Chain of Command
504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade
504th BfSB 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 formations.
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 2011.
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 Award.
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
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.