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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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CSM Anibaba T. Olanrewaju

CSM Anibaba T. Olanrewaju, from Long Beach, California joined the United States Army in July 1998 and completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He completed Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Eisenhower, Georgia and reclassified to 94E (Radio Equipment Repairer) in April 1999. In June 1999, he completed Airborne Training at Fort Benning, Georgia.

CSM Anibaba has served as a Senior Communication Security (COMSEC)/Radio Technician, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Training NCO, Platoon Sergeant, Operations NCO, Quality Assurance Technical Inspector, AIT Course Instructor/Writer, AIT Course NCOIC, Electronic Maintenance Supervisor, Rear Detachment Commander, Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant, and S4 Sergeant Major.

His stateside assignments include 82nd Signal Battalion, Fort Liberty, North Carolina, 302nd Signal Battalion, Fort Detrick, Maryland, 73rd Ordnance Battalion, Fort Eisenhower, Georgia, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, and Air Traffic Services Command, Fort Novosel, Alabama. His overseas assignments include 596th Maintenance Company, Germany. His deployments include Iraq, Kuwait, and Jordan.

CSM Anibaba’s military education includes Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear; Air Mobility Operations; Army Substance Abuse Program; Hazardous Material; Combative Level 2; Army Basic Instructor Course; NCO Battle Staff; Master Fitness; Jumpmaster Course; Sexual Harassment Assault Response and Prevention; Operational Contractor Support Course; Capabilities Development; Support Operations Phase 2; Company Commander/First Sergeant Pre-Command Course. He is a selectee of the Sergeants Major Academy Class 71, a graduate of non-resident class 48, and the Battalion Pre-Command Course.

CSM Anibaba’s civilian education includes an Associate of Science in Mathematics from Frederick Community College. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Trident University International and a Master of Business Administration with a minor in Logistics from Trident University International.

CSM Anibaba’s awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award), Army Commendation Medal (9th Award), Army Achievement Medal (10th Award), Army Meritorious Unit Commendation award, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global war on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global war on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Driver/Mechanic Badge, Marksmanship Qualification Badge (Pistol), the Canadian, and German Army Parachutist Badges. He is also a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

CSM Anibaba is married to his wife Charlene and has two children, Charles, and Michele.