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82nd CAB Commander

Col. Michael J. Musiol

Colonel Michael J. Musiol

Colonel Musiol was commissioned into the Aviation Branch in 1990 upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point.  His first assignment after the Aviation Officer Basic Course and Flight School at Fort Rucker, Alabama was as an AH-64 Platoon Leader in 1st Battalion (Attack), 82d Aviation Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  He then served as an Assistant S-3 and Company Commander in 1st Battalion (Attack), 229th Aviation Regiment also at Fort Bragg.  Following the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School and graduate school at the University of Georgia, he was an instructor and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education at the United States Military Academy.  He then served as the Senior Aviation Advisor to the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Upon graduation from the United States Army Command and General Staff College, Colonel Musiol was assigned to the Aviation Brigade of the 3d Infantry Division at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia as the Logistics Officer, then Executive Officer and Operations Officer for the 1st Battalion (Attack), 3d Aviation Regiment.  This assignment included a deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom from January 2005 until January 2006.  Next he served at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana as the Senior Aviation Operations Trainer and Battalion Commander for the 5th Aviation Battalion (Provisional).

Prior to completing the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, Colonel Musiol was the Battalion Commander of 1st Battalion (Attack), 3d Aviation Regiment from September 2008 through January 2011.  He deployed Task Force Viper in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in eastern Afghanistan from November 2009 to November 2010.

Among Colonel Musiol’s awards and decorations are the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with “V” device, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with “V” device, Combat Action Badge, and Air Assault Badge.  He is a Master Army Aviator and Senior Parachutist. 

 

 

82nd CAB CSM

Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Yeargan

Command Sergeant Major William J. Yeargan Jr.

Command Sergeant Major Yeargan, a native of Grass Valley, California, enlisted in the Army July 1985.  Following basic combat training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, he reported to Fort Rucker, Alabama for advance individual training as a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter repairer.  Later, he changed specialties to become a UH-60 Blackhawk tactical helicopter repairer Fort Eustis, Virginia.

CSM Yeargan comes to the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade following his assignment as the12th Aviation battalion Command Sergeant Major serving in the Military District of Washington. His other assignments include Battalion S-3 Sergeant Major, First Sergeant of Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 6th of the 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), B Troop, 3rd of the 6th Cavalry Squadron, 6th Cavalry Brigade,  A Company, 2nd of the 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.  He served in a variety of assignments, to include, Crew Chief, Flight Instructor, Squad Leader, Maintenance Supervisor, Quality Control Technical Inspector, Production Control NCO, Detail Recruiter, and Platoon Sergeant.  He has served five overseas assignments, serving at Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea, two tours at Heidelberg, Germany and three combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom IV and, most recently, Operation Enduring Freedom VIII and X with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

His decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster (OLC), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with six OLC, Army Achievement Medal with eight OLC, Master Crewmember Wings, Air Assault Badge, Gold Recruiters Badge with three Sapphires and, a foreign award, the French Commando Badge.  CSM Yeargan earned recognition from the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) for lifetime achievement and significant contribution to Army Aviation and was awarded the Bronze Order of St Michael and is a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club. In addition, CSM Yeargan is an honorary Master chief Petty Officer bestowed upon him by the former Master Chief of the Navy, Rick West.

CSM Yeargan is a Graduate of the Navy War College's Senior Enlisted Academy class 147, Newport, Rhode Island, First Sergeants Course, Senior Leadership Course, Advanced Leadership Course (Honor Graduate) and Warrior Leadership Course.  CSM Yeargan's civilian education and certificates include the Federal Aviation Administration Certifications as an Airframe and Power plant Mechanic.  He has earned an associate's degree (Associates of Arts) from Central Texas College in General Studies.

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