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
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
LTC Derek R. Noel
A native of Gettysburg, PA, Lieutenant Colonel Derek Noel commissioned through ROTC as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry in 2003. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and a master’s degree from George Washington University. LTC Noel’s most recent assignment was as Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director, Joint Staff in Washington, DC.
LTC Noel’s previous operational assignments include Rifle Platoon Leader, Anti-Armor Platoon Leader, Rifle Company Executive Officer, Battalion Logistics Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer in 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division (Ft. Bragg) from 2004-2007; Battalion Operations Officer and Rifle Company Commander in 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division (Joint Base Lewis McCord) from 2008-2011; Battalion Executive Officer in 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry from 2014-2016 and Brigade Operations Officer in 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division (Ft. Bragg) from 2016-2017. Additionally, LTC Noel completed the Army Congressional Fellowship from 2011-2014 and served as both the Army’s Legislative Liaison for Personnel Matters and Legislative Assistant to the Vice Chief of Staff, Army.
LTC Noel’s combat deployments include Operation Enduring Freedom (2004) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2006-2007, 2009-2010).
LTC Noel’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (1 Silver and 1 Bronze Oak Leaf cluster), the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Stars), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the German Parachutist Badge. LTC Noel is also a General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award recipient.
LTC Noel is married to Major Cassandra Perkins.