173RD Airborne Brigade Commander

 

 COL Ken Burgess received his commission through ROTC as a Distinguished Military Graduate from James Madison University, Harrison, VA in 1997. He previously commanded the 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, and 1st Battalion, 325 Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division Ft. Bragg, NC. From Joint Staff as an Africa Counterterrorism Operations Officer and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director for the Special Operations and Counterterrorism (DDSO/CT), J37. The Chairmen of Joint Chiefs of Staff awarded him the 2013 Joint Staff Action Officer of the Year. Throughout his career, COL Burgess served in multiple leadership and staff positions, including two Company Commands in the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, and a tour in the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized). He has numerous combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. COL Ken Burgess is a recent Distinguished Graduate from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA, with a Master of Strategic Studies and he holds a Master of Science Degree in Defense Analysis (Special Operations and Low Intensity conflict) from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. COL Ken Burgess is married to the former Amy Schroeder of Maryland Line, Maryland and has two wonderful children, Grey (11), and Ella (8). He is the son of Captain (USN ret) Kenneth and Evelyn Burgess of Broad Run, Virginia.

 

  Col. Kenneth Burgess
     173RD Airborne Brigade, Brigade Commander

 

 

 

 

173RD Airborne Brigade Sergeant Major

CSM Christopher D. Clapin entered active duty service on 7 January, 1998. His first duty assignment was with Alpha Company, 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, GA where he served in every duty position from Rifleman through Rife Platoon Sergeant.

CSM Clapin’s previous assignments include: Air Operations NCO, 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; Rifle Platoon Sergeant, Alpha Company, 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; Liaison NCO, HQ, 75th Ranger Regiment; Special Operations Forces Exchange Non-Commissioned Officer, United Kingdom; Operations NCO, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; First Sergeant, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; First Sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; Operations Sergeant Major, 75th Ranger Regimental Special Troops Battalion; Command Sergeant Major, 75th Ranger Regimental Military Intelligence Battalion; and Command Sergeant Major, 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

CSM Clapin’s awards and decorations include the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Master Parachutist’s Badge with Combat Star, the Bronze Star Medal w/5 OLC, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal w/4 OLC, the Joint Service Commendation Medal w/OLC, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal w/2 Silver OLC, the Army Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/3 campaign stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal w/4 Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal w/Bronze Arrowhead, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon w/numeral 5, the Overseas Service Ribbon (6th Award), and the NATO Medal. Since October 2001, CSM Clapin has deployed 17 times in support of numerous combat operations across the CENTCOM AOR.

CSM Clapin is a graduate of the United States Special Operations Command Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy (JSOFSEA), the U.S. Army Sergeant’s Major Course, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Eastern Washington University. CSM Clapin is married to Mrs. Jane Clapin of Taunton, MA.

  CSM Christopher D. Clapin
     173RD Airborne Brigade, Brigade Command Sergeant Major

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1-503RD COMMANDER

Lieutenant Colonel Kitefre K. Oboho

Lieutenant Colonel Kitefre K. Oboho graduated from the University of North Georgia and received his commission as an Infantry Officer in 2002. LTC Oboho’s first duty assignment was to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, Fort Campbell, KY where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. LTC Oboho then served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

After the Infantry Captain’s Career Course, LTC Oboho served with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd BDE, 1st ID at Fort Hood, TX as a Company Commander in support of a deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Following the deployment, LTC Oboho reported to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment where he served as the S1 and Company Commander from 2010-2014. LTC Oboho deployed multiple times to Afghanistan as an Operations Officer and Ground Force Commander with the 2nd Ranger Battalion. 

In 2015, LTC Oboho earned a master’s degree in Defense Analysis (Irregular Warfare) while assigned to the Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterey, CA as part of the Special Operational Low Intensity Conflict Program.  Following graduation, LTC Oboho served as the Operations Officer, and Executive Officer in 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA from 2015-2017. From 2017 until April 2019, LTC Oboho served as the Aide de Camp to the Army’s 39th Chief of Staff.

LTC Oboho’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab

LTC Oboho is married to the former Ms. Kai Hawkins from Decatur, Georgia and they have two sons, Kope (3) and Karter (2).