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Col. Joshua M. Gaspard
COL Joshua M. Gaspard is originally from Texas. He commissioned as an infantry officer from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2002.
Over the course of his career, Josh has held leadership and staff positions in the 173rd Airborne Brigade, 3rd Brigade Combat Team / 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), 1st Brigade Combat Team / 82nd Airborne Division, Alaskan Command (US Northern Command), 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) / 25th Infantry Division, and the 25th Infantry Division.
In addition, Josh is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and was an academic instructor at the United States Military Academy in the Department of Systems Engineering.
Most recently, Josh graduated from the US Army War College as a Hoover Institution National Security Affairs Fellow at Stanford University.
Josh is married to Andrea Gaspard (West Point 2003 graduate and former Sky Soldier) and they have four children: Penelope (16), Joshua (16), GiGi (14), and Hudson (9).
Col. Joshua M. Gespard
173RD Airborne Brigade, Brigade Commander
CSM Matthew Dale Carlson
Command Sergeant Major Matthew Dale Carlson was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on March 22, 1978. He entered the United States Army in March 1999 and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia.
CSM Carlson has served in various assignments throughout the United States and overseas, to include Alpha Company 3rd Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia; HHC 5th Ranger Training Battalion, Dahlonega, Georgia; 74th Infantry Detachment (Long Range Surveillance), 173RD Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), Charlie Company 1-503RD and HHC 1-503RD , 173RD Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), Vicenza, Italy, Delta Company 4th Ranger Training Battalion (Reconnaissance Surveillance Leaders Course), Fort Benning, Georgia, Able Company and HHC 2-503RD, 173RD Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), Vicenza, Italy, the United States Army Military Academy West Point, New York, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 67, Fort Bliss Texas, HHC 1-509TH (Airborne), Fort Polk, Louisiana and 2nd Battalion 4th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade 10th Mountain Division (Light) Fort Polk, Louisiana, 3rd Squadron 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, Fort Benning, Georgia. He has held leadership positions as a Rifle Team Leader, Long Range Surveillance Assistant Team Leader, Long Range Surveillance Team Leader, Rifle Squad Leader, Rifle Platoon Sergeant, Scout Platoon Sergeant, Ranger Instructor, Rifle Company and HHC First Sergeant, Military Science Instructor, USASMA Student, Operations Sergeant Major, Battalion and Squadron Command Sergeant Major.
His military and civilian education includes Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Course, Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course, Jumpmaster Course, Military Free Fall Parachutist Course, Pathfinder Course, Air Assault Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Combat Advisor Training Course, Basic Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course (Honor Graduate), Sergeants Major Course and numerous other local courses. CSM Carlson has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Military Leadership from Excelsior College and is continuing his educational goals towards a Master’s Degree.
During CSM Carlson’s career he has participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom I, Kirkuk, Iraq; Operation Enduring Freedom VI, Helmand Province, Afghanistan; Operation Enduring Freedom VIII, Bermel, Afghanistan; Operation Enduring Freedom XIII, Wardak, Afghanistan; Operation Atlantic Resolve (Latvia and Lithuania), Customs and Border Protection (Texas and Arizona), Operation Alamo Shield (Colombia). His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3rd Award), the Meritorious Service Medal (6th Award), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor device (4th award) the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 3 bronze stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral five, the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon with numeral six, the NATO Medal with bronze star (Operation Enduring Freedom), the Valorous Unit Award, and the Meritorious Unit Citation with one oak leaf cluster. He has earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab and the British, Hungarian, and Canadian Parachutist Badges.
CSM Carlson is the recipient of the highest award given to foreign military members the “Faith of the Cause Medal” presented by the Sergeant Major of the Colombian Army for his contributions to the National Army of Colombia. CSM Carlson is also a member of the Order of Saint Maurice (Centurion), the Order of Saint George (Bronze), the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, and the 173RD Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) Sigholtz Awardee for 2006. He is married to Martina Piazzon from Padova, Italy.
CSM Matthew Dale Carlson
173RD Airborne Brigade, Brigade Command Sergeant Major
LTC Joe Branch
LTC Joe Branch graduated Clemson University in Clemson, SC in 2005. He commissioned as an Infantry officer through Army ROTC. His first assignment was a Platoon Leader in A Co, 2-325th AIR, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Liberty, NC, where he deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
LTC Branch was then assigned to 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Moore, Ga, where he served as a Ranger Platoon Leader in C Co, 3/75th RGR RGT and as a Ranger Company Executive Officer in B Co, 3/75th RGR RGT. Where, he deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terror.
Following the Maneuver Captains Career Course, LTC Branch was assigned to 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Ga. Here, he completed two Company Commands as the commander for B Co, 1-30th IN and later the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) for 1-30th IN, where he deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terror.
LTC Branch then moved to 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield (HAAF), Ga where he served as the Battalion Logistics Officer (S4) and the B Co, 1/75th RGR RGT Company Commander, deploying multiple times in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.
Following his assignment at HAAF, LTC Branch moved to Washington D.C. to complete ILE as a member of the Joint Interagency Fellowship Program. He worked at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in the Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Directorate.
LTC Branch then served as the Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer in 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), Vicenza, Italy.
Following his time in the 173rd, LTC Branch moved to the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) at Fort Liberty, NC where he served as the 75th Ranger Regiment representative in the USASOC Commanding General’s Commander’s Action Group.
In 2021, LTC Branch transitioned to Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) at Fort Liberty, NC, where he served as a Joint Exercise Planner and the Exercise Division Director.
LTC Branch completed graduate studies in business management through Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA and The Wharton Business School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
LTC Branch is married to the former Amy Hargette of Greenville, SC and they have two sons, Joseph (11) and Beckett (7).