Rakkasans Leadership



Brigade Commander

COL J.B. Vowell graduated from the University of Alabama in August, 1991, and was commissioned as an Infantry 2LT.

COL Vowell’s first assignment was to the 82d Airborne Division where he served as Rifle Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Battalion S3 Air.  While at the 82d Airborne Division, he deployed to Operation Hurricane Andrew Relief in 1992 and for six months to the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Sinai, Egypt, in 1995. Upon completion of the IOAC, COL Vowell was assigned as the Battalion S4 in 1-4 IN, Hohenfels, Germany and then commanded A/1-4 IN. COL Vowell next served as a Small Group Instructor and Tactics Team Chief from 1999-2002 for the Infantry Captains’ Career Course, Fort Benning, GA.

Upon graduation from CGSC, COL Vowell was then assigned to the 25th Infantry Division in 2004, serving first as the Chief of Plans, Combined Joint Task Force 76, Bagram, Afghanistan (OEF V).  He then served as the Battalion S3 for 2-35 IN and Brigade S3 for 3rd IBCT, 25th Infantry Division deploying to Kirkuk, Iraq (OIF 06-08).  COL Vowell next served as the 3rd IBCT, 25th IN DIV Brigade XO.

COL Vowell commanded 2d battalion, 327th Infantry “No Slack” in the 1st BCT, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).  He deployed with his Infantry Task Force to Kunar and Nangarhar provinces, Afghanistan (OEF XI).  Upon redeployment, COL Vowell served as G3 of 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). 

COL Vowell most recently served as a National Security Fellow to Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC).

Brigade CSM Walter A. Tagalicud

Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Walter A. Tagalicud hails from Orlando, Florida. He entered the United States Army on 20 August 1986 at Fort Benning, GA as an Infantryman.

CSM Tagalicud has served in numerous leadership positions to include the following: Team leader, Squad Leader, Air Base Ground Defense Instructor, Recruiter, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Operations Sergeant Major and Command Sergeant Major.

CSM Tagalicud’s assignments include: 1st Battalion 10th Infantry Fort Carson, CO; 5th Battalion 87th Infantry Fort Clayton, Panama; Air Base Ground Defense School Fort Dix, NJ; 1st Battalion 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment Fort Polk, LA; U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Tampa, FL; 1st Battalion 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Fort Bragg, NC; 1st Battalion 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment Fort Richardson, AK; Headquarters, 4th Brigade 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) Fort Richardson, AK; 1st Battalion 40th Cavalry (Airborne) Fort Richardson, AK, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, KY; 2nd Battalion 2nd Infantry, Fort Knox, KY; and 1st Battalion 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, NC. CSM Tagalicud currently serves as the Command Sergeant Major for the 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

His military education includes all levels of the Noncommissioned Officers Education System, cap-stoning with the attendance at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 59).  CSM Tagalicud is also a graduate of the following courses: Ranger, Recruiting, Instructor Course, Jumpmaster, Airborne, Air Assault, and other career enhancing schools.

His awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal (4th award), the Meritorious Service Medal (5th award), the Army Commendation Medal (6th award), the Army Achievement Medal (6th award), Combat Infantryman Badge (2nd award), Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Excellence in Competition Medal, Gold Recruiter Badge, and the German Parachutist Badge. He is also a recipient of the Order of Saint Maurice; Primicerius.

He is married with has two daughters and a grandson. 

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