Lieutenant Colonel Cleveland F. Henry, Jr.
Recruiting & Retention Commander
Lieutenant Colonel Cleveland Henry began his military career on 28 December 1984, as an enlisted Airman in the United States Air Force (USAF). In 1991, LTC Henry enlisted into the Massachusetts Army National Guard, attended the state Officer Candidate School (OCS) and commissioned as an Ordnance officer on 23 August 1993.
Upon graduating from OCS, LTC Henry was assigned as a Platoon Leader for Company E, 114th Main Support Battalion. After attending the Ordnance Maintenance Management Officer Basic Course at Aberdeen Proving Ground, he transferred to the Maryland Army National Guard and began a new civilian career in the affordable housing and property management field. His assignments as a traditional Maryland Guardsman include Platoon Leader and Executive Officer for Company A, 129th Signal Battalion, and the Battalion Signal Officer and S-1 for the 2-110th Field Artillery (FA) Battalion. Additionally, LTC Henry had two consecutive command tours with the FA battalion. In 2002, he commanded the Headquarters and Headquarters Service Company during its deployment in support of Operation Noble Eagle. Three years later, he was selected as the firing battery commander for Battery B.
LTC Henry entered the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) program upon his selection as the S-1 for the 729th Brigade Support Battalion on 8 August 2006. On 22 February 2007, he was assigned to the Recruiting and Retention Battalion where he first served as the Battalion Executive Officer and then the Assistant Professor of Military Science at Morgan State University. In 2010, he deployed with the 29th Infantry Division Security Partnering Team (SYP) and worked as an embedded advisor and mentor to Afghan G-1 officers at the Afghan Army National Military Command Center (NMCC), Kabul Afghanistan. Upon his redeployment, LTC Henry was detailed for three years as the Deputy Inspector General before completing his most recent assignment as the Officer Personnel Branch Chief, G1.
LTC Henry’s education includes the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Human Resource Management, Support Operations, Field Artillery Officer Advanced, and Signal Officer Advanced Courses. LTC Henry graduated from Morgan State University with a Bachelors of Art in Sociology and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Webster University.
LTC Henry resides in Columbia, Maryland with his wife, Lieutenant Colonel Kristine Henry, and has two children: Alexander, 2, and Xavier, 9.
Command Sergeant Major Thomas N. Thompson
Recruiting & Retention CSM
Command Sergeant Major Thompson enlisted into the Regular as an Infantryman and shipped to Fort Benning, Georgia in June of 1985. In 1986, he transferred to Company C (Airborne) 4-327 Infantry (later designated Co C (ABN) 1-17th IN), Fort Richardson, Alaska. While assigned to “Charlie Airborne” he held almost every position then associated with an Airborne Infantry Company to include Rifleman, Grenadier, M249 Gunner, M60 Gunner, 90mm Recoilless Rifle Gunner and RTO. In 1988, then SGT Thompson was extended to be part of the cadre of a Cohort Airborne Company that was being created to help form the re-activation of the 1-501 Infantry (Airborne) at Fort Richardson and served as a a Team Leader and Squad leader with the Company,
SGT Thompson left the Regular Army and joined the Maryland Army National Guard, and was assigned as an Assistant Team Leader and later a Team Leader for the 129th Infantry Detachment (LRS). In April of 1991, he began an AGR tour as a Production Recruiter working out of the Hagerstown Armory, and was the West Area Rookie of the year in 1992. Since joining the MDARNG Full Time Support force, CSM Thompson has held the positions of Production Recruiter, Administration NCO, Training NCO, Supply Sergeant, Readiness NCO, Battalion Operations Sergeant, Joint Domestic Operations and Plans NCO and Battalion Operations Sergeant Major. He has served as a Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Operations Sergeant Major, and acting Command Sergeant Major. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005 and 2007 and Sinai, Egypt in 2010.
CSM Thompson’s awards and decoration include Bronze Star (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC) Army Commendation Medal (4OLC), Army Achievement Medal (6OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (8th award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Iraqi Campaign Medal (3 campaign stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with (silver hourglass and M device), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 4), Overseas Service Ribbon (4th award) Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (4th award), Multinational Force & Observer Medal, Army Superior Unit Ribbon, MD Meritorious Service Medal, MD Outstanding Unit Ribbon (3rd award), MD National Guard Recruiting Medal (3rd award), MD Emergency Services Medal (6th award), MD Service Medal (4th award), DC Community Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Driver-Mechanic Badge-W, Recruiting & Retention Badge, The Order of Saint Maurice—Centurion.