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505th Parachute Infantry Regiment
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division


COL Fenzel


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.

 



CSM

Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel L. Gustafson entered military service in July 1982 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, as a combat engineer. He left active duty in May 1992 and served with the New York State National Guard. In October 1998, he returned to active duty and was reclassified as an armor crewman.

Command Sgt. Maj. Gustafson has held numerous leadership positions which include: tank gunner, tank commander, company master gunner, battalion operations NCO, platoon sergeant and first sergeant. His previous assignment was the command sergeant major for the 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

 

His assignments include: 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 27th Engineer Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 317th Engineer Battalion, Camp Eschborn, Germany; 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; and The Armor Task Force, Camp Shelby, Mississippi.

 

Throughout his career Command Sgt. Maj. Gustafson has pursued civilian and military education and training. He has completed Basic Airborne School, Air Assault School, Sapper Leader Course, Abrams Master Gunner Course, Master Fitness Course and Jumpmaster School. He has attended and graduated all levels of the NCOES to include The United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class #61. He holds an associate degree in business administrative management from Excelsior College.

 

Command Sgt. Maj. Gustafson’s awards and decorations include the following: Bronze Star Medal (3rd Award), Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award), Army Commendation Medal (4th Award), Army Achievement Medal (8th Award), Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Oversea Service Ribbon (3rd Award), NATO Medal (3rd Award), Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Sapper Tab and the German Parachutist Badge. He is a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Association, a recipient of the Order of Saint George (Bronze Medallion) and the Major General Aubrey “Red” Newman Leadership Award.

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