Colonel Sven Erichsen

Colonel Sven Erichsen began his military service in 1988 as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps.  Over the course of a 25-year career, he has served in a wide variety of assignments in locations overseas and in the United States, to include Germany, Korea, the United Kingdom, and military bases in Alabama, California, Missouri, Texas, and Washington, D.C.  His operational experience includes deployments to Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Colonel Erichsen has served in troop-level assignments in the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment; the 7th Infantry Division; the 2nd Infantry Division, the 1st Cavalry Division, the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), and the 20th Support Command.  His command assignments include the 68th Chemical Company; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Cavalry Division; and the 2nd Chemical Battalion.

In addition to assignments with tactical units, Colonel Erichsen has served at the U.S. Army Chemical School as Chief Instructor, Captain’s Career Course; and in Headquarters, Department of the Army, G-3/5/7, as the Chemical Organizational Integrator. As a U.S. exchange officer to the United Kingdom, COL Erichsen served as Chief, Training Support Wing, at the Defense Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) Centre at Winterbourne Gunner.  Colonel Erichsen has just completed a two-year assignment in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense, as Chief of Staff and Director, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs.

Colonel Erichsen is a graduate of the Chemical Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses; the Combined Arms Staff and Services School; the Army Command and General Staff College; the School of Advanced Military Studies; and the Army War College.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Oregon, a Master’s degrees in Military Arts and Sciences from the University of Kansas, and a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.

Colonel Erichsen’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal; the Army Commendation Medal; the Army Achievement Medal; the Valorous Unit Award; the Southwest Asia Service Medal; the Kuwait Liberation Medal; and the Parachutist Badge. Colonel Erichsen’s foreign awards and decorations include the Order of the British Empire (Military).

Colonel Erichsen lives on Fort Hood with Nina, his wife of 25 years.  They have two sons attending the University of Oregon: Chris, a senior; and Peter, a sophomore.    


       Command Sergeant Major Kendall Owens

Command Sergeant Major Owens was born on 02 June 1973 in Buffalo, New York.  He enlisted in the United States Army in February 1993. CSM Owens attended One Station Unit Training at Fort McClellan, Alabama where he was trained as a Nuclear Biological Chemical Specialist (74D).

Command Sergeant Major Owens’s assignments include: Chemical Operations Specialist 71st Chemical Company, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, NBC NCO/Squad Leader Charlie Company, 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), Regimental NBC NCO, HHC, 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), Battalion NBC NCO, 194th Maintenance Battalion, Camp Humphries, Korea, Senior Drill Sergeant, Bravo Company, 82nd Chemical Battalion, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, First Sergeant, Bravo Company, 82nd Chemical Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO, Platoon Sergeant, 7th Chemical Company (BIDS) Fort Polk, LA, First Sergeant 51st Chemical Company (RECON),  Instructor, First Sergeant Course (Resident), B Company, USASMA, Fort Bliss, TX, First Sergeant, HHC, USASMA, Fort Bliss, TX, S-3 Sergeant Major,  4th MEB, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Command Sergeant Major 84th Chemical Battalion Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Commandant and Senior Military Advisor to the  Afghanistan National Army Sergeants Major Academy.   

Command Sergeant Major Owens’s military and civilian education includes: PLDC, BNCOC,  ANCOC, Battle Staff Course, First Sergeant Course, Air Assault Course, Drill Sergeant School, Master Fitness Trainer, Hazardous Material Course, Biological Integration Detection Systems Course (BIDS L-4) Radiological Safety Course, Operational Radiological Safety Course, Incident Commanders Course, Instructor Training Course, and the Small group Instructor Course, Large Group Instructor Course, Video Tele Training Course, SATBC, C4C, and Equal Opportunity Representative Course, DOD Human Resources MGMT Course, Combative Level I & II, DOD DSCA  I & II Course, Senior CBRN Course, Force Protection Level II, USASMA Graduate (Class 59), BN PCC, Command Sergeant Major Owens currently holds a Baccalaureate degree in Management, and a Masters degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in Military Science and leadership.

Command Sergeant Major Owens’s awards and decorations include: Meritorious Unit Commendation, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4th OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4th OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 SLC), Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal (1BS) Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Korean National Defense Medal, ISAF NATO Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon (numeral 3), Drill Sergeant Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drivers Badge.

Command Sergeant Major Owens is an active member of the FORSCOM Audie Murphy Club and the Chemical Corps’ Order of the Dragon Inductee.

Command Sergeant Major Kendall Owens II is married to the former Cassandra D. England, of Chidister, Arkansas.  They have three children: Kendall (16), K’Zarriah (12), and Kennedy (7).



















Last Updated on 20 July 2011