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Command Group

Battalion Commander
LTC James P. Velesky
Lieutenant Colonel Velesky commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Aviation Branch upon his graduation from Texas A&M University in august 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Science.  He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security from the Bush School of Government and Public Service.  He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, OH-58D Instructor Pilots Course, Combined Arms Service Staff School, Cavalry Leaders Course, Aviation Captains Career Course, Aviation Officer Basic Course, Combat Medical Specialist Course and Army Basic Training.
LTC Velesky's assignments include J5 Plans and Policy Coordinator for the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps-Italy (NRDC-IT) Headquarters in Solbiate Olona, Italy; Regional Plans Coordinator for Regional Command East and Capital, International Joint Coalition Headquarters (IJC HQ), Kabul, Afghanistan; Brigade Operations Officer for the 110th Aviation Brigade and Executive Officer for 1st Battalion, 14th Aviation Regiment (Scout/Attack Training Battalion), Fort Rucker, Alabama;  Military Transition Team Chief (MiTT) for the 41st Iraqi Infantry Brigade, Amarah, Iraq; Assistant Professor of Military Science at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; Flight Operations Officer and Troop Commander for D and F Troops, 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment at Schweinfurt, Germany; Squadron Adjutant, Aeroscout Platoon Leader and Class III/V Platoon Leader, 1st Squadron, 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, at Fort Hood Texas.
LTC Velesky's operational deployments include Operation Enduring Freedom 2013; Operation Iraqi Freedom II, Forward Operating Base McKenzie and Operation Iraqi Freedon 2008-2009, Diyala and Maysan Provinces, Iraq; and Task Force Eagle, Operation Joint Guardian, Camp Comanche, Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovenia.
LTC Velesky's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with numeral 3, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and NATO Medal.  He is a Senior Army Aviator and authorized to wear the Combat Action Badge and Airborne Badge and is also a member of the Order of Saint George (Bronze Award). 


Command Sergeant Major
CSM James R. Schley

Command Sergeant Major Schley enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1992 and completed Basic Combat Training at fort Jackson, SC and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Rucker, AL.

CSM Schley's assignements include UH-1 mechanic and crew chief, 2nd Aviation Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, HI; Aviation Life support Equipment technician and NCO, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 1st Battalion, 14th Aviation Regiment, Fort Rucker, AL; Maintenance Platoon Sergeant and Quality Control NCOIC, Alpha Company, 78th Aviation Battalion, Camp Zama, Japan; MH-60L Assault Helicopter Section Sergeant, Assault and DAP Platoon Sergeant and company First Sergeant, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Savannah, GA; Support Operations Sergeant Major, 615th Aviation Support Battalion, Fort Hood, TX; Deputy Commander (DCOM) Sergeant Major, Regional Command North, Afghanistan; Command Sergeant Major, 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, Fort Hood, TX.

CSM Schley's military education includes all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System including the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, the First Sergeant Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Master Fitness Trainer Course, SERE (High Risk) Level C, Equal Opportunity Management Course, Army Force Management Course, 160th SOAR(A) Special Operations Training Course, and the Battalion CSM Pre-Command Course.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal with V device, the Air Medal with Numeral Two, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Humanitarian Service Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal with four campaign stars, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with six campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Meritorious Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (4th award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 6, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation Award, Air Force Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Master Aviation Badge, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, Italian Armed Forces Parachutist Badge, Spanish Armed Forces Parachutist Badge, and the German Schutzenschnur Gold Badge.