U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox Leadership
Major General Peggy C. Combs, was commissioned a Regular Army second lieutenant in the United States Army Chemical Corps in May 1985, as a distinguished military graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. Throughout her 29 year service tenure, Major General Combs has served in a variety of leadership and staff positions at the tactical, operational and strategic levels.
Tactical assignments include a myriad of diverse staff officer positions at the battalion, brigade and division level, in the 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia, and at the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Command assignments include Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Commander, 84th Chemical Battalion, and Commander 3rd Chemical Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Major General Combs served at the joint operational level as the Joint Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Operations Officer during Operation Enduring Freedom, for the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), MacDill AFB, Florida, and as the Chief of Staff for the Iraq Training and Advisory Mission, United States Forces-Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq. Strategic level assignments include duty at the National Ground Intelligence Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, and as the Chief, Full Dimension Protection Division, DCS G8, US Army Pentagon, Washington, DC. Major General Combs served as the Deputy Commanding General, US Army Cadet Command (ROTC) and Fort Knox, Fort Knox, Kentucky. She most recently served as the 27th Chief of Chemical and Commandant, US Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. From 21 May-27 August 2013, Major General Combs simultaneously served as the Commanding General, US Army Training Center and Fort Jackson, Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
Major General Combs' military education includes the US Army Command and General Staff College, and the US Army War College. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Syracuse University, a Master of Science Degree from Saint Mary College, and a Master of Strategic Arts Degree from the US Army War College.
Major General Combs' awards and decorations include the Army Legion of Merit (three oak leaf clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal (five oak leaf clusters), the Joint Service Achievement Medal (one oak leaf cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (three oak leaf clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (one oak leaf cluster), the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.
Command Sergeant Major Gabriel S. Arnold was born on April 21, 1970 in Huntington Park, CA and was raised in Los Angeles. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in February 1989 as a 54B, Chemical Operations Specialist.
Command Sergeant Major Arnold’s assignments and positions include Chemical Operations Specialist, Service Battery 2-29 Field Artillery and CBRN NCO Charlie Battery 2-29 Field Artillery, Baumholder, Germany; Opposing Forces (OPFOR) Reconnaissance Team and Squad Leader, 164th Chemical Company, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA; CBRN NCO, Alpha Battery, 1/8th Field Artillery, Schofield Barracks, HI; CBRN NCO, Foxtrot Battery, 7th Field Artillery, Schofield Barracks, HI; Senior Drill Sergeant, Delta Company, 82nd Chemical Battalion, Fort McClellan, AL; Battalion CBRN NCO, 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat/Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC; Platoon Sergeant, 21st Chemical Company (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC; First Sergeant, Bravo Company, 82nd Forward Support Battalion (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC; Alpha Company, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, TX; Operations Sergeant Major, 3d Chemical Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Command Sergeant Major for, 82nd Chemical Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Command Sergeant Major for 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, Fort Leonard Wood, MO and Command Sergeant Major for United States Army Garrison DAEGU, South Korea; 12th Regimental Command Sergeant Major, United States Army Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear School, Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Command Sergeant Major Arnold has participated in several world-wide deployments including Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Command Sergeant Major Arnold’s military schools include: Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, First Sergeant Course and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. His other military schools include Drill Sergeant, Airborne, Jumpmaster, Air Assault, Battle Staff Course and the Ranger Indoctrination Program. He is also a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.
His decorations include the Legion of Merit (1st OLC), the Bronze Star Medal (1st OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3d OLC), Combat Action Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Valorous Unit Award.