CPT Brandon Taylor
Brandon Taylor, the son of Michael and Linda Taylor, was born in Ft. Ord, California and was raised in Ft. Meade, Maryland. CPT Taylor is a 2007 graduate of the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geospatial Information Systems and Environmental Engineering. He was commissioned as a Military Intelligence Officer.
CPT Taylor was assigned to the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade in January 2008 as a Multifunction Team Leader in Alpha Company 303rd Military Intelligence Battalion. CPT Taylor then deployed with the 303rd Military Intelligence battalion in support of OIF 09-11. Upon his return from deployment he served as the Executive Officer for Alpha Company 303rd Military Intelligence Battalion and shortly thereafter was assigned as Squadron S-2 for 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment and deployed in support of OEF 11-12.
CPT Taylor�s military training includes graduation from the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, CI/HUMINT Operations Management Course, Joint HUMINT Officer Course, and the Visual Tracker Course. CPT Taylor�s military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
Company First Sergeant
SFC Francisco Santiago
SFC Francisco J. Santiago, a native of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, enlisted in the army on 22 August 1996. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Initial Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Upon completion of AIT, he was assigned to C Battery, 2nd BN 5th Field Artillery, Ft Sill, Oklahoma as a Fire Direction Specialist. In 2007, he attended Interrogator Advanced Individual Training at Fort Huachuca, Arizona and was assigned to B Company, STB, 3-1 IN, Fort Hood, Texas and deployed to Afghanistan.
SFC Santiago has held a variety of duty positions throughout his career including: Vehicle Driver, Radio Telephone Operator, Chart Operator, Computer Operator, Section Chief, Platoon Sergeant Read Detachment, Drill Sergeant, Senior Drill Sergeant, HUMINT Platoon Sergeant and First Sergeant.
SFC Santiago�s past assignments include, Fort Sill, Oklahoma serving with the 2nd BN 5th FA; Giessen Depot, Germany, serving with the 2nd BN 3rd FA and the Army Marksmanship Unit; Fort Benning, Georgia, serving with the 1st BN 10th FA, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, serving with the 1st BN 40th FA; Fort Hood, Texas, serving with the Special Troops Battalion 3-1 IN.
SFC Santiago awards include the Army Presidential Unit Citation, the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (5 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (4OLC), the Army Good Conduct Medal (4th award), the National Defense Service Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Professional Development Ribbon (num 2), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Ribbon (num 2), the NATO medal Kosovo, the NATO Medal Afghanistan, Drill Sergeant Badge, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, Driver Badge (Wheels and Track).
SFC Santiago�s Short-Term Goal is to make the rank of First Sergeant, and to obtain a Bachelor�s Degree.
SFC Santiago�s Long-Term Goal is to serve in the Army for no less than 20 years and make the rank of Sergeant Major.