505th Parachute Infantry Regiment
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division
Colonel Curtis A. Buzzard was commissioned an infantry officer in 1992 from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, he received a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a Masters Degree in Military Science from the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College.
Colonel Buzzard served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Support Platoon Leader, and Battalion S3 Air in the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He later served as the Brigade S3 Air. He was then assigned to the Opposing Forces at the National Training Center and served as the Battalion Assistant Operations Officer and Company Commander in 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Next, he was assigned to the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), where he again served as a Battalion Assistant Operations Officer and Company Commander.
After graduate school, Colonel Buzzard served as a strategist and policy analyst in the Army G3 Strategy, Plans and Policy Directorate in the Pentagon beginning in 2002 and later attended the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College. Subsequently, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment as the Battalion Operations Officer and then Battalion Executive Officer, to include a combat deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was then selected to serve as the Army Military Aide to the President, serving for President Bush and President Obama. He returned to command 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in 2010, and while serving on the Global Response Force mission, the battalion was alerted and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Afghanistan. Then, he was selected to serve as a US Army War College Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. In June 2013, he was reassigned to the 82nd Airborne Division and most recently served as the G3, Division Operations Officer.
Colonel Buzzard’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (6 awards), Army Commendation Medal (3 awards), Master Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Air Assault Badge, Presidential Service Badge, and Army Staff Badge.
Command Sergeant Major Kenneth B. Johnson enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1991, where he completed Infantry One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. His military education includes all levels of the Noncommissioned Officers Education System, culminating as a graduate of Class 62 of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. CSM Johnson’s military education includes Airborne School, Air Assault School, 82nd Airborne Division’s Jumpmaster Course, Air Movement Officers Course, Army Combative Instructors Course, Javelin and Machine Gun Leaders Course, Army Profession and Ethics Trainer Course, and the Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course.
CSM Johnson’s assignments include duty with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Brigades of the 82nd Airborne Division, 1-508th Airborne Battalion Combat Team, 173rd Airborne Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and the UNCSF-JSA, Korea. He has served in the infantry as a Fire Team Leader, Rifle Squad Leader, Weapons Squad Leader, Rifle Platoon Sergeant, Assault Platoon Sergeant, Rifle Company First Sergeant, Headquarters Company First Sergeant, Command Sergeant Major of the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment; Senior Enlisted Advisor of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command- Operation Inherent Resolve (Kurdistan Region of Operations) and staff assignments as Battalion and Brigade Air Operations NCOIC and Battalion Operations Sergeant Major.
CSM Johnson has operational deployments to Panama, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Haiti, five combat deployments to Iraq, and one combat deployment to Afghanistan.
CSM Johnson’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC); the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC); the Army Commendation Medal (6 OLC); the Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC); the Good Conduct Medal (7th Award); the National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Star); the Kosovo Campaign Medal (with Bronze Star); the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with Bronze Star); the Iraqi Campaign Medal (with 4 Bronze Stars); the GWOTEM; the GWOTSM; the Korean Defense Service Medal; the Humanitarian Service Medal; the Armed Forces Service Medal; the Noncommissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbon (with Numeral 4); the Army Service Ribbon; the Overseas Service Ribbon; the NATO Medal; the Combat Infantryman’s Badge; the Expert Infantryman’s Badge; the Master Parachutists Badge; the Air Assault Badge; the Presidential Unit Citation; the Valorous Unit Award (3 OLC); the Meritorious Unit Commendation; the Army Superior Unit Award (1 OLC); the German Parachutist Badge; the Brazilian Parachutist Badge; the Dutch Parachutist Badge; the Danish Parachutist Badge; and the Tunisian Parachutist Badge. Additionally, CSM Johnson has been inducted into the Order of Saint Maurice (Centurion).