Chain of Command
504th Military Intelligence Brigade
504th MI Brigade Commander
COL Ryan M. Janovic
COL Ryan Janovic graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1993,
earning a commission in the Military Intelligence Corps. He spent the past
21 years serving in varied intelligence organizations at several echelons.
After graduating from the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, he
served as a Platoon Leader in the 201st Military Intelligence Battalion,
513th Military Intelligence Brigade at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia.
Later, as a junior Captain, Ryan served as the Brigade Intelligence Officer
for the 1st Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea.
He remained overseas with a three-year tour in the 25th Infantry Division
(Light) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where he commanded Headquarters and
Headquarters Company in the divisional Military Intelligence Battalion.
Following Command and General Staff College, COL Janovic served in Baghdad,
Iraq as the Aide and Deputy Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief of Staff
for Political Military and Economic Affairs, Multi- National Forces – Iraq.
In the summer of 2005, he was assigned to the 902d Military Intelligence
Group, the Army’s premier multidiscipline counterintelligence brigade in
Fort Meade, Maryland. He served as the Battalion Operations Officer (S3) for
the 308th Military Intelligence Battalion and later became the Brigade S3,
directing sensitive counterintelligence operations throughout the United
States in order to protect our nation’s secrets, technologies and
In 2008, COL Janovic was selected as one of only 14 individuals nationwide
to serve as a White House Fellow in the Class of 2008-2009. At the
conclusion of the fellowship, Ryan reported to Fort Knox, Kentucky and
assumed command of the Special Troops Battalion of 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry
Division. He trained, prepared and then deployed the Valiant Warriors into
eastern Afghanistan; Task Force Valiant served the Duke Brigade, Regional
Command – East, and the 2nd Zone Afghan Border Police throughout all of
Following command, he completed graduate studies at the National War College
in Washington, DC, where he earned a Master of Science Degree in National
Strategic Studies and distinction as a Distinguished Graduate. For the past
16 months, COL Janovic served on the Department of the Army Staff as a
member of the Army G2’s Initiatives Group.
COL Janovic’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf
Cluster, the Parachutist Badge and the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership
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.