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Dear Family and Friends of Soldiers in 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment (3-34 Infantry Regiment),

Your Soldier has arrived safely at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and is assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment (3-34 IN) for Basic Combat Training. 3-34 Infantry Regiment has a long, distinguished history of service dating back to 1916, and it currently enjoys the reputation as one of the best battalions at Fort Jackson. My purpose for writing is to advise you on the transformation your Soldier will undergo, inform you of the basic emergency notification procedures and provide you some important dates and events in the training cycle.

As you know, Basic Combat Training is not easy. It is a challenging experience that transforms volunteers into trained, disciplined, physically fit and motivated soldiers who espouse the seven Army Values, understand the importance of teamwork and who are determined to complete their initial enlistment. For many soldiers, the ten weeks with 3-34 IN will be the toughest thing they have ever done in their lives. I assure you that our drill sergeants and officers, who form an absolutely first-rate team of professional Soldiers, will do their best to assist in this transformation. We’re honored to be your soldier’s first unit in the Army.

In the event that an emergency arises involving an immediate family member that requires your Soldier’s presence, contact the American Red Cross at 1-877-272-7337. The Red Cross will contact the battalion and assist the soldier in returning home on leave. Please make sure you keep this Red Cross number so you have it readily available should the need arise. We cannot help you in any way without Red Cross verification.

During Basic Training, we curtail certain privileges, such as the use of phones, receiving food items in the mail and visitation. While in our care, we will provide your soldier quality meals in our award-winning dining facilities. Because of this and for health reasons, we do not permit Soldiers to possess or store food. Therefore, please do not send food of any type.

If you wish to visit your Soldier, you may do so at Fort Jackson only on Family Day and on Graduation Day. Because of the visitation restrictions, I hope you will take advantage of these two important events in your Soldier’s Basic Training calendar. For more information on Family Day and Graduation, I encourage you to visit the pages that specify what you can expect during those days. We have many exciting activities scheduled for these significant days and we invite you to participate to the greatest extent possible. Occasionally, however, a Soldier is delayed in graduating due to injury, sickness, or other reasons.

It is critical that you verify these dates with your Soldier before making travel arrangements. Expect a letter from me, detailiing your Soldier's graduation shortly. Please review the attached information sheet that includes your Soldier’s correct mailing address and information on contacting your Soldier’s chain of command. Please remember that your Soldier has transitioned from 120th AG Reception Battalion and it will take approximately two weeks for mail to be redirected from 120th AG Reception Battalion to 3-34 Infantry Regiment. Once again I want to tell you how proud we are to have your Soldier in our battalion.


Scott Sonsalla

Lieutenant Colonel, Infantry

Commanding Officer

LTC Scott Sonsalla - Battalion Commander

LTC Scott E. Sonsalla is a native of Independence, Wisconsin. He enlisted as an Engineer in the Army Reserves after his junior year of high school and upon graduation from high school in 1989, he accepted an ROTC Scholarship. In 1993, he was commissioned in the Infantry, as a Distinguished Military Student, through the University of Houston. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Operations Management from the University of Houston, a Masters Degree in Military Science from LSU and a Masters Degree in Public Policy Management from Georgetown.

Prior to assuming command of 3-34 IN REGT in June of 2013, LTC Sonsalla served as the Professor of Military Science for the University of Texas at San Antonio. His previous assignments include duties as Platoon Leader, C Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry (Mechanized) Camp Hovey, Korea, Executive Officer, C Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry (Mechanized) Camp Hovey, Korea, B Company Executive Officer and Assistant Battalion Operations Officer 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry (Light) Fort Lewis, Washington, Deputy Chief of Training, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Assistant Operations Officer and B Company Commander, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Observer/Controller and Senior Rotational Planner at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana, Junior Military Aide to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C., Operations Officer, 1st Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment, Vicenza, Italy, Battalion Executive Officer for the 173d Special Troops Battalion, Nangahar, Afghanistan, and executive officer for the Army’s Old Guard in the Military District of Washington overseeing operations at the Pentagon, the White House and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers . His career involves deployments to Operation Joint Guardian (Kosovo) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). He was part of the Army’s digitization program in the mid-1990’s serving as part of Task Force XXI. His focus areas are Counter Insurgency and Non-Lethal Weapons.

His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms Services and Staff College, the Bradley Leaders Course, Jumpmaster, the Sapper Leaders course and numerous other Schools. He has been awarded the Ranger tab, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. His medals and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (5th Award), Army Commendation Medal (4th Award), the Army Achievement Medal (7th Award), the NATO Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal and the Army Superior Unit Award.

CSM Edward G. Ellis-Kelsey - BN Command Sergeant Major
CSM Ellis Kelsey

CSM Edward G. Ellis Kelsey was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and entered the U.S. Army on 1 August 1989. He completed basic combat training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas as a Patient Administrative Specialist and then volunteered to cross train as a 91B and was awarded the Combat Medical Specialist MOS. He later attended the 91C School and became a Practical Nurse.

His duty positions over the past 23 years include: Patient Administrative Specialist; Battery Aidman; Emergency Treatment NCO; NCOIC Outpatient Records Section; Squad Leader; NCOIC Pediatric Clinic; Small Group Leader/Instructor for the Primary Leadership Development Course; Chief Wardmaster & Treatment Platoon Sergeant; Wardmaster, Pediatric Ward; Chief Clinical NCO, Maternal Child Health Nursing Section; Platoon Drill Sergeant; Senior Drill Sergeant; First Sergeant; Operations Sergeant Major, 32D Medical Brigade and last assignment as the Command Sergeant Major of the 6th Medical Logistics Management Center (6th MLMC).

CSM Ellis Kelsey’s combat tours include Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, as well as Operation Joint Guardian. In last assignment he made multiple trips supporting OIF/OEF/OND. His overseas tours and assignments include: 214th Field Artillery BDE, HHC 47th Field Hospital, Ft Sill, OK, Alpha/Student Company, BAMC, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Darnell Army Community Hospital, Fort Hood, Texas; III Corps NCO Academy, Fort Hood, Texas; C Company, 501st Forward Support Battalion, Friedberg, Germany; Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, B/D Company, 232nd Medical Battalion; HHC 32D Medical Brigade.

Command Sergeant Major Kelsey’s military and civilian education include the Primary Leadership Development Course (Commandants List), Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course (Leadership Award, Commandants List), Instructor Trainers Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer Course (Commandants List), Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course (Commandants List), Drill Sergeants Course (Commandants List). He is a graduate from the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 58 and has earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Healthcare Management from Touro University, Masters of Science Degree in Health Care Management (Emergency Disaster Management) and MBA from Touro University.

His awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1 SLC, 1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (5 OLC), Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal (1 BS), SWA Service Medal (2 BS), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral #4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and NATO Medal (Kosovo), both Kuwait Liberation Medals and Meritorious Unit Commendation . He has earned the Expert Field Medical Badge, Drivers Badge (Track vehicle), German Armed Forces Proficiency Gold Badge, and Drill Sergeant Badge. He is also member of the prestigious Medical Order of Military Merit, SGT Audie Murphy and SGT Morales Clubs.

He is married to his high school sweetheart the former Martha Dejesus recipient of the Dr. Mary E. Walker Award and they have four children: Edward III (22), Christina (21), Melissa (19) and Gabriella (11).

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Company Info

* Alpha Company*

-Commander, Captain Chad Headrick (803)751-9375

-First Sergeant, 1SG Joseph Delage (803)751-9401

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* Bravo Company*

-Commander, Captain Antonia Andrews (803)751-9406

-First Sergeant, 1SG Edward Deal (803)751-9407

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* Charlie Company*

-Commander, CPT Eric Ashmore (803)751-9244

-First Sergeant, 1SG Benjamin Lewis(803)751-9245

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* Delta Company*

-Commander, Captain Darelle Sabb (803)751-9273

-First Sergeant, 1SG Kenneth Collier (803)751-9355

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* Echo Company*

-Commander, Captain Shaun Feingold (803)751-9363

-First Sergeant, 1SG Edward Elliott (803)751-9364

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* Foxtrot Company*

-Commander, Captain Ryan Knott (803)751-9487

-First Sergeant, 1SG Wayne Garcia (803)751-9485

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Apr 23, 2014
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