82nd CAB Commander
Colonel Erik Gilbert
Colonel Erik Gilbert is a 3d generation Army officer, native of Miami, FL and a 1991 ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Miami, FL. Colonel Gilbert and his wife Robin have 3 boys.
Colonel Gilbert last served as the Chief of Staff for the US Army Special Operations Aviation Command (USASOAC) at Fort Bragg, NC.
Colonel Gilbert’s previous assignments include OH-58C Aero-Scout Platoon Leader and Squadron S-2 while assigned to the 2d Squadron, 6th Cavalry in Illesheim, Germany; Brigade and Battalion Assistant S-3 during Operation DESERT THUNDER in Kuwait with 3d ID Aviation Brigade at Hunter Army Airfield and Commander of C/2-3 Aviation which included three deployments for OPBAT (Operation Bahamas, Turks, and Caicos) in support of DEA counter narcotics efforts. Following assessment and acceptance into the 160th SOAR (Abn) in 1999, he served as the D/1-160th SOAR (Ft. Campbell) Company Executive Officer, Direct Action Penetrator Platoon Leader, and Company Operations Officer. In 2002 he was promoted to Major and moved back to at Hunter Army Airfield to command A/3-160th SOAR in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM - Afghanistan, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM - Philippines, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and Operation RESTORE DEMOCRACY in Haiti. In 2004, he moved to Ft. Rucker, AL, where he served as the Battalion Executive Officer for 1-145th Aviation Regiment and Brigade Executive Officer for 1st Aviation Brigade. He next served in Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH) at Homestead Air Reserve Base, FL as the Special Operations Rotary Wing Air Planner and deployed in support of Operation WILLING SPIRIT, then as the SOCSOUTH lead for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM - CARIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICA (OEF-CCA) managing air, ground, and maritime SOF in the CCA region, and finally as the Chief of Plans and Policy in the SOCSOUTH J5 before moving to Korea to assume command of 2d Battalion (Assault), 2d Aviation Regiment from 2010 to 2012. Following battalion command COL Gilbert completed the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama where he earned a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies. Following the War College he served for a year as the Commander, Special Mission Wing (SMW) Special Operations Advisory Group (SOAG) for the Special Operations Joint Task Force - Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Colonel Gilbert's awards and badges include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with "V" Device and a numeral two device, Combat Action Badge, Master Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge. He is qualified in the following helicopters: OH-58 A/C, UH-1H, UH60L/M, and MH-60L.
82nd CAB CSM
Command Sergeant Major William Elliott
CSM William (Will) Elliott was born in San Bernardino, California. He entered the Service August 1987 and attended Basic Training at Fort Knox, KY and AIT at Fort Rucker, AL with the MOS of 67V, the OH-58 Observation Scout Helicopter Repairman.
His stateside assignments include: January 1988, assigned to Fort Bragg, NC to the 18th Aviation Brigade, serving as an OH-58A+ Crew Chief. Reassigned, January 1989 thru May 1998, to the 1/82nd Aviation Regiment, 82nd ABN DIV, serving in positions that include Crew Chief, Maintenance Supervisor, Quality Control Technical Inspector and Platoon Sergeant. From June 1999 to October 2004 assigned to 1/82nd AVN REGT, serving as Platoon Sergeant, Production Control NCO and First Sergeant. In June 2006 to October 2011, reassigned to CAB, 1ID serving as a First Sergeant, BDE and BN Operations NCO, and Support Operations Sergeant Major. November 2011 to September 2014, reassigned to the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA serving as the 2916th Aviation Battalion’s Command Sergeant Major. September 2014 – current assigned to 1st Sustainment Command (Theater), Fort Bragg, NC, he will assume responsibility 11 June 2015 as the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade’s Command Sergeant Major.
Overseas assignments include: 1998 to 1999 assigned to C Co 52nd Aviation Regiment, Camp Humphreys, Korea; serving as Floor Supervisor and Platoon Sergeant and also in November 2004 to June 2006 assigned to 2-501st GSAB, Fliegerhorst, Germany, serving as First Sergeant.
Combat Tours: Operation Just Cause, Panama; Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm; Initial Combat Operations (Operation Iraqi Freedom), OIF -1, OIF 10-11 and Operation New Dawn.
CSM Elliott’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (2), MSM (4), ARCOM (4), AAM (7), NCODP(4), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, SWA Service Ribbon, NDSM, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, Korea Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (4), Iraq Campaign Medal, GWOT Expeditionary Medal, Master Parachutists Badge, Master Aviation Badge, Combat Action Badge, and Driver’s Badge.
Other Commendations include Member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and a member of the Order of Saint Michael.
His military education includes Basic Training, AIT, PLDC, BNCOC, ANCOC, First Sergeant’s Course, Air Force Senior NCO Academy; CSM Pre Command Course (BN); Basic Airborne, Advanced Airborne, Master Jumpmaster, DZSO, DZST, Unit Retention, and Ground Safety Course.
His civilian education includes High School Graduate; Graduate from Excelsior College with an Associate of Science in administration and management; Graduated summa cum laude from Trident University International with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He is currently pursuing a degree of Master in Business Administration.
CSM Elliott is married to the former Tina M. LaMonica, of Long Beach, CA. CSM Elliott and Tina, have five children.