589th BSB

Commander

Lieutenant Colonel Luciano (Lou) F. Picco

Infantry Regiment U.S. Army National Guard while attending college in Dubuque Iowa as a Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadet. rd Battalion (BN), 133stLt. Col. Lou Picco was born and raised in New Mexico and enlisted in the Iowa National Guard in 2000. He was assigned to A Company (CO), 1

 

 

Assignments

Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks HI. He deployed with 2-11 FA to Iraq as a Platoon Leader and BN Fires Support Officer from 2007-2009 during Operation Iraqi Freedom.thAfter graduating from Loras College in 2004, LTC Picco was commissioned as Field Artillery Officer. He attended the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, OK and was assigned to 2-11 FA, 25

 

After transitioning to the logistics branch, LTC Picco completed the Logistics Officer Advanced Course and was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Leonard Wood MO, where he served as a Brigade Support Battalion S3 Operational Planner and as the Commander for the Forward Support Company 5th Engineer BN.

 

Engineer Regiment AC/RC, Ft. Bliss TX as a Battalion Executive Officer. Following his assignment at Ft. Bliss, LTC Picco attended the Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) in Ft. Leavenworth, KS. He graduated from CGSC in 2016 with a Master of Military Science and Arts with a focus on Executive Leadership. thLTC Picco was then assigned to the 3/364

 

LTC Picco following assignment was with US Army Cadet Command as the Brigade S3 Operations Officer out of Great Lake Illinois. He was responsible for a geographically dispersed ROTC Brigade covering a 10 state area with 42 Senior ROTC programs, 143 partner/affiliate programs, and 121 JROTC programs. His previous two joint NATO assignment were to the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Turkey (NRDC-T) in Istanbul Turkey where he served as in the G35 and G33 as a chief operational planner, and to the NATO School in Oberammergau Germany as the Senior Logistics Instructor.

 

Decorations and Badges

Lt. Col. Picco's decorations and awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (Joint Award), MSM with one OLC, Joint Service Commendation Medal (JSCM),  ARCOM with 3 OLC, the AAM with 3 OLC, the Valorous Unit Award, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the GWOT Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon the and the Parachutist Badge.

 

Family

Lt. Col. Picco is married to Deren Keser-Picco from Istanbul, Turkey, and has three children who reside in Illinois. 

Senior Enlisted Advisor

Command Sergeant Major James E. Morris

Command Sergeant Major James Edward Morris Jr. was born in Jackson, MS and entered the Army on 19 August 1997. He attended Basic Combat Training and Religious Affairs Specialist (formally known as Chaplain Assistant) Advanced Individual Training Course at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. 

Assignments

Command Sergeant Major Morris’s assignments as a Religious Affairs Specialist include duty in the 3-10th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Basic Combat Training Brigade and 43rd Adjutant General Battalion (Reception), Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; 212th. Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, Miesau, Germany; 130th Engineer Brigade, Hanau, Germany; 30th Medical Brigade and Headquarters United states Army Europe, Heidelberg, Germany; 5th Signal Command, Mannheim and Wiesbaden, Germany; Operations Group, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California; 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground - Edgewood, Maryland; 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky and Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 8th United States Army Camp Humphries, Republic of Korea; the Strategy, Proponency, Resources Directorate for Headquarters Department of the Army Office of the Chief of Chaplains, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia and currently selected as the Command Sergeant Major of 589 Brigade Support Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Brigade. SGM Morris served three tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. 

Education

Command Sergeant Major Morris is a graduate of the Sergeants Major Course, Class 68, Advance Noncommissioned Officer Course, Master Resilience Trainer Course, Observer Controller Academy, Emergency Medical Ministry Course, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Train the Trainer Course, and Red Team Leader Course. SGM Morris has completed Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership, Excelsior College, Albany, New York. 

Decorations and Badges   

His awards and decorations include the Legion Merit, Bronze Star Medal (6), Army Commendation Medal (Valor), Army Commendation (3), Army Achievement Medal (7), Army Good Conduct Medal (7), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service (4) \, NATO Medal, Driver’s Badge and Marksmanship Qualification Rifle Badge. 

Family

Sergeant Major Morris is married to Pamela and they have three children Salena, Jasmine, and James III.