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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Command Sgt. Maj. J.D. Dyon

Command Sgt. Maj. J.D. Dyon enlisted as an infantryman in the United States Army Aug. 14, 1998, in Modesto, California. He attended Infantry One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He served in every leadership position in the infantry from team leader to first sergeant.

His previous assignments include 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Conn Barracks, Germany; 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado; 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; 5th Ranger Training Battalion, Dahlonega, Georgia;  2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss Texas. His deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) I-II, VII-VIII; Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) V, VI-VII.

His military schools and education consist of Basic Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, First Sergeants Course, United States Army Sergeants Major Course, Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officers Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Jumpmaster School, Mountain Warfare School, Pathfinder School, Sapper School, Ranger School, Tactics Certification Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Air Movement Course, Asynchronous Distributive Learning Course and Common Faculty Development-Instructor Course. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College, and a Master of Arts in Leader Studies from University of Texas in El Paso.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with six oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal four oak leaf clusters, Presidential Unit Citation Award, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation with one oak leaf cluster, Army Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal with six knots, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with four Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (five awards), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (four awards), NATO Medal, Sapper Tab, Ranger Tab, Basic Army Instructor Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Senior Parachutists Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge. He is also a Sergeant Audie Murphy Club inductee.

CSM Dyon is married to Josie Dyon and has two daughters and one son.