LTC James Allen graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 1994. His first assignment was with the 1st Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany, where he served as a mechanized Rifle Platoon Leader and Support Platoon Leader in the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment. He deployed to Bosnia and to Macedonia with the 1st Infantry Division. Following attendance at the Infantry Captain’s Career Course at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1999, he was assigned as the S3 Air, 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division at Ft. Drum, New York. LTC Allen assumed command of A Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment in 2000. LTC Allen deployed to Bosnia and to Kosovo with the 10th Mountain Division. Following company command, LTC Allen became the Detachment Commander of A Detachment and Battalion S-3 for 3rd Battalion, 357th Infantry Regiment (Training Support) in Forest Grove, Oregon working with the 1st Battalion, 162nd Oregon Army National Guard. In 2004, LTC Allen became an assistant operations officer for A Team, Battle Command Training Program at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. From there, LTC Allen deployed to Mosul, Iraq as the Military Transition Team team leader assigned to work with the 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division from 2006 – 2007.
In 2007, LTC Allen attended Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and earned a Master of Military Arts and Sciences (Joint Planning) degree. Following graduation, LTC Allen became the Battalion Operations Officer for 1st Battalion, 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) in 2008, and then the Regimental Operations Officer for the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) at Ft. Myer, VA. In 2010, he became the Brigade Executive Officer for the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Baumholder Germany. LTC Allen deployed to Regional Command-North Afghanistan with the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Upon redeployment, LTC Allen became the North and West Africa Branch Chief, Counterterrorism Division, Operations Directorate, United States Africa Command. LTC Allen assumed command of the 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry Regiment (Basic Combat Training) on 26 July 2013.
LTC Allen’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 oak leaf clusters), the Joint Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (with 3 oak leaf clusters), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Ranger Tab, Basic Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
LTC Allen is married and has two children.
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Command Sergeant Major Carl B. Stevens entered the United States Army in May 1983 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He completed Basic Training and Infantry Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. His was most recently assigned to the 170th IBCT, Baumholder, Germany serving as the Brigade Operations Sergeant Major.
Command Sergeant Major Stevens has held numerous Operational and Force Generating positions. His assignments include: Rifleman and Automatic Rifleman, 2nd Battalion, 75th Infantry (Rangers), Ft Lewis, Washington; Mortar Gunner, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division (Motorized), Fort Lewis, Washington; Gunner, Squad Leader, Fire Direction Chief, 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry (Mechanized), Mannheim, Germany; Mortar Section Leader, 2nd Battalion, 75 Infantry (Rangers), Fort Lewis, Washington; Ranger Instructor, 4th Ranger Training Brigade, Small Group Instructor, Henry Caro Non Commissioned Officer Academy, Fort Benning, Georgia; Mortar Platoon Sergeant, 1st Battalion 35th Armor, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany; Assistant Professor of Military Science at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; First Sergeant of the Infantry Captains Career Course, Fort Benning Georgia; First Sergeant, 1st Battalion 5th Cavalry and Brigade Rear Detachment Sergeant Major, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Operations Sergeant Major 1st Battalion 84th Field Artillery (reorganized as Motorized Infantry in support of OEF), 170th IBCT, Baumholder, Germany.
Command Sergeant Major Stevens has attended all levels of the Noncommissioned Officers’ Education System, culminating with the Naval Senior Enlisted Academy. He is a graduate of Airborne, Ranger, Pathfinder, Jumpmaster, Battle Staff Course, Infantry Mortar Leader Course, Instructor Course, Belgian and Canadian Airborne schools.
His awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star (1ST Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (5th Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (9th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (w/2 campaign Stars), Iraqi Campaign Medal (w/ campaign Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (w/Numeral 4), the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon (w/Numeral 5), NATO Medal, the Ranger Tab, both the Combat Infantryman Badge and Expert Infantry Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Master Parachute Badge, Canadian and Belgian Parachutist Wings, Jungle Expert Badge, Valorous Unit Award, and is the recipient of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.