Chain of Command
504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade
504th BfSB Commander
COL Hensley, Chuck
Colonel Charles T. Hensley was commissioned in 1988 as an Infantry Officer
after graduating from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of
Science Degree and a major in Philosophy. His initial assignment was with
the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, North
Carolina. He served as a rifle platoon leader, support platoon leader,
Aide-de-Camp, and assistant operations officer.
After attending the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Colonel Hensley was
assigned to the 504 bfsb at Fort Hood, Texas and served as an assistant
operations officer on the 1st BCT staff and commanded Delta Company, 2nd
Squadron, 5th Cavalry. Upon completion of command, he served at the National
Training Center (NTC), Fort Irwin, California, where he served with the
Tarantula Team for two years followed by a two year assignment at Fort Knox
as a Small Group Instructor.
After Command and General Staff College, Colonel Hensley was assigned to 1st
Armored Division in Germany and served as the Battalion S-3 in 2nd
Battalion, 6th Infantry, the 2nd BDE S-3, and the Deputy G3. After returning
to Germany from Iraq, Colonel Hensley was assigned to the United States
European Command (USAREUR) in Stuttgart, Germany where he served as an
Operations Officer in the Current Actions Branch of the J3 Directorate.
From USAREUR, Colonel Hensley went to Fort Irwin and served as the
Commander, for 2/11 Cavalry Regiment, followed by an assignment to the Joint
Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) as a Senior Observation Controller.
After JMRC, Colonel Hensley served two years as the G3 for 1st ID at Fort
Riley and most recently graduated from the Army War College.
Awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious
Service Medal, two awards of the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert
Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge with Combat Jump
Star, and the Air Assault Badge.
504th BfSB Command Sergeant Major
CSM Bernardo B. Serna
Command Sergeant Major Bernardo B. Serna hails from Laredo, Texas. He entered the military on 18 June 1986, attending basic training at FT. Jackson, South Carolina and Advance Individual Training at the Naval Technical Training Center, Corry Station, Pensacola, Florida as a Non-Morse Interceptor Specialist, 05K. CSM Serna’s assignments include 3 tours in Germany, 1 Japan, 3 combat tours in Iraq and 1combat tour in Afghanistan. Other significant assignments include 1SG, B Co 312th MI BN, 504 bfsb (504); 1SG, A Co, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 504; 1 Cavalry Division G2 SGM, B Co DSTB, 504, CSM 309th MI BN;CSM 1st MI BN (AE); CSM Task Force Condor in Kandahar; Acting CSM for the 66th MI BDE; CSM Serna currently serving as the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade CSM and the CSM for Multi-National Battle Group-East CSM. CSM Serna has held numerous leadership positions including Squad Leader, Section Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Detachment NCOIC, First Sergeant, G2 SGM for the 504 bfsb, Battalion CSM, and Brigade CSM.
His military education includes: Primary Leadership Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, First Sergeant Course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 56. CSM Serna holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Excelsior College.
CSM Serna’s Awards and Decorations are: Bronze Star (3OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (9th Award), National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign, NATO Medal, Global War Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Ribbon, Air Force Space Medal Badge, and the Knowlton Award. Unit Awards include Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation and the Army Superior Unit award.