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Bravo Troop Long Range Surveillance (Airborne), 38th Cavalry

Troop Commander

CPT Donald Ray Neal Jr.

CPT Donald Neal Jr.

Captain Donald Ray Neal Jr. enlisted a Canon Crew member in the Kansas National Guard in February 1998. He attended Basis Training and Advanced Individual Training in Fort Sill, Oklahoma in the summer of 1998 before entering his sophomore year of college. Captain Neal was commissioned a Second Lieutenant from Benedictine College�s ROTC program on 25 July 2001. Upon assignment to active duty on 10 December 2001, he served as Gold Bar Recruiter for six months until attending the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. Captain Neal�s first duty assignment was the 172nd Stryker Brigade in Fairbanks, Alaska. There he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Mortar Platoon Leader, and HHC Executive Officer. In December of 2004, Captain Neal was reassigned to 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Lewis, Washington. While assigned to 2d Ranger Battalion he served as a Ranger Rifle Platoon Leader, and HHC Executive Officer. During the twenty-five months assigned to 2d Ranger Battalion he deployed three times in support of the Global War on Terrorism. In February of 2007, Captain Neal attended the Maneuver Captains Career Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. Shortly after graduation he was assigned to Bravo Troop LRS (ABN), 38th Cavalry in September of 2007, and became the 46th Soldier assigned to Fort Hood�s newly formed Long Range Surveillance Troop. Captain Neal served as the Troop Operations Officer from September 2007 to February 2009.

He is a graduate of the US Army Airborne School, US Army Ranger School, Bradley Leader Course, Infantry Mortar Leader Course, and the US Army Pathfinder Course.

Troop First Sergeant

1SG Jason Skeen

1SG Jason Skeen

1SG Skeen was born and raised in Sacramento, California and enlisted in the Army on 05n April 1989. He attended Basic Training, Advanced Initial Training, Airborne School and the Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP) at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was then assigned to A Company 2nd Ranger Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington. His following assignments include Fort Carson, Colorado, Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, Fort Polk, Louisiana and Camp Casey, South Korea. In 2003, he was deployed to OIF 1 with 2-8 INF and returned in 2004.

1SG Skeen has held a variety of duty positions throughout his career including: First Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Senior Observer Controller (JRTC), Squad Leader, Bradley Commander, Company Master Gunner, Operations Sergeant, Team Leader and Automatic Rifleman.

1SG Skeen�s awards include the Army Superior Unit Award, the Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), the Army Commendation Medal with �V� device (2 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (3OLC), the Army Good Conduct Medal (6th award), the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 BSS, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Professional Development Ribbon (num 3), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (num 4), the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, the Expert Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and the Pathfinder Badge.

1SG Skeen�s Short-Term Goal is to make the rank of Sergeant Major, and to obtain a Bachelor�s Degree.

1SG Skeen�s Long-Term Goal is to retire from the Army and obtain a good job with the civilian work force.

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