LTC Michael A. Quitania, originally from Annapolis, Maryland, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry upon graduation from Central Washington University in 1994. He has served in numerous key command and staff positions and has served on multiple operational and combat deployments to Kosovo and Iraq.
LTC Quitania’s first assignment was at Camp Greaves, Republic of Korea, where he served as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer with the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment (Air Assault). He later served as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer with the 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne) at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Following the Infantry Officer Advanced Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Stewart, Georgia, where he served as a Battalion Adjutant, Battalion Maintenance Officer and the Bravo Company Commander of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment. After Company Command, LTC Quitania was assigned to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana where he served as a Mechanized Infantry/Armor Company Team Observer/Controller (O/C), Live Fire O/C Team Leader, and Live Fire Division Operations Officer. Immediately following the Command and General Staff College, LTC Quitania was assigned to the 3rd Brigade (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), 2nd Infantry Division, where he served as the Battalion Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer of the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. He was then assigned to the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (Airborne) of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he served as the Squadron Operations Officer of the 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment (Airborne) and later as the Brigade’s Iraqi Security Force Cell Chief. LTC Quitania then returned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord where he served as the Brigade Operations Officer of the 191st Infantry Brigade. His most recent assignment was at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, where he served as the Professor of Military Science.
LTC Quitania’s military decorations and awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal, NATO Medal, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Air Assault Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab. LTC Quitania’s education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advance Courses; Air Assault; Airborne; Ranger; Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle Commander’s Course; Jumpmaster; the Joint Firepower Controller Course; the Combined Arms Service Staff School; and the Command and General Staff College. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Washington University and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University.
Desk of the Battalion Commander Dear Family Members:
Your Soldier is assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, for Combat Training. Fort Jackson provides an excellent environment for training and has all the Soldier support facilities required to ensure a first rate experience for each Soldier while providing for their welfare. Our battalion will do our very best to take care of your soldier throughout this transition from civilian to warrior.
Basic Combat Training is a very intense experience. There are new physical and mental challenges every day as your Soldier progresses through this first phase of service to our nation. Supportive cards, letters and pictures from family members and friends help Soldiers overcome anxiety and offer encouragement. If you have not already, you will receive a letter or a phone call from your Soldier providing the mailing address.
Soldiers are not able to store food or other perishable items and are prohibited from using tobacco products so we ask that you refrain from mailing these items. We would ask that you stop sending mail 2 weeks prior to graduation, unless the mail is of an urgent nature. This will help prevent the delay of mail going to your Soldier as they move on to their Advanced Individual Training location. Training requirements keep your Soldier very busy and make routine phone calls difficult. Visits during the cycle are not allowed.
We hope you join us at Fort Jackson for graduation to recognize the significant accomplishment of Soldiers successfully completing this phase of their training. It is your Soldier’s responsibility to keep you informed of any changes in his/her graduation date because of their academic performance.
If the weather on Graduation Day is inclement (i.e. raining or snowing) the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Solomon Center. Due to limited seating capacity we will only graduate 2 companies at a time. The timeline will be published during Family Day.
It is our privilege to prepare young men and women for their role in defending our nation and we are dedicated to accomplishing our mission safely. Thank you for supporting your Soldier during training. You can contact your Soldier’s company leadership by using the phone number listed at the end of this letter. However, we ask that you send all emergencies through the American Red Cross at 1-877-272-7337. To expedite these calls you will need their full name, social security number, and unit (3rd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, Fort Jackson, SC).
Sincerely, Steven L. Delvaux Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Battalion Commander
SERGEANT MAJOR FRANK C. RAEL IV
Command Major Frank C. Rael was born in Fort Hood, TX . In 1990 enlisted in the United States Army and completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training as an 11B (Infantryman) at Fort Benning, Georgia.
His initial assignment was to HHC, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, NY, where he served as a Scout Team Member and participated in Operation Restore Hope in 1992-1993. After Operation Restore Hope, he remained in 87th Infantry Regiment and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he served as a Scout Team Leader.
In 1994 he participated in Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti. Soon after returning to Fort Drum, NY he was reassigned to HHC, 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and served as assistant Ammunitions NCO and later was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and served as Ranger Rifle Squad Leader in B. Company, 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. In 1998 he was assigned to C. Company (Gimlets), 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division (L) at Schofield Barracks, HI where he served as a Rifle Squad Leader. Later he was reassigned to C. Company (Wolf Hounds), 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division as Platoon Sergeant. In 2001 he was then assigned to 4th Ranger Training Battalion in Fort Benning, GA and served as a Ranger Instructor. While serving as a Ranger Instructor, he earned 3 “Instructor of the Cycle” by his Ranger students. From 2004-2012 he was assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. His first assignment was to HHC, 1st Battalion, 501 PIR where he served as an Operations NCO while deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom IV. Upon his return from Operation Enduring Freedom, he was assigned as Platoon Sergeant in B Company (Blackfoot) 1st Battalion, 501 PIR in Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. In June of 2006 the unit would be flagged and reassigned as part of 4th BCT (ABN), 25th Infantry Division (L). Early in 2006, he was promoted to First Sergeant and assumed responsibility for C. Company (Comanches), 1st Battalion 501 PIR. Later that year he deployed his company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006-2007. In 2008, he was then assigned and assumed responsibility as First Sergeant of 4/25 Brigade Headquarters Company. He then deployed the Company in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VII. During the deployment, he was assigned to the 4th BCT (ABN) S-3 SHOP to serve as Operations NCO. In 2010, he was selected and completed tthe United States Army Sergeants Major Academy class 62.
Command Sergeant Major Rael’s military and civilian education includes; Basic Airborne Course, Air Assault Course, Primary Leadership Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advance Noncommissioned Officer Course, Ranger School, Rappel Master Course, Total Army Instructor Training Course, Jump Master School, Combat Dive School, Dive Supervisor Course, First Sergeant Course, U.S Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 62.
Command Sergeant Major Rael’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 oak leaf cluster) , Meritorious Service Medal (1 oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal (3rd oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (silver oak leaf cluster), Army Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal (1 Bronze Service Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1 Bronze Service Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Service Star), Iraqi Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Service Star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal (1 Bronze Service Star), NCO Professional Development Ribbon ( Numeral 4 ), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 6), NATO Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Expert Infantry Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Thai Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Scuba Diver Badge and Ranger Tab.