Commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
Colonel Scott Himes
COL Scott Himes graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1992 and received a commission as a second lieutenant of Armor.
COL Himes was assigned to 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division where he served as a Division Cavalry Scout Platoon Leader, Maintenance Officer, and Squadron Assistant Operations Officer.
Following a two-year break in service, COL Himes re-entered active duty in 1998 under the Captains Recall Program. He attended the Infantry Officer Advanced Course and worked as a cadre member at the Infantry Officer Basic Course.
Upon completion of his transition to the Infantry, COL Himes served as a battalion staff officer and company commander in 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom-One (OIF-1) and then served as the aide de camp to the Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
After Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, COL Himes served as the battalion executive officer and battalion operations officer in 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Eight (OEF-8). Following the deployment, he served as the brigade executive officer of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Vicenza, Italy.
COL Himes then served as a military exchange officer in Brisbane, Australia where he served as the J35, Future Operations Chief and airborne liaison officer in the Australian Army’s 1st Division.
COL Himes then served as the commander of 1st Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry, at Fort Polk, LA. As the commander of the US Army’s Opposing Force (OPFOR) airborne infantry battalion, COL Himes participated in 22 mission readiness exercises and decisive action rotations at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC). Following battalion command, he served as the G3, JRTC and Fort Polk.
COL Himes attended the Army War College in Carlisle, PA and then served as the G3, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Most recently, COL Himes deployed as the J3, Director of Operations, US Forces – Afghanistan, National Support Element and JTF-10 in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel (OFS).
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with one silver leaf cluster, the Joint Service Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, and the Navy Achievement Medal.
He has also earned the Presidential Unit Citation Award, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Valorous Unit Award, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Afghan Campaign Ribbon with two service stars, the Iraq Campaign Ribbon with two service stars, the Humanitarian Assistance Award, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the NATO Service Medal.
COL Himes earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, German Parachutist Badge, Italian Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab.
COL Himes is married to the former Anjoleen Baca, and the Himes’ have one son.
Command Sergeant Major of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
Command Sergeant Major Robert K. Fortenberry
CSM Fortenberry initially joined the Army in July of 1990 and attended Infantry One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, GA. Upon graduation he was assigned to Schofield Barracks, HI serving in the 25th Infantry Division with the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Battalion. Followed by a break in service from 1993-1998. During his 22 year career, CSM Fortenberry served as a Battalion Command Sergeant Major, Battalion Operations Sergeant Major, Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Drill Sergeant, U.S Army Sniper Instructor, Rifle Squad Leader, Team Leader, 4.2 inch Mortar Team Member, M249 SAW Gunner, Grenadier and Rifleman. He has served with the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York; 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment ( SBCT), Joint Base Lewis McCord, Washington; 173rd Special Troops Battalion (Airborne) in Bamberg Germany; E Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia; A Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; A Company, 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; B Company, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia; United States Army Sniper School, Fort Benning, Georgia; and B Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Battalion, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. CSM Fortenberry has deployed three times to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and most recently in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. CSM Fortenberry is currently assigned as the CSM of 2nd BDE, 10th Mountain DIV, Fort Drum, New York
CSM Fortenberry's military and civilian education includes all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System culminating with his graduation from the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 63, Ranger School Class 07-16, NCO Battle Staff Course, Drill Sergeant School, U.S. Army Sniper School, Basic Infantry Mortar Course, Airborne Course, Air Assault Course, Instructor Training Course, Combatives Level 2 and Combat Life Saver. He has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College and is currently working to complete his Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Excelsior College in Albany, New York
CSM Fortenberry's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (3 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, (1 SOLC, 1 OLC), Meritorious Unit Citation (2 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2 Bronze Stars), Iraqi Campaign Medal (4 Bronze Stars), Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Overseas Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Drill Sergeant Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge. His foreign awards include the German Basic Parachutist Badge and the Gold German Marksmanship Badge (Shoutsensneer). CSM Fortenberry also holds the Military Order of Saint Maurice and the Noble Patron of the Armor.