BIO: Colonel Fernando Guadalupe Jr. graduated from Georgia State University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in business and was commissioned as an Army Aviation officer. His military education includes the Aviation Officer Basic Course and Aviation Officer Advance Course, the Maintenance Test Pilot Course, the Instructor Pilot Course, the Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies with a Masters Degree in Theater Strategy, and the Eisenhower School at the Nation Defense University with a Master of Science Degree.
His military assignments include serving as Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment (AASLT), 25th Infantry Division (Light), Wheeler Army Airfield, HI; Logistics Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Company Commander (deployed to Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)), 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (AASLT), 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Giebelstadt, Germany; Operations Officer, Company Commander, and Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion, 210th Aviation Regiment, 110th Aviation Brigade, Fort Rucker, AL; Division Planner (during OIF 08-09), 10th Mountain Division (Light), Baghdad, Iraq; Operations Officer and Executive Officer, 3rd Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, KS; Deputy Commanding Officer (deployed to Iraq during OIF 10-11), 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division; Assistant Chief of Staff and G3 Aviation Officer, 1st Infantry Officer; Commander, 2-916th Aviation Battalion; Chief of Doctrine and Tactics, United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker, AL; Resolute Support Mission Director of Staff, NATO Headquarters; and Brigade Commander, Leader Training Brigade, Fort Jackson, SC.
COL Guadalupe’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with “V” Device, the NATO medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Master Aviator Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. He has also been awarded the Orders of Saint Michael and Saint Christopher.
BIO: Command Sergeant Major Philip B. Blaisdell enlisted in the United States Army on 30 November 1992. He completed Basic Training and Advance Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Benning, GA, as an Infantryman (11B). During his career, Command Sergeant Major Blaisdell has served in every leadership position from Rifle Team Leader to Command Sergeant Major.
Command Sergeant Major Blaisdell’s unit assignments include: Alpha Company, 1-509th Parachute Infantry Regiment (Airborne), Fort Polk, LA, where he served as a Rifleman; Bravo Company, 1/503rd Infantry Regiment (AASLT), 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Korea, where he served as an Infantry Rifle Team Leader; Alpha, Charlie, HHC, 2/505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC, where he served as both a Rifle and Scout Squad Leader; 4th Ranger Training Battalion, Fort Benning, GA, where he served as a United States Army Ranger School Instructor; Bravo Company, 1-502nd Infantry Regiment (AASLT), 101st ABN Division where he served as Rifle Platoon Sergeant as well as the Battalion Scout Platoon Sergeant; Delta and Bravo Company, 2/502nd Infantry Regiment (AASLT), 101st Airborne Division as a Rifle Company First Sergeant; HHC 1-507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning GA where he served as a First Sergeant at the United States Army Airborne School; HHC 3-509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, AK, where he served as an HHC First Sergeant and Operations Sergeant Major; HHC 2-22 Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division where he served as Operation Sergeant Major; 3-13th Infantry, Fort Jackson, SC, where he served as the Battalion Command Sergeant Major.
Command Sergeant Major Blaisdell’s military training includes: Basic Airborne Parachutist Course; Warrior Leaders Course; Emergency Medical Technician Course; Basic Instructor Training Course; Jumpmaster School; Advanced Leaders Course; Air Assault School; US Army Ranger School; Senior Leaders Course; and he is a graduate of Class 63 of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.
His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal with the “V” Device and three oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters Army Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal eight oak leaf clusters, National Defense Medal with Bronze Star, Kosovo Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, Iraqi Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Korea Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral four, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters , NATO Medal, Multinational Force and Observer Medal, German Parachutist Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Combat and Expert Infantryman Badges, and the Ranger Tab.