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Garrison Commander

Colonel Kurt P. Connell

Col Kurt Connell

Colonel Connell was born in central Indiana, and graduated from West Point with an Engineering Degree in 1993. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Intelligence Corps. After completing the Military Intelligence Officers’ Basic Course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, he was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington, where he served as the S2 for the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade.

He then attended the Air Defense Advanced Course at Fort Bliss, Texas, and upon graduation, he served in three different assignments in the Republic of Korea. He first served as the S2 for the 17th Aviation Brigade at Yongsan Army Garrison, Seoul, and then as that Brigade’s Headquarters Company Commander.  After Command, Colonel Connell served as an Inspector General on the Eighth Army staff.  In 2001, he was assigned to Fort Irwin, California, first as a Planner, and then as an Observer/Controller on the Cobra Team.

In 2004, Colonel Connell attended the Post Graduate Intelligence Program at the Joint Military Intelligence College (now known as the National Intelligence University,) and graduated with a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence.  He then served as the Military Assistant to the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence in the Pentagon.

In 2006, Colonel Connell graduated from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. During Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08, he served as the Collection Manager at the Division Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, and was further assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, where he served as the Operations Officer for the 1st Brigade Support Troops Battalion. He then served as the Brigade’s S2 during OIF 09-10.

Following his deployment to Iraq, Colonel Connell was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Red Cloud, Republic of Korea, where he served as the Division G2.  After this tour, he served in the Army’s Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky as the Military Intelligence Enlisted Branch Chief and Operations Support Division Chief.

Colonel Connell attended Senior Service College at the Eisenhower School (formerly known as the Industrial College of the Armed Forces,) National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.  He completed Joint Professional Military Education II, and graduated with a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy.  He was subsequently assigned to the U.S. Army’s Intelligence and Security Command at Fort Belvoir, Virginia,  where he served as the Director of Operations and Training. 

Colonel Connell’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal (1st OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (6th OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal (3rd OLC).

He is happily married with one child.

Deputy to the Garrison Commander

Mrs. Cheryle Hess

Ms. Hess is a retired Army lieutenant colonel, now an Army civilian with experience in logistics, resource management, and training. Ms. Hess served two deployments in Kabul, Afghanistan.  She spent nine months with the International Security Assistance Forces, Ministerial Advisory Group as a Senior Procurement Advisor to an Afghan major general.  She also spent a year as the Operations and Maintenance Division Chief for the USACE Transatlantic Division. She previously served as the Chief, Installation Services Logistics Division for the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management in the Pentagon.  

Ms. Hess received her commission through the Reserve Officers Training Corps at Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, and received a Master’s Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.  Ms. Cheryle Hess recently graduated from the Air War College, where she earned a Masters in Strategic Studies. 

Ms. Hess and her husband, Ron, are the proud parents of two children, Heather and Tom, and have three grandchildren.


Command Sergeant Major

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Command Sgt. Maj. William Majors

Command Sergeant Major William L. Majors entered the US Army in June 1987 and completed Basic Training at Fort Jackson, S.C. He completed the Medical Healthcare Specialist (91B) Military Occupational Skills' and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, TX. 

His assignments include: 5/14th  Infantry Battalion (L) with duty at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; 3/15th  Infantry Battalion (M) Fort Stewart GA; 2/72nd  Armored Battalion (AR) Camp Casey, South Korea; 10th  Engineer Battalion (EN) Fort Stewart, GA; 3/7th  Infantry Battalion (M) Fort Stewart GA; F Co 232nd Medical Battalion, Fort Sam Houston, TX; 32nd Medical Brigade, Fort Sam Houston, TX; USA MEDDAC, Fort Lee, VA; USA Sergeant's Major Academy, Fort Bliss, TX; 16th  Sustainment Brigade, Bamberg, Germany, U.S. Army Medical Materiel Center, Europe (USAMMCE), Pirmasens Germany; 115th Combat Support Hospital (CSH), Fort Polk LA; 421st Multifunctional Medical Battalion (MMB) Baumholder Germany, and currently United States Army Garrison Benelux, Belgium. He has held various leadership positions to include Emergency Treatment NCOIC, Evacuation NCOIC, Section NCO, Platoon Sergeant, Senior Drill Sergeant, Drill Sergeant Manager, First Sergeant, Operations Sergeant, and Sergeant Major and Command Sergeant Major. CSM Majors' military schools include: Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Drill Instructor Course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy – Class 58. He has an Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts, and is currently working toward a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security.

Military awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, with (V) Device, Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (9th Award), National Defense Service Medal with 2 bronze stars, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service medal with 2 bronze stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 bronze stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 4, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 2, Meritorious Unit Citation (1OLC).

He has earned the Expert Field Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge, Combat Medical Badge, and the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge. CSM Majors is also a proud member of the Order of Military Medical Merit, and Sergeant Morales’ Club. 

Deputy Garrison Manager (Brussels)

Mr. Derrick Hood

Mr. Derrick Hood became the Deputy Garrison Manager for the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux-Brussels Community in March 2015. From August 2014 until permanently assuming current duties, Mr. Hood served as a senior analyst of the IMCOM Commanding General’s Initiatives Group. From July 2013 to July 2014, Mr. Hood served as the Deputy to the Garrison Commander, Army Support Activity Soto Cano, Honduras
Mr. Hood has over 26 years of proven leadership and experience within the Department of Defense, serving within teams and leading organizations in diverse environments in CONUS, Europe and Central America. Mr. Hood began his civil service career following a 20 year Army career where he served in a variety of command and staff positions in logistics, plans and force management. He culminated his military career as a Special Assistant to the Director of Army Staff, Office of Chief of Staff of the Army, Pentagon. As an Army civilian, Mr. Hood has previously served as the Executive Officer for the Director of Resource Management (G8), HQ IMCOM, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He also served as a senior program analyst with Headquarters Department of the Army, G8, Force Development, Focused Logistics Division, Pentagon.

His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic course, the Ordnance Officer Advanced course, airborne school, Associates Logistics Executive Development course, the Army Force Management course and the Army Cost Management Certification course.

Mr. Hood holds a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, North Carolina. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, Normal, Alabama.

Deputy Garrison Manager (Schinnen)


Ms. Kimberly Wayland

Kimberly Wayland is the Deputy Garrison Manager. Previously, Ms. Wayland served as USAG Schinnen Acting Deputy to the Garrison Commander. She first came to Schinnen in March 2010 as the Director of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Her previous experience includes Director of Business and Recreation and Director of Marketing for USAG Benelux, and as Marketing and Public Relations Specialist for Defense Supply Center Philadelphia European Region in Mainz Kastel, Germany. Prior to that, she served on the Plans, Analysis and Evaluation team for Personnel and Family Readiness, Marine Corps Headquarters where she was lead to quality of life studies including the Marine Corps Quality of Life Study. She also worked in Iwakuni Japan for Marine Corps Community Activities.

Ms. Wayland began her career March 1991 on U.S. Army Garrison Vint Hill Farms Station, Virginia. She has experience at garrison, region and headquarter levels, and has multi-service exposure having served with the Army and Marine Corps. She has held four overseas assignments, including Japan, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands and proudly contributed over nine years to the U.S. support to the NATO Alliance.

Ms. Wayland's area of expertise is Strategic Management. She has completed the Civilian Education System Basic, Intermediate and Advanced courses as well as the Cost Management Certificate Course. Ms. Wayland holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Management from Troy State University and a Bachelors of Science Degree from Virginia Tech in Marketing Management.