Colonel John David Branch
Colonel John D. Branch (Dave), a native of Glennville, Georgia, began his Army career in 1989, as an enlisted Georgia Guardsman. Commissioned Active Duty Army as an Armor Officer, His first troop assignment was in the First Calvary Division, Fort Hood, Texas, as an Armor Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and as an Intelligence Operations Officer.
After completing transition into the Military Intelligence Corps in 1997, Colonel Branch served two years in South Korea in the 751st Military Intelligence Battalion, currently flagged as the 719th MI Battalion. In Korea, he served as the Deputy Operations Officer for Training and Operations and then commanded the Signals Operations Company for Field Station Korea, Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Following company command, Colonel Branch moved to Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and served as the Criminal Investigation Division Senior Intelligence Officer and subsequently as the Headquarters Detachment commander. In these roles at Fort Belvoir following the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, Colonel Branch became part of the multi-agency Pentagon Response Task Force. Upon completion of his tour at CID, Colonel Branch moved to Human Resources Command, serving as an Assignment Officer for MI Army Captains. While at HRC, Colonel Branch deployed to Iraq to serve as part of the CJTF-7 Joint Intelligence Cell.
After selection to major and completion of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Colonel Branch relocated to Fort Gordon, Georgia, and immediately stepped in as the Operations Officer for the deploying Task Force Lightning (Multi-Intelligence Battalion) of the 513th MI Brigade. He served in that role for the 2006-2007 deployment to Afghanistan, employing unit intelligence assets across 30 locations throughout the country. Upon return from deployment, Colonel Branch became the Intelligence Fusion Chief and then served as the 513th MI Brigade S3 Operations Officer until the summer of 2009, when he transitioned to the Army G2 Intelligence Staff.
During his tenure on the Army G2 Intelligence Staff, Colonel Branch led efforts to improve Human Intelligence and Counterintelligence Training at home station and in preparation for unit deployments. In July 2010, Colonel Branch was selected as the senior Army representative to serve on the Secretary of Defense-directed Information Review Task Force in response to WikiLeaks disclosure of classified Department of Defense information.
Colonel Branch commanded the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Gordon, Georgia, from 2011-2013; he then served as the Torch Party Officer for Army Cyber Commandís stand-up of Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber, in Georgia. A 2015 graduate of the Army War College Senior Service Collegeís Fellowship Program at NSA, Colonel Branch recently completed deployment as the Deputy CJ2 for Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.
Colonel Branch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from North Georgia College and a Master of Science degree from Central Michigan University.
Command Sergeant Major Sheldon Chandler Jr.
Command Sergeant Major Sheldon W. Chandler Jr. is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and enlisted in the Army in February 1992, as a heavy weapons armor infantryman, MOS 11H.
Command Sergeant Major Chandlerís assignments include heavy weapons infantryman and section leader, 1st Battalion 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division; team leader, 101st Airborne Division Honor Guard; intelligence sergeant, G2 Assault Command Post and G2 Operations, 101st Airborne Division; requirements management NCOIC, Joint Interagency Task Force-South (Republic of Panama); collection management NCOIC, Joint Interagency Task Force-East; battalion intelligence sergeant, 1st Battalion (ATK), 82nd AVN Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division; intelligence production section NCOIC, 313th MI Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division; analysis and control element NCOIC, 313th MI Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division; deployable intelligence support element NCOIC, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (TF Panther), 82nd Airborne Division; course manager and senior instructor, Intelligence Analysis Course, Joint Military Intelligence Training Center, Defense Intelligence Agency; first sergeant, U.S. Army Element, Defense Intelligence Agency; first sergeant, Company A, 205th MI Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, battalion operations sergeant, 205th MI Battalion; G2 sergeant major, U.S. Division-North (Iraq) and 3rd Infantry Division; and G2 sergeant major, 5th Theater Signal Command, Germany. His most recent assignment was as the battalion command sergeant major for the 502d Military Intelligence Battalion, 201st BfSB.
Command Sergeant Major Chandler has deployed in support of operations in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as many countries in support of counter-drug operations.
Command Sergeant Major Chandlerís military education includes One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, Intelligence Analyst Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course, First Sergeants Course, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 60), Airborne Course, Jumpmaster Course, Air Assault Course, Instructor Training Course, Force Management Course for Sergeants Major, and the Command Sergeant Major Legal Course. Command Sergeant Major Chandler possesses an Associates of Arts Degree in Intelligence Operations and a Bachelorís of Science Degree in Business Administration.
Command Sergeant Major Chandlerís awards and decorations are the Bronze Star Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with five oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), Army Good Conduct Medal (seventh award), Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral four, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal (third award), NATO Defense Medal, Joint Military Unit Award (second award), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award (second award), Expert Infantrymanís Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and German Parachutist Badge.
Command Sergeant Major Chandler was also the Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, 101st Airborne Division, as well as a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.