"There is no unit in the American Army which has served with greater distinction both in peace and in war, than the 31st Infantry… the Regiment has always performed its assigned mission with marked gallantry and commendable precision… its lines held firm time and time again against the assault of overwhelming superior forces. As it now faces a future of continued service in our country’s cause, it’s regimental colors fly under a halo of tradition, of honor, duty and sacrifice, which will be an inspiration for American Armies for all time to come.”
-General Douglas MacArthur
August 4th, 1946
4-31 IN Commander
LTC Christopher Landers
LTC Christopher Landers graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology and was commissioned in February 1996. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms Service and Staff School, and the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned his Master’s of Science Degree in Defense Analysis.
LTC Landers’ past assignments include Rifle Platoon Leader, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry at Camp Hovey, Korea; Ranger Rifle Platoon Leader, Support Platoon Leader and Assistant S4, 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment;, Fort Benning, Georgia; Brigade Assistant S4, 1st Brigade (Stryker), 25th ID, Fort Lewis Washington; Battalion S4 and Rifle Company Commander, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, 1st Brigade (Stryker), 25th ID, Fort Lewis, Washington; Battalion S3 Air and Ranger Rifle Company Commander, 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; Brigade Plans Officer, 3d Brigade, 82d ABN Division, Battalion S3, 2d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR); Brigade S3, 3d Brigade, 82d ABN Division. LTC Landers most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Current Operations, J3, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). LTC Landers’ operational deployments include two tours in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and four tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2 x OLC), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2 x OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (4 x OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (3 x OLC), the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Citation, the Master Parachutist, Air Assault, Pathfinder, Combat and Expert Infantryman Badges and the Ranger Tab.
4-31 IN Command Sergeant Major
CSM Bruce Kosmicki
Command Sergeant Major Bruce Kosmicki entered the U.S. Army in April of 1993 where he completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia as an Infantryman. From 1993 to 1997, he served as a Rifleman, Sniper, and Scout Team Leader with 4th BN and 2nd BN 27th Infantry “Wolfhounds”, and 4th BN 87th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division(LI), Schofield Barracks, HI. While assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, deployments included Operation Keen Edge- Japan, Operation Uphold Democracy- Haiti, and the Multi National Force and Observers- Sinai, Egypt. From 1997 to 2007, he served as a Team Leader, Squad Leader, Scout Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Scout Platoon Sergeant, and First Sergeant with 2nd BN 22nd Infantry “Triple Deuce”, 10th Mountain Division(LI), Fort Drum, NY. While assigned to 2nd BN 22nd Infantry, deployments included the Jungle Operations Training Center- Panama, Operation Joint Guard- Bosnia, Operation Joint Forge- Bosnia, Operation Enduring Freedom- Afghanistan, and Operation Iraqi Freedom- Iraq. From 2007-2011, he served as First Sergeant and Operations Sergeant for 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division(LI), Fort Drum, NY. While assigned to 1st BSTB, deployments included Operation Iraqi Freedom- Iraq, and Operation Enduring Freedom- Afghanistan. From 2012-2013, he served as Operations Sergeant Major for 4th BN 31st Infantry, and from 2013-2014 as the 2nd Brigade Combat Team Operations Sergeant Major, 10th Mountain Division(LI), Fort Drum, NY. He currently serves as the 4th Battalion 31st Infantry Regiment “Polar Bears” Command Sergeant Major, 10th Mountain Division (LI).
His military education includes Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, First Sergeant/Commander Course, and is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. His military training includes Combat Lifesavers Course, Dragon Qualification Course, Air Assault School, Sniper School, Ranger School, Airborne School, Jungle Warfare School, Pathfinder School, Long Range Surveillance Leaders Course, and the Military Deception Planners Course. He is currently working towards completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Homeland Security.
SGM Kosmicki’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3 OL), Meritorious Service Medal (1 OL), Army Commendation Medal (2 OL), Army Achievement Medal (4 OL), Army Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal (w star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2 stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 star), Iraq Campaign Medal (3 stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal (w star), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (numeral 5), United Nations Ribbon- Haiti, NATO Medal (2 awards), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation (3 OL), the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, Pathfinder Badge, Airborne Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. SGM Kosmicki is also a recipient of the Order of St Maurice, and MG Aubrey Red Newman Award.