36th ENGINEER BRIGADE COMMANDER
COLONEL Mark C. Quander
Colonel Mark C. Quander is the Commander of the 36th Engineer Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas and also serves as the Commander of Task Force Operations in support of Joint Task Force – Civil Support. The 36th Engineer Brigade exercises training and readiness authority over 3,400 Soldiers comprising all echelon above brigade engineer forces within III Corps. The 36th Engineer Brigade also serves as the mission command element for a 3,400 multi-service command in support of Joint Task Force – Civil Support, a direct reporting unit to NORTHCOM.
Colonel Quander graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1995. During his 20 year career, he served in command and staff positions in the United States, the Republic of Korea, the Middle East and Central Asia. His tours of duty with tactical units include: Platoon Leader and Assistant Brigade Engineer in the 307th Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division; Company Executive Officer in the 2nd Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division; Battalion S1 and Company Commander in the 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Brigade S3 in the 20th Engineer Brigade; and Battalion Commander in the 7th Engineer Battalion.
At the operational level, COL Quander served as the Chief of Plans for the Multi-National Corps-Iraq C7, and as the Chief of Plans and Operations in the Joint Task Force Haiti-J7. He also served at the national level as a Joint Chiefs of Staff Intern/Politico Military Planner in the J-5 Iraq Division.
Colonel Quander enjoyed several broadening assignments throughout his career to include: Observer Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center; Chief of the 10th Mountain Division Commanding General’s Initiatives Group and most recently as the Corps Engineer for III Corps.
COL Quander holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy in Civil Engineering, and Master’s Degrees from the University of Missouri for Science and Technology in Engineering Management; Georgetown University in Public Policy; and the United States Army War College in Strategic Studies earning recognition as a distinguished graduate.
Colonel Quander is authorized to wear the Combat Action Badge, the Air Assault Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Joint Staff Identification Badge, Ranger Tab and the Royal Australian, German, and Russian Parachutist Badges.
36th ENGINEER COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR
CSM Ronald G. Patterson
Command Sergeant Major R.G. Patterson hails from Pennsylvania and entered the Army in February 1988. His stateside assignments include 43rd EN BN (C)(H) Fort Benning, Georgia, 37th EN BN (C)(A) Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 577th EN BN & 94th EN BN Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri (3), 52nd EN BN Fort Carson, Colorado (2), USASMA Fort Bliss, Texas, and 92nd EN BN Fort Stewart, Georgia. His combat tours include Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Desert Provide Comfort (Saudi Arabia), Operation Restore Hope (2 tours) (Somalia), Operation Iraqi Freedom (2 tours) (Iraq/Kuwait) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).
CSM Patterson has served in all key leadership positions in the field of Combat Heavy and Construction Engineering beginning with Squad Leader and up to Command Sergeant Major.
His military education includes; USN Equipment Operators "A" School, Airborne School, NBC School, Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC), Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course (BNCOC), Sapper Leader Course, Equal Opportunity Course, Jumpmaster School, Air Load Planners Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course (ANCOC), Instructor Training Course (ITC), Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officers Course (BSNCOC), Observer/Coach/Trainer Academy, First Sergeant Course (FSC), Sergeant Majors Academy (USASMA Class 57), and the Command Sergeants Major Course.
CSM Patterson has an Associate's Degree in General Education, a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice (Summa Cum laude) from Troy University, Alabama.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with five Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with four Oak Leaf Clusters), Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2nd Award), Southwest Asia Service Medal (3 Bronze Stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal (2nd Award), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), UN Operations in Somalia Medal, NATO (ISAF) Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Sapper Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, Operators Badge, Drivers Badge, and German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge (4 Bronze Awards). He was also awarded the Bronze DeFleury medal of the Army Corps of Engineers and is a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.