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
Lieutenant Colonel Sean R. Shields
Lieutenant Colonel Sean R. Shields most recent assignment was as Assessments Chief on the Army's Talent Management Task Force in the Pentagon. LTC Shields received his commission rom the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 2001. He is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses as well as the College of Naval Command and Staff, Newport, Rhode Island.
LTC Shields served in the 82nd Airborne Division, the 1st Infantry Division, the 75th Ranger Regiment, Special Operations Joint Task Force - Afghanistan / NATO Special Operations Component Command - Afghanistan, and as an Army Staff Officer in Headquarters, Department of the Army.
LTC Shields' notable assignments include Executive Officer to the Commanding General of Special Operations Joint Task Force - Afghanistan / NATO Special Operations Component Command - Afghanistan; Regimental Engineer for 75th Ranger Regiment; Battalion and Brigade Executive Officers in 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division; Company Commander for Alpha Company, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division; and Company Executive Officer and Platoon Leaders in the 307th Engineer Battalion (ABN) 82nd Airborne Division.
LTC Shields' peacekeeping deployment included Operation Unified Response, Haiti in 2010 and the domestic response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, both with the 82nd Airborne Division. His combat deployments include one deployment to Iraq during the initial assault with 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division; and four deployments to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Infantry Division, and Special Operations Joint Task Force - Afghanistan. He also deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve.
LTC Shields is married to the former Adrienne Elizabeth Acosta from North Carolina, and they have one son: Little Sean (4)