"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 James A. Stallworth Jr.
Command Sergeant Major James A. Stallworth Jr. enlisted into the United States Army October 10, 1987.
CSM Stallworth’s first duty assignment was to A Co 503rd Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division (Korea) from 1987 – 1988. He served as a 60mm mortar crew member. Upon completion of Airborne School CSM Stallworth was assigned to 3rd BN 73rd Armor BN 82nd Airborne Division his duty consisted of Gunner, Squad Leader and Fire Direction Computer Operator. He was then assigned back to Korea to HQs 506 Infantry, where he served as Fire Direction Chief 1993 – 1994. He served again in the 2nd BN 505 PIR 82nd Airborne Division from 1994 – 1998 as Section Sergeant and Platoon Sergeant. After completing Drill Sergeant School he was assigned to 2nd BN 47th BCT Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. After his duty as Drill Sergeant he was assigned to Schweinfurt Germany 1st BN 18th Infantry 1st ID serving as Platoon Sergeant. He later was assigned to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk where he served as Task Force senior, Company and Platoon senior Observer Controller. He served in HQs 4th BDE 10th Mountain Division as First Sergeant and HQs 1st BN 50th Infantry Fort Benning, GA. After completing the Unitied States Army Sergeant Major Academy he was then assigned to 3rd BN 15th Infantry Fort Stewart, Ga serving as Operations Sergeant Major. Prior to his assignment as 4-31 IN BN Command Sergeant Major, CSM Stallworth was Operations Sergeant Major for 1st BN 15th Infantry Fort Benning, Ga.
CSM Stallworth has deployed to Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm, Bosnia, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn.
He is a graduate of every level of the Non Commissioned Officer Education System and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. Additionally, he has completed the First Sergeants Course, Battle Staff Course, Drill Sergeant School, and Jumpmaster School.
CSM Stallworth awards include the Bronze Star Medal (w/ 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Combat Infantrymen Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, and Master Parachutist Badge.