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LTC Mark E. Parsons

LTC Parsons was commission as Second Lieutenant in March 1995 with a Bachelors Degree in Economics from “The” Ohio State University.  His first assignments included stints as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer (XO) operating petroleum pipelines and petroleum terminals in the 240th QM BN, 49th Group Fort Lee, Virginia.   During that time he deployed to Balkans, where he was part of the Sub Area Petroleum Office managing the fuel for U.S. forces in Hungary, Croatia, and Bosnia.

In 1999, then CPT Parsons moved to Hanau, Germany where he became the Battalion S2/3 followed by Company Command of the HHC, 18th Corps Support Battalion.  During this time CPT Parsons deployed to Macedonia to support operations in Kosovo and operated the deployment processing center at Rhine Ordnance Barracks.

Following Command, he served as the Assistant S-3 of 16th Group (Sustainment Brigade), before moving to his next assignment as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Toledo, Ohio from 2001 to 2004. 

In 2005, then MAJ Parsons deployed to Kuwait for 12 months and served as the Water and Petroleum Chief for CFLCC C4 working with the 475th QM Group, and Third Army, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.  

After re-deployment and Command and General Staff College, he moved to Fort Knox, Kentucky and worked as Supply & Service Officer in the Support Operations section of the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, deploying with them to Ballad, Iraq in 2007, for 14 months coordinating logistics for Coalition Forces in Iraq with 5 Sustainment Brigades and 2 Brigade Combat Teams providing route security.    
In 2009, then MAJ Parsons redeployed to Fort Knox, and transferred to the 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division where he served as the Support Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer.  In 2010, the unit deploy to Salerno, Afghanistan for 12 months where he served as the XO then the Brigade S4 for redeployment and reset.     

In 2012, after being promoted to Lieutenant Colonel he moved to Fort Shafter, Hawaii and served in his most recent position the Assistant Chief of Staff, G5, Chief of Plans for the 8th Theater Sustainment Command.   

LTC Parsons’ military education includes the Quartermaster Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms Staff Services School, and the Command and General Staff College. He has also graduated from the Petroleum Officer Course, Mortuary Affairs Officer Course, and attended the Army’s Airborne, Air Assault, and Rigger Schools.

LTC Parsons’ military awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Service Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC),  Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal w/ Bronze Service Star, Kosovo Campaign Medal w/ Bronze Service Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ 2 Campaign Stars, Iraq Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon w/ Numeral 4, and the NATO Medal.



Command Sergeant Major James (Jay) Austin Shuman

Command Sergeant Major Jay Shuman originally hails from Lincoln, Nebraska. He enlisted in the Army on 16 October 1985 and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Upon completion of training he attended Advanced Individual Training at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama and was awarded the MOS of 55R, Ammunition Stock Control and Accounting Specialist.
                                                                                                                                 CSM Shuman’s previous assignments include:
Ammunition Stock Records Specialist, HHT 1-17th Air Cavalry, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC; Squad leader, HHC 82nd Aviation Brigade, Fort Bragg, NC; Ammunition Stock Records NCO and Ammunition Supply Point NCOIC, United States Army Garrison, Fort Wainwright, AK; Group Ammunition Sergeant, Group Support Company, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Lewis, WA; Observer/Controller Team NCO, 5th Brigade Ground Forces Readiness Enhancement Team, Fort Leavenworth, KS; Ammunition Manager, 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne); Platoon Sergeant, 23rd Ordnance Company, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Germany; Senior Training Developer/Writer, CASCOM, Fort Lee, VA; First Sergeant, 23rd Ordnance Company, Germany; First Sergeant, 5th Quartermaster Company, Germany; Military Transition Team Advisor; Fort Riley, KS; Munitions Branch SGM, 21st TSC SPO, 21st TSC, Germany; G-3 Sergeant Major, 21st TSC, Germany.
                                                                                                                             Deployments include Bosnia (1998, 2000) and  Kosovo (1999) as the Ammunition Manager 1-10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Macedonia (ISO Kosovo 2001) as a Platoon Sergeant for the 23rd Ordnance Company, and to Operation Iraqi Freedom (2008-2009) as the advisor for the Iraqi Sergeant Major of the Army.
CSM Shuman’s military education includes: Warrior Leadership Course, Advance Leadership Course, Senior Leadership Course, Master Fitness Trainers Course, Total Army Instructors Course, Air Assault School, Airborne School, Jump Master School, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.

CSM Shuman ’s military awards include: Bronze Star Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal(5th OLC), Army Commendation Medal(3rd OLC), Army Achievement Medal(6th OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal(9th Award), National Defense Service Medal w/Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal,, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon w/Numeral 4, Armed Forces Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon w/ Numeral 5, Drivers Badge, Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, and the Master Parachutist Badge.