Lieutenant Colonel Michael Kovacevic
LTC Michael J. Kovacevic graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1997 and was commissioned as second lieutenant in the Infantry.
His first assignment was with the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, NC where he served as a platoon leader, company executive officer and Battalion Air Officer. He was subsequently assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment where he served as a Ranger Rifle Platoon Leader.
Following the Infantry Officer Advanced Course in 2000, LTC Kovacevic was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne) at Fort Polk, LA where he served as the Battalion S1, Assistant S3, and commander of Alpha Company.
In 2004, LTC Kovacevic returned to the Ranger Regiment and served as the Regimental S3 Air Officer, Regimental Headquarters Company Commander, and Regimental Assistant S3.
In 2008, LTC Kovacevic completed the Command and General Staff Officer Course at Fort Leavenworth, KS and moved to the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia. While there, he served as the Division Chief of Training, the Battalion S3 for 1-64 Armor and the Brigade S3 for 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team.
LTC Kovacevic served as the Regimental S8 for the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia from 2011 until taking command of 2-14th Infantry in June 2014.
He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy and a Masters Degree in Security Studies from Kansas State University.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
LTC Kovacevic also earned the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Award, the Afghan Campaign Ribbon with 2 service stars, the Iraq Campaign Ribbon with 2 service stars, and the NATO Medal. Additionally, he has earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Russian Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab.
Command Sergeant Major Christopher Newsom
Command Sergeant Major Newsom enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on 21 August 1991. Upon completion of Boot Camp His first assignment was with the 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines, Kaneohe Bay HI where he served as a rifleman, Team Leader and Squad Leader.
After 4 years of honorable service CSM Newsom transferred into the Army and was assigned to Charlie Company 2nd Battalion 14th Infantry, Ft. Drum, NY where he served as an Infantry Team and Squad Leader.
Following his assignment at FT Drum he was assigned to the UNC Security Force PANMUNJOM South Korea in 2000, where he served as a squad leader for the scout platoon.
IN 2001, CSM Newsom was reassigned to the Non-Commissioned Officers Academy, Ft. Campbell, KY where he served as a PLDC Instructor and Senior Instructor; upon his selection for Sergeant First Class CSM Newsom was assigned to Delta Company, 1st Battalion 327th Infantry, FT. Campbell, KY. where he served as a Platoon Sergeant.
After deploying to Iraq in 2006 CSM Newsom was reassigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion 30th Field Artillery Ft Sill, Oklahoma where he served as a Senior Instructor for the Basic Officer Leaders Course. After one year CSM Newsom attended Drill Sergeant school in FT Jackson, SC. Upon, completion of school CSM Newsom returned to 1st Battalion 79th Field Artillery, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma where he served as a Basic Training First Sergeant.
In 2009, CSM Newsom assumed the responsibilities of 1SG in Charlie Company 1-24 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Ft. Wainwright, AK (SBCT). After 18 months CSM Newsom assumed the role of 1SG for HHC 1-24 IN for 18 months. While in Alaska CSM Newsom deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan for combat and peace keeping operations.
In 2012, CSM Newsom moved to Ft. Benning GA, where he assumed the role of Operations Sergeant for 2-29 IN. After 10 months on station CSM Newsom moved to FT Bliss Texas where he attended and graduated from the Sergeants Major Academy.
In June 2014 CSM Newsom once again joined the Commando Brigade and 2-14 IN Golden Dragons as the Command Sergeant Major.
CSM Newsom’s military training includes: Air Assault Course; Warrior Leaders Course; Jungle Operations Course; Advance Leaders Course; Total Army Instructor Training Course; ALMC Small Group Instructor Training Course; Pathfinder School; Basic Airborne Parachutist Course; Battle Staff Course; Senior Leaders Course; Anti-Armor Leaders Course; the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 64; and has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University.
CSM Newsom’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC); Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC); Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC); Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Medal (1 Bronze Star); Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 Bronze Stars); Iraqi Campaign Medal (3 Bronze Stars); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Korea Defense Service Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (#4); Army Service Medal; Overseas Service Medal (4th Award); Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (1 Bronze Star); NATO Medal; Parachutist Badge; Air Assault Badge; Pathfinder Badge; Combat and Expert Infantryman Badges.