Leadership

  • Col. James K. Dooghan, Brigade Commander Col. James K. Dooghan, Brigade Commander

    Biography

    Col. James K. Dooghan was commissioned a second lieutenant in Armor from Portland State University (PSU), Oregon.

    His initial assignment was with the 1st Armored Division in Ayers Kaserne, Germany, where he served as an M1A1 Tank platoon leader, heavy mortar platoon leader, then tank/mechanized team company executive officer and brigade liaison officer (Operation Joint Endeavor (Implementation Force), Bosnia-Herzegovina).

    Following the Armor Officer Advance Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he served in the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas, as an infantry battalion A/S3 and commanded Charlie Company (M1A2), 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, then Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry. Dooghan served in the Project Warrior Program as a mechanized infantry company/team observer/controller at the National Training Center and as a small group instructor and team chief at the Armor Officers’ Advanced Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

    Following Air Command and Staff College, he served as a plans officer in I Corps, an executive officer in 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry, and an executive officer in 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. During Operation Enduring Freedom he served as a brigade executive officer and a military assistant to the Department of State’s senior civilian representative in Kandahar, Afghanistan, (OEF 09-10). He then served as the commander of 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment “Manchus,” at JBLM and Panjwa’i, Afghanistan (OEF 12-13). Following command, Dooghan served as the G5 for the 7th Infantry Division.

    Dooghan served as the Task Force Marne (3rd Infantry Division-Rear) chief of staff and commanded 2nd Brigade “Spartans,” 3rd Infantry Division, at Fort Stewart, Georgia. He deployed in support of the United States Army Africa Regionally Aligned Forces and led the conversion of 2/3 Infantry Division from an infantry brigade combat team to an armored brigade combat team.

    After brigade command, he deployed to Afghanistan to serve as the executive officer for the commander of Resolute Support. He was then selected to serve as commander, 4th Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Carson, Colorado.

    He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration-Marketing from Portland State University, a master’s degree from the Air Command and Staff College, a Masters of Military Art and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), and a master’s in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Michael McMurdy Command Sgt. Maj. Michael McMurdy

    Biography

    Command Sgt. Maj. Michael McMurdy entered the Army Aug. 14, 1996, as a 13B cannon crewmember where he attended Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

    His initial assignment was to the 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), where he served as an advanced party, ammunition team chief, gunner and section chief. He deployed to Kosovo in 2000 in support of 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003-2004.

    Upon redeployment, he served as a drill sergeant and senior drill sergeant at Fort Sill with the 1st Battalion, 40th Field Artillery, from 2004-2006. He was then assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, from 2007-2013. During that time he served as a platoon sergeant, Firing and Headquarters Battery first sergeant, operations sergeant major for 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, and interim battalion command sergeant major for 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, all within 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team and 2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, both with the 2nd Infantry Division. This assignment included deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) 2009-2010 and 2012.

    McMurdy attended the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 64 at Fort Bliss, Texas, from 2013-2014, and was assigned as the battalion command sergeant major for 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), from 2015-2016. He was then selected to serve as the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, command sergeant major from 2016-2018, until his present assignment as the 4th Security Force Assistance Brigade command sergeant major at Fort Carson.

    He completed his Associate of Arts degree from Thomas Edison State University, New Jersey, and Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University, Washington.

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