Leaders

Brigadier General Stephen Curda

9th MSC Leaders Brigadier General Stephen Curda

Brigadier General Stephen K. Curda

Commanding General

Brigadier General (BG)Stephen Curdais the Commander of the 9th Mission Support Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Since his commissioning, Brigadier General Curda has served in a variety of command and staff positions in many diverse locations, including Platoon Leader in 2 ID, Republic of Korea, Company Commander in Ft. Davis, Panama, S-3 in Ft. Hood, TX, and duty in Soto Cano AB, Honduras. He also served as the 45th Infantry Brigade (Separate), S-4 Logistics Officer and Chemical Officer. As part of the 350th Civil Affairs Command, Brigadier General Curda participated in numerous joint exercises in Central and South America. Brigadier General Curda has commanded at every echelon from company, battalion, brigade and previous general officer level command as the Commander of the 351st Civil Affairs Command, in Mountain View, California, where his units were responsible for Civil Affairs support activities across U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM).

Brigadier General Curda served with the Joint Special Operations University in Hurlburt Field, Florida, as the Director of Distance Learning and help launched distance learning programs for JSOU. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was mobilized and served in Iraq as a Deputy and eventually Interim Senior Advisor of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research for the Coalition Provisional Authority. He successfully served as a Battalion Commander for the 451st Civil Affairs Battalion. During his command tenure, his battalion supported four Operation Iraqi Freedom and one Operation Enduring Freedom rotations. Brigadier General Curda commanded the 308th Civil Affairs Brigade with distinction and upon completion of command, he was mobilized and served as the US Forces – Afghanistan J9 Director, responsible for all US civil-military operations in Afghanistan.

Brigadier General Curda holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology and has held faculty and administrative positions at Florida State University, University of Toledo and University of West Florida. Currently, he is the Director of Assessment and Innovative Technology and tenured associate professor at National Louis University.

He has received numerous awards and decorations including the Legion of Merit (OLC), Bronze Star Medal (OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (OLC) and the U.S. Army Parachutist badge, the Canadian Parachutist badge, and Italian Airborne badge.

Brigadier General Curda is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

Brigadier General Curda is married to Dr. Leslie Curda. She is currently an associate professor of education and full time mother to their five children: Riley, Piper, Major, Glory and Saylor.

Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5) John Brasfield

Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5) John Brasfield

Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5) John Brasfield

Command Warratn Officer Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5) John Brasfield enlisted in the United States Army in July 1987. He received his Basic Training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky and his Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana.

CW5 Brasfield has held a variety of assignments in multiple components to include: Legal Specialist, 113th JAG Detachment, Wichita, Kansas (USAR); Cavalry Scout, HHC, 2/7th Infantry, 24th Infantry Division, Ft. Stewart, Georgia (AC); OH-58 Scout Pilot, C Company, 1st Infantry Division, Ft. Riley, Kansas (AC); RC-12 Pilot, HHS, 1st Military Intelligence Battalion, Wiesbaden, Germany (AC); UH-1 Pilot, D Company, 1/114th AVN, Salina, Kansas (KSARNG); Deputy S-4, 69th Troop Command, Wichita, Kansas (KSARNG); Legal Administrator, OSJA, 89th RRC, Wichita, Kansas (USAR); Legal Administrator, HQ, 8th LSO, Independence, MO (USAR); Force Manager, USAR Legal Command, Gaithersburg, MD (USAR); Command Chief Warrant Officer, USAR Legal Command (USAR). During these assignments, CW5 Brasfield completed two combat, and five imminent danger tours.

CW5 Brasfield is a graduate of the Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course, Army Force Management Course, Fixed Wing Multi-Engine Qualification Course, Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course, and multiple other qualification and military professional development courses. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University and a Masters of Business Administration from Southwestern College.

CW5 Brasfield’s decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (7 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (4 OLC), National Defense Service Medal (1 BS), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Medal (2 BS), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (Bronze Hourglass), Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Saudi Arabian Medal for the Liberation of Kuwait, Kuwait Liberation of Kuwait Medal, Army Senior Aviator Badge, Air Assault Badge, Army Superior Unit Award, and Expert Drivers Badge - Wheeled Vehicle.

CW5 Brasfield is currently employed as the Critical Response Manager for Flight Safety International, a Berkshire Hathaway Company. He is married to Mardonna Brasfield. They have five children, Justin, Kaitlyn, Alessandra (Lessi), Jackson, and Tucker.

Command Sergeant Major Christopher S. Lindung

Command Sergeant Major Christopher S. Lindung

Command Sergeant Major Christopher S. Lindung

Command Sergeant Major

Command Sergeant MajorChristopher S. Lindungenlisted in the United States Army in March 1984. He received his Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, GA.

Command Sergeant Major Lindung’s stations of assignments after completion of training includes: CSC, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC(1984-1988); C Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Special Forces Group (ABN), San Diego, CA(1988-1994); 301st Psychological Operations Company (ABN), San Diego, CA(1994-2004); CSM for 426th Civil Affairs Battalion (SO)(ABN), Upland, CA(2004-2007); CSM for 14th Psychological Operations Battalion, Moffett Field, CA(2007-2012). CSM for the 358 Civil Affairs Brigade, Riverside CA.(2012-2013). His last unit of assignment was as the CSM for the 7th Psychological Operations Group, Moffett Field, CA. His deployments’ include Operation Uphold Democracy with the 301st POC (1995-96); Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 301st POC (2003-04) and Operation New Dawn with the 14th Psychological Operations Task Force (2011).

Command Sergeant Major Lindung is a graduate of the Basic, Primary and the Advanced Non-commissioned Officer Courses, the First Sergeant Course and a graduate of Class 31 of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.

Command Sergeant Major Lindung’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal(1 OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal(1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Iraq Campaign Medal (3 campaign stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (8 OLC), National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), Armed Forces Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (w/Bronze Hourglass & 2 x Mobilization devices), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (4), Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Overseas Training Ribbon (4), United Nations Medal (Haiti), Joint Meritorious Unit Citation(2 awards JTF6 & Haiti), Navy Presidential Unit Citation (Iraqi Freedom), Expert Infantryman's Badge, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Romanian Parachutist Badge.

Command Sergeant Major Lindung is currently employed as a Supervisory Special Agent with the Department of Homeland Security’s Marine Task Force (HSI) in San Diego, CA. CSM Lindung is married to the former Elizabeth Wuestenberg of Carson City, NV. They have 3 children; Christopher, Matthew and Peter.



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