to Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky as the Aviation Branch Executive Officer and Lieutenant Colonel’s Assignment Officer.
LTC Ward’s military education includes Command and General Staff College, the Aviation Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses, AH64D and UH60 Aviator Qualification Courses, and the Marine Tactical Air Controllers Course. He has also earned a Bachelors Degree from the University of Alabama and a Masters Degree from Louisiana State University.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC),Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, ValorousUnit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal (1Bronze Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal(2 Bronze Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3), NATO Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Senior ArmyAviator Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
Command Sergeant Major David R. Paul
David Rutherford Paul graduated Ponce De Leon High School and entered in the Army soon afterwards. He enlisted on active duty in the United States Army during the month of September 1981, and is currently assigned as Command Sergeant Major for 1-10 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, and Fort Drum, New York. His previous tours of duty included assignments to 632nd Maintenance Company at Fort Stewart as a Metal Worker, the 194th Maintenance Company in Garlstead Germany as a Metal Worker.
After a two year break in service entered active duty as a 15T10 Blackhawk Maintenance Repairer. Continuing assignments are the 78th AVN in Camp Zama Japan as Mechanic, Crew chief, and Technical Inspector, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell as Fielding Instructor for MH60K and Flight Instructor, Charlie Company 52nd AVN Camp Humphries Korea as Platoon Sergeant, 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), (Alfa, Bravo, Delta, Headquarters & Headquarters Companies) as Flight Platoon Sergeant and First Sergeant. While assigned to 4th Battalion he then deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Platoon sergeant in February 2002 thru February 2003 and once again, as First Sergeant in Delta Company serving in one more tour to Iraq in 2005 thru 2006, United States Army Aviation Logistics School in Fort Eustis as Scout Helicopter Division Chief, Cargo Helicopter Division Chief, the Department of Aviation System Training Sergeant Major, and Command Sergeant Major Observer Controller/Trainer 1-337th Aviation Battalion, Division West, 1st Army, Fort Hood, Texas.
His military education includes WLC, ALC, SLC, 1SG Course and The Sergeants Major Academy, Battalion Pre-Command/Command Sergeant Major Course.
Military Decorations, Medals and Campaign Ribbons awarded include: The Army Bronze Star(2 Award), Meritorious Service Medal(3 Award), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (5 Awards), Army Good Conduct Medal (8 Awards), National Defense Service Medal (2 Awards), Southwest Asian Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Noncommissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 4, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd Award), the Master Aviation Crewmember Badge and the Air Assault Badge.