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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

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

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LTC Travis N. Toole

Lieutenant Colonel Travis N. Toole is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio.  LTC Toole was commissioned in the United States Army Corps of Engineers on June 25, 2005 from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science/Pre Law.  He holds a Masters of Professional Studies (MPS) from George Washington University, a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from Webster University, and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

LTC Toole started his Army career at Fort Wainwright, Alaska where he served as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in the 562nd Engineer Company, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.  The unit reflagged as 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, and LTC Toole served as the Battalion Operations Officer for the Brigade Troops Battalion.  After his time in Alaska, LTC Toole served as the Company Commander for the 34th Engineer Company, 65th Engineer Battalion at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.  LTC Toole was selected as a 2014 Army Congressional Fellow.  LTC Toole served as a Military Legislative Assistant (MLA) to Congressman Sam Farr in the House of

Representatives.  Subsequently, LTC Toole served as an Army Congressional Budget Liaison to the House and Senate Military Construction Appropriations Committees while serving in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management and Comptroller (ASA (FM&C)).

From 2017 – 2020, LTC Toole served in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Liberty, North Carolina.  After serving on Division Staff as the G35, LTC Toole became the Operations Officer for the 37th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.  LTC Toole then served as the Brigade Executive Officer for the Falcon Brigade.  After completing his key developmental time at Fort Liberty, LTC Toole served as the Aide de Camp to the Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington DC.  Following his tour in Washington DC, LTC Toole was assigned to the U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) Logistics Directorate (J4) as an Engineer Operations Officer in Stuttgart, Germany.

LTC Toole’s operational deployments include three combat deployments to Iraq (2006, 2008, and 2011).  His decorations include the Combat Action Badge, Ranger and Sapper Tabs, Senior Parachutist Badge, and the Pathfinder Badge.

LTC Toole is the proud father of Nathaniel (3) and Claire (2), and is married to Krysta Toole of Overland Park, Kansas.