Col. Robert G. Born, Brigade Commander
Col. Robert G. Born graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry June 1, 1996. Upon completion of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne School and Ranger School, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York, where he served as a rifle and scout platoon leader. He next served in the Third Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard, at Fort Myer, Virginia, as the A Company executive officer and Regimental S-1.
Upon completion of the Infantry Captain Career Course in July 2001, he was assigned to the United Nations Command Security Battalion-Joint Security Area, Republic of Korea, where he served as the assistant S-3. After returning from Korea, Born was assigned to the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington, where he served as assistant brigade S-3, brigade S-1, rifle company commander and Cavalry Troop commander. While in command in 2004, Born deployed to Mosul, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After Fort Lewis, he served as a small group instructor at the Maneuver Captains Career Course, Fort Benning, Georgia, from 2006-2008.
Upon graduation from the Air Command and Staff College in 2009, Born was assigned to the 4th Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, where he served as the brigade plans officer, the operations officer for the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, and the 4th Brigade operations officer. Both operations assignments included service in Paktika, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He then served as the 4th Brigade deputy commander. After Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Born was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Pacific where he served as the training officer in the G-3, followed by duties as the aide de camp to the commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific.
Born commanded the 2nd Squadron, 13th Cavalry, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, at Fort Bliss, Texas, from 2014-2016. Following command, he attended the National War College in Washington, D.C., with follow-on duty on the Joint Staff, serving in both the Readiness and Indo-Pacific Joint Operations Directorates within the J35.
Born’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (on oak leaf cluster), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Joint Commendation Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, Army Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Joint Staff Identification Badge.
Command Sgt. Maj. Travis K. Thompson
Command Sgt. Maj. Travis K. Thompson enlisted as an infantryman in the United States Army under the Delayed Entry Program Jan. 31, 1995, attending basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia.
His last assignment was as the command sergeant major for 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barrack, Hawaii. Previous assignments include 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, Louisiana; 1st Battalion (Airborne), 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Polk; 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 2nd Battalion, 54th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia; 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning; 1st Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning; 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas; 5th Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, Fort Kobbe, Panama; 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. He has also served three tours in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom III and V, and Operation Inherent Resolve) and one tour in Afghanistan.
He has served in every leadership position in the infantry from team leader through command sergeant major.
His military education includes the Basic Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Jump Master School, Drill Sergeant School, Pathfinder School, Jungle Operations Training Course, Instructor Training Course, Master Resiliency Training Course, First Sergeants Course and U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 65.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device, Bronze Star Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (six oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (five oak leaf clusters), Good Conduct Medal (seventh award), National Defense Service Medal , Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global war on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral 6), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Valorous Unit Award, and the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Drivers Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge and Foreign Airborne awards from Germany and Canada. He is also a member in the Order of St. Maurice, Order of St. Barbara and Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.
He is married and has three children.
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