Lieutenant Colonel Koonce was commissioned into the US Army after graduating from Texas A&M University in 1990. He spent twenty three years on active duty before retiring in 2013.
During those twenty three years, he served in a variety of staff and leadership positions within the Military Police Corps, including Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Battalion S1, Company Commander, Installation Provost Marshal, Battalion Executive Officer, Battalion Commander, Military Police School Instructor, Chief of Antiterrorism, Director of Detainee Operations, and Chief of Military Police Enlisted Assignments. Those assignments took him to twelve different locations throughout the world, to include Fort McClellan, Alabama; Fort Lewis, Washington; Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras; Fort Polk, Louisiana; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Kaiserslautern, Germany; Thessaloniki, Greece; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Camp Eggers, Afghanistan; Fort Benning, Georgia; and Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Lieutenant Colonel Koonce holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Texas A&M University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Maryland (European Division). He is also a graduate of the Command and General Staff College.
Lieutenant Colonel Koonce deployed seven times throughout his career, twice in support of JTF-Bravo (Honduras), twice in support of Kosovo Forces (KFOR), once in support of Operation Uphold Democracy (Haiti), once in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (Kuwait), and once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).
His awards include:
- the Legion of Merit
- the Bronze Star Medal
- the Meritorious Service Medal (7th award), the Army Commendation Medal (8th award)
- the Air Force Commendation Medal
- the Army Achievement Medal (3rd award)
- the Parachutist Badge
- the German Military Efficiency Badge in Gold
- the Air Force Security Police Qualification Badge
Lieutenant Colonel Koonce is also the recipient of the Military Police Corps Regiment’s Order of the Marechaussee in Bronze.
Lieutenant Colonel Koonce began instructing JROTC at Lakeland High School in August 2013. He is married and has two daughters.
Bobby Eugene Neal Jr. is a native of Haines City, Florida. He enlisted in the United States Army on September 13, 1983. He enlisted in the Infantry, MOS 19D and attended the Infantry Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky as a Cavalry Scout, and later transitioned into the Air Defense Artillery, as a Vulcan Crew-member, MOS 16R.
CSM Neal’s military and civilian education includes completion of all phases of the NCOES from Primary Leadership Development Course, Fort Carson, CO; The Basic and Advance Non-commission Officers Course, Fort Bliss, TX; US Army Master Fitness Course, Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN; Basic Combatives Instructor Course, JBLM WA; Drill Sergeant School, Fort Jackson, SC; Basic Airborne School, Fort Benning, GA; First Sergeant Course, Fort Stewart, GA; Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer Course and the Sergeants Major Course Class#5-10, US Army Sergeant Major Academy, Fort Bliss, TX; Army Force Management Course, Fort Belvoir, VA; Pre-command and Command Sergeant Major Course, Fort Leavenworth, KS. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Excelsior College in Albany, New York.
CSM has served in a variety of NCO leadership positions and assignments, all with distinction. Among his many assignments includes service at Fort Knox, Kentucky; Camp Casey, Korea; Fort Carson, Colorado; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Stewart, Georgia; Camp Stanton, Korea; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Lewis, Washington; 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment as the Battalion Command Sergeant Major; and at Fort Sill, OK with the 2D Battalion 6th Air Defense Artillery as the Battalion Command Sergeant Major. He also served in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom I and III.
CSM has been awarded the Overseas Ribbon 4OLC, the Army Service Ribbon, the NCOPDR w/numeral 4, the National Defense Medal w/Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal 10th Award, the Army Achievement Medal 15OLC, the Army Commendation Medal with “Valor” Device, the Commendation Medal 7OLC, the Meritorious Service Medal 5OLC, and the Bronze Star Medal.
His awards include:
- the Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2BRZ Stars,
- the Korean Defense Service Medal,
- the Global war on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal,
- the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
- the Iraq Service Medal.
- the Drill Sergeant Badge,
- Parachutist Badge,
- Driver and Mech Badge W/ Driver-Tracked Vehicles(s) Clasp,
- Expert Marksmanship Badge,
- German Armed Forces Badge
- Combat Action Badge
CSM Neal began instructing JROTC at Lakeland High School in February, 2016 after 32 years on active duty, Command Sergeant Neal retired in October 2015. He is married and has three kids, Jason, Farderaka, Reginald.