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173RD Airborne Brigade Commander

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

173RD Airborne Brigade Sergeant Major
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CSM Bryan S. O'neal


Command Sergeant Major Bryan O’Neal is a native of Page, Arizona.  He enlisted in the Army in June 2003 and completed One Station Unit Training as an Infantryman from Fort Benning, GA.

CSM O’Neal has held numerous positions from Rifleman to Operation’s Sergeant.  He has served as a Riflemen, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Ranger Instructor/Senior Instructor Writer, Rifle Company First Sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Company First Sergeant, Senior Enlisted Advisor to a BG, Squadron Operations Sergeant, and as the Operations Sergeant for the 1st BDE 11th Airborne Division.

CSM O’Neal’s stateside assignments include Fort Benning, GA, Fort Lewis WA, and Fort Bliss, TX.  He has also completed two overseas assignments at Fort Wainwright, AK and one overseas tour to with the Head Quarters, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC) in Gloucester, United Kingdom. CSM O’Neal has deployed several times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).

CSM O’Neal’s military education includes the completion of the Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Sergeants Major Academy, Airborne School, Ranger Indoctrination Program, Ranger School, Combatives level I, Pathfinder School, The Cold Weather Leader Course, Battle Staff, Basic Instructor Training Course, Tactical Certification Course, Jumpmaster School, and SBCT Leaders Course. His civilian education includes an Associate of Science Degree from Vincennes University.

CSM O’Neal’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star with OLC; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with two OLC, Army Commendation Medal w/ three OLC, Joint Achievement Service Medal; Army Achievement Medal w/ one SLC and four OLC, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Ranger Tab.  CSM O’Neal is also a member of the Order of Saint George