Fort McCoy Garrison Leadership
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Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Reinert assumed the position of Commanding General of the 88th Regional Support Command with headquarters at Fort McCoy, Wis., Dec. 4, 2015. Reinert also serves as Senior Commander, Fort McCoy.
Reinert earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Iowa State University and a Law degree from the University of Iowa. His military education includes the Judge Advocate Basic and Advanced Courses, the Military Judges Course, Contract Attorneys Course, Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army War College, and Capstone.
He received a Reserve Officer Training Corps commission as a Military Intelligence Officer in 1983 and served with the Iowa National Guard's 234th Signal Battalion. In 1986, he transferred to the Judge Advocate General Corps and entered active duty. He was assigned to the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) office at Fort Rucker, Ala., where he served in various assignments. Reinert left active duty in 1990 and began his service in the Army Reserve. He served with 372nd Engineer Group as a SJA; the 19th Theater Army Area Command (CONUS Augmentation) in various legal positions; 649th Area Support Group as Deputy Commander; 3rd Corps Support Command (CONUS Augmentation); and 150th JAG Detachment (LSO) as a Military Judge and Commander.
His assignments as a General Officer include Chief Judge (Individual Mobilization Augmentee) of the Army Court of Criminal Appeals; Commanding General, US Army Reserve Legal Command; Commander NATO Rule of Law Support Mission-Afghanistan/Rule of Law Field Force-Afghanistan; Deputy Commander and Commander of the Combined, Joint InterAgency Task Force 435; and Special Assistant to the Chief of the Army Reserve.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with silver Oak Leaf Cluster, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Overseas Ribbon, and the Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon with numeral eight device. Reinert was awarded the Master Military Justice Practitioner additional skill identifier.
Col. David J. Pinter Sr. assumed duties as Garrison Commander at Fort McCoy March 11, 2016. Immediately prior to this assignment he served as Division Chief for the Homeland Defense Division of the Joint Staff J3 Operations Directorate, Washington, D.C.
Pinter earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa; a master's degree in Business and Policy Studies from Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; and a master's degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, Washington, D.C. His military education includes the Combined Arms and Service Staff School, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College.
Pinter received his Army commission in 1989 from the University of Iowa Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He entered active duty and attended the Army Aviation School for flight training and then was assigned as a Platoon Leader with the 1st Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment in Korea. He next served with the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y., as a Platoon Leader and Battalion Flight Operations Officer. He then was assigned as Aviation Company Commander and 12th Aviation Brigade Operations Planner with support to V Corps in Germany. Pinter returned to the 10th Mountain Division and began training for certification in the Army Acquisition Corps. He deployed to Kosovo in support of the Joint Contracting Cell and continued his Acquisition career as an Aviation Material Development Branch Chief with the Aviation Combat Development Directorate. His follow-on assignment was as the Project Manager and Operations Officer to the Soldier, Biological, Chemical Command, and he then worked with the Office of the Surgeon General to field Chem-bio Protective Systems to Combat Support Hospitals and Forward Surgical Teams in the Iraq theater prior to and during the onset of the war.
Pinter entered the Active Guard Reserve program in 2003 with duty at the University of Iowa as the Senior Assistant Military Professor. He next served as the Logistics Officer with the newly formed 11th Aviation Command leading efforts to establish logistical support for the Army Reserve Aviation Operations of 17 units in 14 states, followed by Aviation Battalion Command in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He then served as a force management staff member in the Office of the Chief of the Army Reserve, as well as in the Office of the Assistants to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard and Reserve Matters.
His deployments include Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, Humanitarian Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, NATO medal with two Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Joint Staff Identification Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, Combat Patch, Senior Aviator Badge, Ranger Tab, and Combat Action Badge.
Lt. Col. James A. Parkinson assumed duties as Garrison Deputy Commander at Fort McCoy Sept. 25, 2015. Immediately prior to this assignment he served as Chief, Plans, Analysis and Integration, 88th Regional Support Command.
He earned an associate's degree in Liberal Arts from Southern Oregon State College, a bachelor's degree in Business from Concordia University and a master's degree in Business Administration from Southwest University. His military education includes the Transportation Officer Basic Course, Transportation Officer Advanced Course, Public Affairs Officer Course, Combined Army Staff Service School, Intermediate Level Education, and Army Force Management School. Parkinson is a first-year student of the United States Army War College.
Parkinson enlisted in 1987 and served as an Aero Scout Observer with the 5th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 12th Aviation Brigade in Wiesbaden, Germany. He received his commission from the Washington state Officer Candidate School in 1991. He served in the Washington National Guard from 1991 to 1995 at Tacoma, Wash., with the 506th Transportation Company (Watercraft) and the 1118th Medium Boat Company. From 1995 to 1997, Parkinson served in the United States Army Reserve with the 185th Medium Boat Company in Tacoma, followed by an assignment with the 70th Regional Readiness Command (RRC) in Seattle. Parkinson entered the Active Guard Reserve program in 1997 as an Operations Training Officer with the 7th Brigade Reserve Officer Training Corps at Fort Lewis, Wash. From 1999 to 2004 he served as the Secretary of the General Staff with the 104th Division (Training), Vancouver, Wash. He was assigned to the 88th RRC at Fort Snelling, Minn., from 2004-2007 as the Detailed Inspector General. From 2008 to 2011, Parkinson served as the Readiness Officer with the Command Readiness Team at Fort Snelling. In 2011 he was reassigned to the Army Reserve Legal Command in Gaithersburg, Md., where he served as the Secretary of the General Staff and Force Integration Officer until 2014.
Parkinson deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Aircraft Crew Member Badge.
Command Sgt. Maj. Frank T. Mathias assumed duties as Command Sergeant Major of U.S. Army Garrison, Fort McCoy, Wis., June 27, 2016. Immediately prior to this assignment he served as the Command Sergeant Major at Forces Command-U.S. Army Reserve Command, Special Troops Battalion, Fort Bragg, N.C.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Natchitoches, La., and a master’s degree in International Relations from Troy University, Troy, Ala. His military education includes the Infantryman Course, Airborne School, Civil Affairs Course, Warrior Leader Course, Senior Leader Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Course, Advanced Leader NCO Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, and the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Course.
Mathias enlisted in the U.S. Army March 1987. He joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1994, then entered the Active Guard Reserve program in 2003. He has been assigned to or supported the 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.; 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.; the Joint Regional Training Center, Fort Polk, La.; XVIII Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division, the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, 3rd Special Forces Group, and the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, all at Fort Bragg, N.C.
He deployed to Iraq (Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm), Bosnia-Herzegovina (Operations Joint Endeavor and Joint Forge), Yemen, and Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom).
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal with three Loops, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device and numeral three, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with numeral four, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, NATO Medal with Bronze Service Star, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Combat Infantry Badge, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Kuwait Liberation Medal-Saudi Arabia, Kuwait Liberation Medal-Government of Kuwait, Australian Parachutist Badge, British Parachutist Badge, German Parachutist Badge, Irish Parachutist Badge, Dutch Parachutist Badge, and New Zealand Parachutist Badge.
Mr. James A. Chen assumed the position of Deputy to the Garrison Commander, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort McCoy, Wis. Jan. 11, 2016. He served previously as the Deputy Garrison Manager, Baumholder Military Community, U.S. Army Garrison, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.
He earned a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Central Missouri State University, Warrenburg; a master's degree in Management from Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.; and a master's degree in Military Strategic Studies from the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
Chen received his commission as a U.S. Army Transportation Officer in 1978. He served in progressively responsible assignments in the United States, Germany, Japan, Korea, and Kuwait. He completed his military career while serving with the 94th Army Air Missile Defense Command, U.S. Army Pacific Command in Hawaii. Chen retired with 29 years of service with the rank of Colonel. He is a Joint Specialty Officer certified with the Department of Defense.
He began his federal civil service career in 2007 as the Deputy Support Operations Officer with the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, 8th U.S. Army in South Korea. His next positions were as Program Manager, BAE Systems, Inc. (A-76 Directorate of Logistics), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and then Deputy to the Garrison Commander, U.S. Army Garrison, Baumholder, Germany.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army President Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award, Army Meritorious Unit Award, and Commander's Award for Civilian Service.
Chen is a member of the Association of the United States Army.