505th Parachute Infantry Regiment
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division
Colonel Michael R. Fenzel was commissioned an infantry officer in 1989 from the John Hopkins University. Received a Master degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and earned a PhD in National Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School. Colonel Fenzel served as a rifle platoon leader, scout platoon leader and company executive officer in the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, including service through Desert Shield and Storm. He served as a weapons platoon leader and rifle platoon leader in 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and subsequently served as the aide-de-camp to the Deputy Commanding General of Fort Benning. He then served as a Battalion S4, Rifle Company Commander, and Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander in Vicenza, Italy for 3/325th Airborne Battalion Combat Team which was reflagged 1st Battalion (Airborne), 508th Infantry Regiment, including service as company commander through Operation Assured Response defending the US Embassy in Liberia (1996).
Colonel Fenzel served as a strategist and policy analyst in the Department of the Army's Office of Strategy and Policy (Strategic Concepts Division), Director for Transnational Threats and Director for Combating Terrorism at the National Security Council (NSC) on the White House staff (2000-01). Brigade S4 for the 173rd Airborne Brigade and then Executive Officer for 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment through Operation Iraqi Freedom I (2003-04). Deputy G3 for the Southern European Task Force and Deputy J3 for Combined Joint Task Force76 for Operation Enduring Freedom (2004-05). Deputy Brigade Commander for 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan (2005-06). He was the Battalion Commander for the 173rd Airborne Brigade's 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, including Operation Enduring Freedom VIII-IX (2006-08). Most recently he commanded the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division (2010) until its attachment to TRADOC.
Colonel Fenzel's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with V-device, Bronze Star (3awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Army Commendation Medal with V-device, Army Commendation Medal (5 awards), Master Parachutist Badge with Combat Jump Star, Combat Infantryman's Badge (2nd award), Ranger Tab, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Douglas MacArthur leadership award, Presidential Service Badge, and White House Fellowship.
Colonel Fenzel is married to the former Lisa Campeau of Montreal, Quebec. They have 4 children, Marcus (8), Christopher (7), Sara (4), and Ellie (2).
Command Sergeant Major Brian Severino enlisted in the United States Army in October of 1987. His previous assignments include 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC;Operations Sergeant Major, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC; First Sergeant HHC, 82nd Airborne Division, HHC, 2-504 PIR and Bravo Company 3-504 PIR, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC; Platoon Sergeant, Alpha Company, 2-504 PIR, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC; Detachment Sergeant TANGO Security Force, 8th Army at Yongsan, Korea; Senior Ranger Instructor, 4th Ranger Training Battalion at Ft Benning, GA, and the 3rd Battalion, 11th IN Regt (OCS) Command Sergeant Major out of Fort Benning, GA. Command Sergeant Major Severino most recently served as the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 508th IN Regt, 82nd Airborne Division, Ft Bragg, North Carolina.
Command Sergeant Major Severino is a graduate of all NCOES courses from Primary Leadership Development Course to the United States Sergeants Major Academy. Command Sergeant Major Severino has also completed Airborne School, Jumpmaster Course, Air Assault Course, Ranger Course, Total Army Instructor Course and the First Sergeant's Course.
Command Sergeant Major Severino has a bachelor of Science from Troy University.
Command Sergeant Major Severino's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3rd Award), Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Army Good Conduct Award (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal (BSS), Korea Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2BSS), Iraqi Campaign Medal (2BSS), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead device, Global War on Terror Service Medal, NATO Medal, Army Superior Unit Award. CSM Severino has also earned his Expert Infantryman's Badge, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Master Parachutist Badge with bronze star, Air Assault Badge, and Ranger Tab. His foreign awards include German, Canadian Parachutist Badge, German Fitness Badge (Silver), German Army Forces Badge for Weapons Proficiency (Silver).
Command Sergeant Major Severino has three children and four grandchildren. One of his sons is currently assigned as a medic to 5th SF Group, Ft Campbell, KY.