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187th Ordnance Battalion

"Geared to Maintain"

BN Commander

Lieutenant Colonel Dennis W. Kerwood was born and raised in California and has served as an officer in the Logistics field since his commissioning as an Ordnance officer upon his graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1994.

Lieutenant Colonel Kerwood holds a Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Psychology from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. His military education includes the Ordnance Officer Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Support Operations Course, Intermediate Level Education at the Command and General Staff College, and Air Assault School.

Lieutenant Colonel Kerwood’s initial assignment was a direct support platoon leader and shop officer in Bravo Company, 127th Aviation Support Battalion, Hanau, Germany, later serving as the Battalion S4. Upon completion of the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course he was assigned to Fort Richardson, Alaska, where he served as the Logistics Plans Officer for United States Army Alaska (USARAK), the assistant support operations officer for the USARAK Special Troops Battalion, and commanded 98th Maintenance Company. After command, LTC Kerwood served as an observer-controller/trainer in 1st Brigade, 75th Training Support Division, Houston, Texas. He then served as a doctrine author in the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate, Combined Arms Command, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, as a member of the writing team for FM 3-0, Operations, published February 2008. Upon graduation from the Command and General Staff College, he served as the Brigade S4 for 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas, later serving as the Battalion Executive Officer for 299th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. He then served as a battalion executive officer and observer-controller/trainer in 1-364 Regt, 191st Infantry Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. LTC Kerwood’s most recent assignment was the brigade support operations officer for 593rd Sustainment Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. LTC Kerwood has served overseas in operational and combat tours to include Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Lieutenant Colonel Kerwood’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Metal with one service star, the Meritorious Unit Award, the Army Superior Unit Award the Air Assault Badge. LTC Kerwood is also a member of the Ordnance Order of Samuel Sharpe.

Lieutenant Colonel Kerwood is married and has two children.


187th Ordnance Battalion

BLDG 2360

Fort Jackson, SC 29207

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Commander's Vision

The mission and purpose of the 187th Ordnance Battalion “Maintainers” is to provide our Army with physically fit, well disciplined, trained and ready “Warrior Mechanics” in support of the Army's maintenance mission while developing and strengthening our Cadre Team, Families, and Civilians. Our team of knowledgeable professionals ensure our Soldiers in Training receive the most current maintenance instruction in support of the latest additions to the Army's wheeled vehicle fleets. We succeed in our mission by focusing on four essential tasks; Mission Command, Protection War Fighting Function; Soldier in Training Acculturation Process, and Quality of Life for our Soldiers and Cadre.

Mission Command

  • Implementation of the Commander's Vision
  • Well developed and managed Mission Essential Tasks Listing
  • Detailed Annual Training Guidance
  • Profession of Arms and Combat Oriented Leader Professional Development programs
  • Civilian Instructor professional development
  • Command Supply Discipline
  • Training Management
  • Professional Certifications/Organizations
  • Competent Staffs

Protection War Fighting Function

  • Active Shooter Training
  • Field Training Exercises and Convoy Operations
  • Weapons Skills Training
  • Cadre Training and Certification
  • Leader Presence and involvement
  • Safety and Risk Management
  • Prevention of Sexual Harassment

Soldier Acculturation Process

  • Maintenance Training in accordance with Program of Instruction (POI) 12.0
  • Introduction of MRAP maintenance, using the latest in Training Aid Devises
  • AIT Soldier Privileges tied to Performance and Adherence to Army Values
  • Financial Management Courses
  • Realistic and Challenging Field Training Exercises
  • Training Module upgrades, incorporating the latest technology in the classroom
  • Single Class Fill
  • Soldier Athlete concept – Integrate Physical Readiness Training and Testing
  • Treat Everyone with Dignity & Respect
  • *Strive for Excellence in all we do

Provide Quality of Life

  • Active Family Readiness Group (FRG)
  • Newcomer Briefs, Spouses Orientation Days and Battalion Hail & Farewell events
  • Victory Block Leave
  • Cadre Resiliency Program
  • Strong Bonds Program
  • Single Soldier Retreats
  • SIT Chaplain Programs (Victory Ranch / Fortress Coffee House)
  • Positive Command Climate

We exist to prepare our Soldiers for their first unit of assignment. We provide tough, aggressive and realistic training while reinforcing lessons learned in Basic Combat Training. This includes a strong adherence to the Warrior Ethos, Ordnance Creed, Soldiers Creed and the Army Values. Taking care of our Cadre (military and civilian), as well as our families and community is key to achieving balance and building resiliency. A secondary, but equally important mission is to take time to develop our junior leadership (Officer, Warrant Officer and NCOs) through Profession of Arms forums and combat / technical skills training. Leader development and presence is essential because we must have the capabilities, knowledge, experience, and opportunities to successfully build leaders who will return to the force prepared for any challenge. Accordingly, Soldiers will be equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to be victorious on today’s battlefield, and can successfully integrate into any organization.

The “Maintainers” have a proud history in training and producing “Warrior Mechanics”. We must continue to have skilled, professional Cadre, instructors and staff that are committed to the mission, each other and our families.



BN Command Sergeant Major

CSM Bryan S. Kernen hails from Lakeland Florida. He entered the Army in March 1990; attended Basic Training at Fort Lenard Wood, Missouri and received advanced individual training at Edgewood Arsenal (Aberdeen Proving Ground) Maryland.

He has served with the 782nd MSB, 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg NC; 541st Maintenance Bn, 1St Infantry Div Ft Riley Kansas; 172 FSB, 172nd Inf Bde. Fairbanks Alaska; 528th Special Operation Support Battalion, Ft. Bragg NC.; Joint Readiness Training Center, Ft. Polk La.; 425 FSB, 4th Bde (Abn) 25th Infantry Division, Ft. Richardson, AK; 187th Ord Bn, Ft. Jackson SC.; DHHB, 3ID Ft. Stewart Ga.

His duty and leadership positions include Wheeled Repairer, Automotive Section Sergeant, Automotive Technical Inspector, Battalion Schools and Taskings NCO, Bn Operations S-3 NCOIC, Maintenance Control Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Observer Controller, Company First Sergeant, Division Maintenance Sergeant Major.

CSM Kernen is a graduate of the Primary Leadership and Development Course, the Basic and Advanced Non-Commissioned Officers Courses, Battle Staff Course, First Sergeants course, Basic and Advanced Airborne School, Air Assault course and The Sergeants Major Academy, Class 60.

He is authorized to wear the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Awd), Army Commendation Medal (4th Awd), the Army achievement Medal (2nd Awd), the Good Conduct Medal (7th Awd), the National Defense Service Medal (w/Bronze Star), the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the South West Asia Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Humanitarian Service Medal, The NCO Professional Development Ribbon (w/Numeral 4), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (w/Numeral 3), the NATO Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, The Master Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, Driver/Mechanic Badge and the expert Marksman Qualification badge

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