USAG Command Group
Colonel Robert Anthony O'Brien IV
Commander, U.S. Army Garrison
COL Robert Anthony O'Brien IV
COL Bob O'Brien was commissioned in the Infantry in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy. His first assignment was with 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. Following the Infantry Officer's Advanced Course, he served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, Georgia, where he also earned a Master of Public Administration Degree. He deployed to Kosovo following this assignment, then commanded HHC and A Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division in Vilseck, Germany.
Upon graduation from the Command and General Staff College, COL O'Brien served as the Logistics Officer (S4) for the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. After overseeing the brigade's deployment to Operation Enduring Freedom VI, COL O'Brien became the Executive Officer for 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, based in Khowst, Afghanistan. Following this deployment, he became the 2-504 PIR Operations Officer (S3). He later served as the Light/Airborne S3 Trainer (Tarantula) and then the Brigade Combat Team S3 Trainer (Bronco) at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA.
COL O'Brien was command-selected in 2009 to serve with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division as an advisor battalion commander. After a short time advising the 2nd Brigade, 205th Corps Afghan National Army Commander, he deployed with the 2nd Brigade Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP) in January 2010 for Operation Mostarak in and around Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Upon completion of his mission with the ANCOP, COL O'Brien served as the Commander, Combined Team Kandahar City, commanding two battalions of 4th BCT, 82nd Airborne Division, during Operation Hamkari and transitioned command of Kandahar City from Canadian to US forces. Upon redeployment from Afghanistan, he served as the Deputy Commander, 1st BCT, 82nd Airborne Division.
Selected for a second battalion command, COL O'Brien commanded 5th Ranger Training Battalion — the mountain phase of US Army Ranger School — in Dahlonega, GA. Following battalion command, he attended the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks where he earned a Master of Military Arts degree. He then served at the I Corps Headquarters at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA as the I Corps Chief of Operations.
COL O'Brien's awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, GWOT Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal and NATO Medal (2 Campaign Stars).
Gunnar G.F. Pedersen, Jr.
Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Garrison
Gunnar G.F. Pedersen, Jr.
Mr. Gunnar G.F. Pedersen, Jr. serves as the Deputy to the Garrison Commander for U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick. In this capacity, he supports the Commander in accomplishing the mission of overall base operations management and represents the commander in his absence. He is responsible for managing the day-to-day base operations for the installation and tenant activities and for providing administrative program direction to various directors and special staff in finance, logistics, police and fire services, housing, engineering and environmental services, community activities, family programs and in the personnel arena.
Prior to his assignment he was the Deputy to the Garrison Commander, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico from February 4, 2007. During this period he also served in a Temporary Duty Status at the Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras, Central America tasked with establishing the Installation Management Command's first expeditionary garrison, the Army Support Activity Soto Cano, which provides garrison support to Joint Task Force-Bravo.
A Charter member of the Installation Management Agency/Installation Management Command, Mr. Pedersen has also served as the Lead Stationing Analyst in the IMCOM Southeast Region Stationing Management Office and as a Management Analyst in the Installation Support Directorate, Army Reserve Office in Headquarters Installation Management Agency. During the Transformation of Installation Management, Mr. Pedersen played a key role in the development of the Army Reserve Office.
During his military career Mr. Pedersen served in troop units as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and Infantry Company Commander. He later served at the Army Command level as a Manpower Control Officer, Force Development Officer and Organizational Integrator.
Mr. Pedersen is a graduate of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL, the US Army Command and General Staff College, the Army Management Staff College Sustaining Base Leadership and Management Program, and numerous technical courses in manpower, force development and Total Army Quality.
His civilian awards include the Superior Civilian Service Medal and eight awards of the Commander's Medal for Civilian Service.
Franklin D. Jordan
Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Garrison
Fort Detrick, Maryland
CSM Franklin D. Jordan
Command Sergeant Major Franklin D. Jordan was born in Miami, Florida and raised in Alapaha, Georgia where he entered the Army in July 1988. He attended Basic Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey and graduated Advanced Individual Training (AIT) as a 63W Wheel Vehicle Repairer.
CSM Jordan's assignments include B CO, 3RD FSB, 3ID, Schweinfurt, Germany from February 1989-February 1991. CSM Jordan was then assigned to Bravo Company 581ST Maintenance, 177TH FSB (OPFOR) Fort Irwin California from March 1991-May 1993. Upon departing California, CSM Jordan was assigned to the United States Army Element, HQ AFCENT, Brunssum Netherlands from May 1993-August 1996. CSM Jordan was then assigned to HHC, 49TH Quartermaster Group Ft. Lee, Virginia from March 1997- October 1998. Upon leaving Fort Lee, Virginia, CSM Jordan was assigned to BNCOC, NCO Academy, Aberdeen Proving Ground, and Maryland from October 1998- May 2000, later assigned to ANCOC, NCO Academy from May 2000- Dec 2001. CSM Jordan was later assigned to HHD, 702ND Main Support Battalion, 2ID, Camp Casey Korea from January 2002- December 2002. CSM Jordan was later assigned to Bravo Company 3RD FSB, 3ID-Maintenance Team Chief, Bravo Company 26TH FSB, 3ID- First Sergeant , HHC 3RD Sustainment Brigade, 3ID-Distrubution Sergeant Major, and as First Sergeant for Echo Company, 703RD BSB, 3ID, Fort Stewart, Georgia where he deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) I, III and V. Upon leaving Fort Stewart Georgia, CSM Jordan was assigned to HHC Division Special Troop Battalion, 2ID, Camp Red Cloud, Korea as the G-4 Maintenance Sergeant Major from July 2009- June 2010. In July 2010- February 2012, CSM Jordan was later assigned to HHC 299TH Brigade Support Battalion, 1ID, Fort Riley, Kansas as the Battalion Command Sergeant Major and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn from November 2010 - October 2011. After returning from Iraq, In February 2012- January 2014 CSM Jordan was reassigned to HHC, 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1ID, Fort Riley, Kansas for a second tour as Battalion Command Sergeant Major. In February 2014, CSM Jordan was assigned to HQ Army Materiel Command, Redstone Arsenal as the AMC, Inspector General Sergeant Major.
CSM Jordan leadership positions include Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Small Group Leader (BNCOC and ANCOC), Support Operation (SPO) Maintenance NCOIC, First Sergeant, Iraqi Security Force Sergeant Major, Distribution Sergeant Major, G-4 Maintenance Sergeant Major, Battalion Command Sergeant Major, and Inspector General Sergeant Major.
CSM Jordan's military awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal (3-OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (4-OLC) Joint Commendation Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3-OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4-OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (8TH ) National Defense Service Medal (2 Bronze Star), Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbons, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development (4TH ) Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation (2-OLC), Army Superior Unit Award, Combat Action Badge, Mechanic and Driver Badge, German Marksmanship Badge, Order of Saint Maurice and Order of Samuel Sharpe Award.
CSM Jordan's military schools include Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC), Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course (BNCOC), Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course (ANCOC), Battle Staff Course, First Sergeant Course, and United States Army Sergeant Major Academy (USASMA) Class-59, Battalion Pre-Command Course (BN-PCC), The Inspector General Course, and Brigade Pre-Command Course (BDE-PCC).
CSM Jordan graduated from Excelsior College where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Liberal Arts and Webster University where he earned his Master Degree in Management and Leadership.
Mark C. Dahlquist
Manager, Forest Glen Annex
US Army Garrison, Fort Detrick
Mr. Mark C. Dahlquist serves as the commander's day-to-day representative at Forest Glen Annex and represents the command with local governments and civic organizations. He actively engages with customers and oversees delivery of garrison services.
Prior to his assignment as the manager of Forest Glen Annex, he was the regional installation support specialist assigned to Support Team Readiness with primary responsibility to Fort Drum, NY and USAG Miami. He joined the IMCOM, Atlantic Region team in August 2011 but has served within IMCOM since 2005 as a contract military analyst for IMCOM Northeast Region's Operation Division with focus on the Organizational Inspection Program and Contingency/Emergency Operations Planning. He later joined civil service in 2010 where he served as the region's airfields and mission command training centers subject matter expert.
During his military career, Mr. Dahlquist served in all three Army components as an engineer officer and retired from the Army Reserves after a 24 year career. He has six years in command and has served in several primary staff positions. Deployed in 2003 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom he served as an executive officer. His last assignment was as team leader at 416th Engineer Command, Fort Eustis, VA.
In 1982 he earned a Bachelor of Science in geography urban planning from Northern Michigan University and a regular Army commission. In 1996 he earned a Master's degree in public administration with an emphasis in personnel and labor relations.
Mr. Dahlquist's awards include two Superior Civilian Service Awards, Bronze Star, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal and Parachutist Badge.