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Commanding General, 88th Regional Support Command
Senior Commander, Fort McCoy
Maj. Gen. Glenn J. Lesniak assumed the position of Commanding General of the 88th Regional Support Command with headquarters at Fort McCoy, Wis., in July 2009. He also serves as Senior Commander, Fort McCoy.
Lesniak has more than 35 years of service as a commissioned officer in the United States Army and U.S. Army Reserve.
Lesniak, a New Jersey native, is a 1976 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., where he received a bachelor of science degree. He entered active service in June 1976 and attended the Engineer Officer Basic Course at Fort Belvoir, Va. His initial assignment was as a Platoon Leader with B Company 5th Engineer Battalion at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He also held the positions of Company Executive Officer and Company Commander. In 1982, he was assigned to the 1st Reserve Officer Training Corps Region with duty at the University of Connecticut as an Assistant Professor of Military Science.
Upon release from active duty in 1984, he relocated to Texas and transferred to the Army Reserve. He joined the 416th Engineer Command Reinforcement Training Unit at Fort Sam Houston and served with the Engineer Design section. In 1986, he moved to New York and joined the 469th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Heavy) at Caven Point, N.J., where he served from 1987 to 1992 as the Battalion Operations and Executive Officer. From 1994 to 1996 he served with the 411th Engineer Brigade in Brooklyn, N.Y., as the Civil Engineer Officer and the Brigade Operations Officer. From 1996 to 1998 he commanded the 854th Engineer Battalion in Kingston, N.Y. From 1998 to 2000 he served as the Construction Management Officer with the 411th Engineer Brigade in New Windsor, N.Y.
In April 2000, he transferred to the 78th Division (Training Support) as the Combat Support Branch Chief and Battle Command and Staff Exercise Director. From 2001 to 2003 he again served with the 411th Engineer Brigade as the Deputy Commander. He returned to the 78th Division (Training Support) to command the Battle Projection Group at Fort Dix, N.J. He was assigned as Deputy Commander, 94th Regional Readiness Command in March 2005 and was appointed as its Commanding General July 2, 2006. He served in this position until October 2008, when he was assigned as the Deputy Commander, 81st Regional Support Command (RSC) headquartered at Fort Jackson, S.C., a position he held until his current assignment as Commander of the 88th RSC.
Lesniak has completed the Engineer Officer Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. He also has a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.
His awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, and the Parachutist Badge.
Col. David E. Chesser assumed his duties as Garrison Commander at Fort McCoy April 3, 2008. Immediately prior to this assignment he served as the Deputy Commander for Readiness at the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) 88th Regional Readiness Command.
Chesser received his commission in Infantry from Appalachian State University in 1982. Upon completion of the Infantry Officer Basic Course he was recruited to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, Fort Benning, Ga., where he served as an Instructor/Shooter representing the United States and U.S. Army in national and international marksmanship competitions. Following a transfer to the Engineer branch in 1985, he was assigned to the 43rd Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Heavy) at Fort Benning as Bravo Company Executive Officer. In 1986, he was assigned to the 237th Engineer Battalion (Corps) (Wheeled), Heilbronn, Germany, as Battalion Personnel Officer (S-1) and Commander, Delta Company. In 1989, following company command, he returned to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, as an Instructor/Shooter. In 1992, he was assigned to First U.S. Army, Operational Readiness Evaluation Division, Fort Meade, Md., as a Training Evaluation Officer for Combat Support Team II. He left active duty in 1993 and returned in 1994 as an Active Guard Reservist. From 1994 to 1997, he was assigned to the 439th Engineer Battalion (USAR), Bismarck, N.D., where he served as Personnel Officer and Executive Officer. From 1997 to 2000 he served as a Construction Management Engineer, 412th Engineer Command (USAR), Vicksburg, Miss. He served as Senior Plans Officer with the 412th Engineer Command (Forward), Heidelberg, Germany from 2000 to 2002. In August 2002, Chesser assumed command of the 458th Combat Engineer Battalion (USAR), Johnstown, Pa., and commanded the battalion during its deployment to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
Chesser is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, U.S. Army Airborne School, Engineer Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff Officer Course, the Army Management Staff College Sustaining Base Leadership & Management Course, and the Army War College.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal, the Presidents Hundred Tab, the Distinguished Rifleman Badge, and the Combat Action Badge, and the Meritorious Unit Citation, as well as various campaign and service medals.
Lt. Col. Rob Humphrey assumed duties as Garrison Deputy Commander at Fort McCoy June 18, 2010. Immediately prior to this assignment he served as Chief, Army Officer Policy at Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C.
He earned a master's degree cum laude in Public Administration from Norwich University at Northfield, Vt., and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Houghton College at Houghton, N.Y. His military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Adjutant General Officer Advanced Course, Combined Army and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and the Army Management Staff College. He is an Army War College selectee.
He enlisted in 1982 and served at the Joint Security Area, Pan Mun Jom, Korea and 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Riley, Kan. He entered the Army Reserve in 1986 with the 98th Division at Wellsville, N.Y. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in Field Artillery in May 1988. He initially was assigned at Olean, N.Y., as Commander, Headquarters Detachment, 3rd Battalion, 98th Regiment. While on active duty he completed assignments as Fire Direction Officer at Baumholder, Germany, Fire Support Officer and Battalion Personnel Officer (S1) for the 4th Battalion, 29th Field Artillery, and Assistant Adjutant for the 1st Armored Division Artillery. He then completed assignments at Fort Riley, Kan., as the G1 Planner with 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized), and as Commander, C Detachment, 1st Personnel Services Battalion.
He rejoined the Army Reserve in 1996 as a troop program unit officer. He served as Commander, 331st Adjutant General Company (Direct Support Postal) at Chicago, Ill.; Personnel Management Officer and Secretary of the General Staff for the 416th Engineer Command at Darien, Ill.; Assistant Professor of Military Science for the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Resource Management Officer for the 335th Signal Command at East Point, Ga. In 2004 he mobilized and deployed as the Comptroller and Deputy Chief of Staff, G1 for the 335th Signal Command (Theater) in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom at Camps Doha and Arifjan, Kuwait. He returned to active duty in support of the Army Reserve in 2005. He served as Branch Chief and Initial Military Training and Division Chief, Accessions, for the Army Reserve G1, Headquarters, U.S. Army Reserve Command, Fort McPherson, Ga., prior to his last assignment at the Pentagon.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 3, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
Command Sgt. Maj. William T. Bissonette Jr. assumed duties as Command Sergeant Major of U.S. Army Garrison, Fort McCoy, Wis., June 26, 2009. Immediately prior to this assignment he served as the command sergeant major of the 378th Military Intelligence Battalion (Battlefield Surveillance Brigade).
Bissonette, a native of Massena, N.Y., entered active duty March 16, 1982 and attended one-station unit training at Fort Benning, Ga., where he became an infantry anti-armor specialist.
His overseas assignments include the Republic of Korea, the U.S. Territory of Guam and the Republic of Iraq.
His stateside assignments include tours at Fort Campbell, Ky.; Fort Rucker, Ala.; Fort Bliss, Texas; the Pentagon; Fort McPherson, Ga.; and Fort Sheridan, Ill.
He has served in a variety of duty positions to include anti-armor specialist, machine gunner, weapons team leader, drill sergeant, recruiter, training and evaluation noncommissioned officer (NCO), unit training NCO, advanced NCO Course instructor, first sergeant, operations NCO, operations sergeant major, G7 sergeant major.
He has attended various military schools including the Air Assault School, Drill Sergeant School, Recruiting School, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Battle Focused Instructor Trainer Course, Emergency Preparedness Course, Force Integration Course, First Sergeant Course, Sergeants Major Course, Command Sergeants Major Course, and Garrison Command Sergeants Major Course. He holds an associate degree from Central Texas College.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Expert Infantry Badge, Air Assault Badge, Joint Staff Identification Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Basic Recruiter Badge with two Gold Stars, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Army Superior Unit Award, as well as various campaign and service medals.
Mr. Albert R. Fournier currently serves as the Deputy to the Garrison Commander. In this capacity, Fournier is the primary advisor to the Commander on all matters involving installation management. He is responsible for directing and managing the garrison staff. Fournier has been a member of the Fort McCoy Command Group since 1984. Prior to assuming chief of staff responsibilities in 2002, Fournier served first as the garrison's civilian executive officer from 1984 to 2001.
Fournier has more than 36 years of experience in the field of Army installation management. He began his federal civil service career in 1971 at Fort McCoy. His previous assignments have included program responsibility for labor negotiations, strategic business planning, and management analysis. Fournier earned a bachelor of science degree in business management graduating summa cum laude.