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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CSM Asgar Kamaludeen

Command Sergeant Major Asgar Kamaludeen was born in Parika, Guyana and later immigrated to Queens, New York in 1995.  He entered the Army on the 14th of February 2001 where he attended and completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, GA. He graduated Advance Individual Training at Fort Jackson, SC as a 91B Wheel Vehicle Mechanic.

Command Sergeant Major Kamaludeen has served in various leadership positions during his service to include, Motor Sergeant, Shop Foreman, Maintenance Control Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, S3 Operations Sergeant, G4 Maintenance Sergeant Major and J4 Sergeant Major. The highlight of his career has been serving as a First Sergeant for three separate Companies including FSC, 37th BEB, 2/82nd ABN DIV, D TRP, 1-91 CAV, 173rd ABN BDE, and H CO, 1-21st INF, 2/25th ID. CSM Kamaludeen has deployed on multiple combat, contingency, and humanitarian operations in support U.S. national interests to Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq), Operation New Dawn (Iraq), Operation Atlantic Resolve (Eastern Europe), Operation Fearless Guardian (Ukraine), Operation Unified Response (Haiti), and Operation Freedoms Sentinel (Afghanistan).

Command Sergeant Major Kamaludeen’s awards and decorations include: The Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Campaign Star), Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 8), NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Italian, German, and Moldavian Parachutist Badges.

He is a graduate of Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Air Assault School, SERE Level C, Battle Staff NCO Course and all levels of NCOES to include the United State Army Sergeant Major Academy (USASMA).

Command Sergeant Major Kamaludeen is married to Mrs. Melanie Kamaludeen and has three children, Aleena (15), Alexzander (10), and Atticus (6).