Colonel Marvin Vannatter Jr.
Colonel Vannatter was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in Corbin, Kentucky. He is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Processing and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry in 1990.
During his initial tour, Colonel Vannatter served as Platoon Leader in the 8th Infantry Division at Mannheim, Germany, and as Executive Officer. He was then branch detailed into the Adjutant General Corps and attended the Captain Career Course at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Colonel Vannatter served for the next three years at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as the Brigade S1 for the 18th Personnel Group, Battalion S3 for the 18th Personnel Services Battalion and later as the Postal Company Commander for the 129th Postal Company. During this time, he deployed in support of OPERATION UPHOLD DEMOCRACY in Haiti.
His next assignment was in Taegu Korea where Colonel Vannatter seved as the Systems Automation Manager for the Pacific Automation Server Site – Korea. From Korea he was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division and served as the Division G1 Plans and Operations Officer, Division Strength Manager and Executive Officer for the 556th Personnel Services Battalion in Hawaii.
From Hawaii, Colonel Vannatter attended Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama, where he received his Master Degree in Military Operational Art and Science. His next assignment was a NATO assignment in Monchengladbach, Germany assigned to the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC). He served as G3 Exercises and G1 Planner. During this time he deployed to Afghanistan as the Military Advisor to the NATO Senior Civilian Representative for Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.
From Monchengladbach, he was assigned to Fort Richardson in Alaska, where he served as the G1 for United States Army Alaska.
Colonel Vannatter was then assigned as Battalion Commander, Allied Land Forces Northern Europe (AFNORTH), US Army NATO, at the Allied Joint Force Command Headquarters in Brunssum, The Netherlands. From Brunssum, he attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and received a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies with an emphasis in Middle Eastern Studies.
Upon completion of the Naval War College Colonel Vannatter was assigned as the Third Army/United States Army Central G1 at the Main Command Post where he split his time between Shaw AFB and Kuwait in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and the Middle East.
Colonel Vannatter’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2nd OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (3rd OLC), the Joint Staff Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (3rd OLC), the Joint Staff Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (3rd OLC), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal (2nd award), the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Expert Infantryman Badge. He is happily married with two children.
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
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' Advance 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; 2/72 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, and U.S. Army Medical Materiel Center, Europe (USAMMCE), Pirmasens, Germany. 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. 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.
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.
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