Chain of Command
504th Military Intelligence Brigade
504th MI Brigade Commander
COL Laura L. Knapp
COL Laura L. Knapp graduated from the United States Military Academy and commissioned as a Military Intelligence Officer in 1994. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Military Arts degree from the Air Command and Staff College.
COL Knapp served as a tactical intelligence officer and platoon leader during assignments with the 2nd Infantry Division and 1st Cavalry Division. She later served as assistant Brigade S-2 for the 2nd Infantry Brigade (Strike) and as commander of D Company, 311th Military Intelligence Battalion. She assumed command in Operation Enduring Freedom I and deployed the company again for Operation Iraqi Freedom I.
She became the 309th Military Intelligence Battalion Operations Officer in 2005. Upon graduation from Air Command and Staff College, she transitioned to the 743rd Military Intelligence Battalion in Aurora, Colorado, serving as the NSA Colorado Operations Officer and later as Battalion Executive Officer. In 2010, COL Knapp reported to the XVIII Airborne Corps, serving as the Corps’ Analysis and Control Element (ACE) Chief and the XVIII Airborne Corps Commander’s Initiative Group Chief.
Colonel Knapp commanded the 309th Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Huachuca, Arizona from June 2012 to June 2014. The 309th Military Intelligence Battalion trains the Army’s counterintelligence and human intelligence collectors to prepare them for initial assignments in the operational force. Following command, she completed the Army War College National Security Agency / Cyber Command Fellowship.
Her thesis work is currently in pilot by the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command in four Army Service Component Commands. For the past 10 months, COL Knapp served as the Director, Office of the Chief of Military Intelligence.
Her awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal.
504th MI Brigade Command Sergeant Major
CSM Ryan M. Hipsley
Command Sgt. Maj. Ryan Hipsley enlisted in the United States Army in
February 1995. After completing One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox,
Kentucky he was awarded Military Occupation Specialty 19D Cavalry Scout.
Additionally, CSM Hipsley attended and completed 35F All-Source Intelligence
Analyst Advanced Individual Training at Fort Huachuca, Arizona in June 1999.
As a Cavalry Scout, Intelligence Analyst, and Noncommissioned Officer, some
of his notable assignments include: Squad Leader, Brigade S2 NCOIC,
Intelligence Production Section Sergeant, Brigade S2 Operations Sergeant,
Platoon Sergeant and First Sergeant, Brigade S3 Sergeant Major, Commandant
and Deputy Commandant, U.S. Army Military Intelligence Noncommissioned
Officer Academy, Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Command Sergeant Major, 15th
Military Intelligence Battalion, Command Sergeant Major, 709th Military
Intelligence Battalion, and Royal Air Force Menwith Hill, United Kingdom.
CSM Hipsley is a graduate of all phases of the Army’s Noncommissioned
Officer Professional Development System as well as the Battle Staff
Noncommissioned Officer Course, First Sergeant Course, Basic Parachutist
Course, Air Assault Course, Northern Warfare and Survival Course, and the
Sergeants Major Force Management Course. He is a resident graduate of the
U.S. Army Sergeants’ Major Course (Class 60). His undergraduate education
includes a Bachelor’s Degree from Excelsior College, New York.
CSM Hipsley’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star; the Defense
Meritorious Service Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC); the Army
Commendation Medal (2 OLC); the Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC); the Valorous
Unit Award and the Superior Unit Award. CSM Hipsley’s additional decorations
include: the Combat Action Badge; the Basic Parachutist Badge, the Air
Assault Badge; the Driver’s Badge (Wheeled and Tracked). He is also a
recipient of the Knowlton Award, the Noble Patron of Armor and has earned
both Gold and Silver spurs.