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Leadership

 
1/209th RTI Crest

Commandant

 

CSM Curtis C. Koehler

CSM Curtis C. Koehler
Commandant

 

Command Sergeant Major Curtis C. Koehler was raised in Lyons, Nebraska and began his military career with the Nebraska Army National Guard in 1993 at the age of seventeen.  He has been deployed three times overseas; Operation Desert Spring Kuwait (2001), Operation Iraqi Freedom (2005-2006), Operation Enduring Freedom (2010-2011), as well as a domestic mobilization to the Southwest Border Mission (2021-2022).

CSM Koehler has served the Nebraska Army National Guard as a Tank Crew Member-Troop A 1/167th Cavalry, Scout Squad Leader- Troop B 1/167th Cavalry, Supply Sergeant- Troop B 1/167th Cavalry, Battalion S-4 NCO- 734th Transportation Battalion, 402nd Military Police Battalion and 126th Chemical Battalion. He has also served as the Senior Supply NCO- 92nd Troop Command, First Sergeant for the 623rd Engineer Company, G-4 Sergeant Major for Joint Forces Headquarters, as well as the 128th Engineer Battalion Command Sergeant Major in Columbus, Nebraska.  CSM Koehler is currently serving as the Commandant of the 1-209th Regiment (NCOA).

CSM Koehler’s completed Non-Commissioned Officer Enlisted schools include Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officers Course, Advanced Non-Commissioned Officers Course, Company Commander/First Sergeant Pre-command Course, United States Army Sergeants Majors Academy, Battalion Commander/Command Sergeants Major Pre-command Course, as well as the Commandant Pre-command Course.  His civilian education includes a Building Construction Associates Degree from Northeast Community College.

His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4), Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Good Conduct Medal (6), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (3), National Defense Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (4), NCO Professional Development Medal (5), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, NATO Medal, Nebraska National Guard Commendation Medal, Nebraska National Guard Service Medal (5), Nebraska National Guard Emergency Service Medal (2), National Guard Meritorious Service Medal, Nebraska National Guard Homeland Defense Service Medal, Nebraska National Guard Individual Achievement Medal (2). 

CSM Koehler and his wife Stacy currently reside in Wahoo, Nebraska with their two children, daughter Rylee (19) and son Reid (16).

Deputy Commandant

 

1SG Andrew M. Siemek

1SG Andrew M. Siemek
Deputy Commandant

 

1SG Andrew Siemek enlisted into the Nebraska Army National Guard in November 2001, and attended Basic Combat Training (BCT) at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he was awarded the Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) 88M, Motor Transport Operator.   

1SG Siemek’s military education includes the following four levels of Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Professional Development System: Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC), Basic Noncomissined Officer Course (BNCOC), Senior Leaders Course (SLC), and Master Leaders Course (MLC).  He is also a graduate of the following military courses: Recruiting and Retention Course (SQI 4), Unit Training NCO Course, Unit Supply Specialist (MOS 92Y), Army Basic Instructor Course, Small Group Instructor Training, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Healthcare Specialist (68W MOS), Airborne (SQI P), Basic Military Police (MOS 31B), Unit Readiness NCO Course, Air Assault (ASI 2B), Battle Staff NCO (ASI 2S), and Training Officer/Operations NCO.

1SG Siemek’s previous assignments include: Heavy Vehicle Driver, 1075th Transportation Company; Vehicle Driver, Company B 735th Main Support Battalion; Recruiting and Retention NCO, Recruiting and Retention Command; Training NCO, 1075th Transportation Company; Small Group Leader, 1st Battalion 209th Regiment (Noncommissioned Officer Academy); Training NCO; 195th Forward Support Company (Special Operations) (Airborne); Detachment Sergeant/Readiness NCO; 192nd Military Police Detachment; Assistant Operations Sergeant, 110th Multifunctional Medical Battalion; Assistant Operations Sergeant, 92nd Troop Command.  He is currently assigned as the Deputy Commandant for 1st Battalion 209th Regional Training Institute (Noncommissioned Officer Academy).

1SG Siemek’s awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (7 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (6 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (5 Knots), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Nebraska National Guard Individual Achievement Medal (6 OLC), Nebraska National Guard Recruiting Achievement Medal, Nebraska National Guard Emergency Service Medal, Nebraska National Guard Service Medal (Bronze XV), and the Louisiana National Guard Emergency Service Medal.  He has also earned the Basic Army Instructor Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Driver Badge.

1SG Siemek is a native of Duncan, NE and currently resides in Louisville, NE with his wife, NaTosha, and three children Theodore (9), Scarlett (6), and Mara (3).

Chief of Training

 

SFC Tony Franklin

SFC Tony Franklin
Chief of Training

 

SFC Tony Franklin enlisted into the United States Army in 2005 as an 18X (Special Forces Recruit) and attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he was awarded the MOS 11B, Infantryman.  

SFC Franklin’s military and civilian education includes the following four levels of Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Professional Development System: Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC), Basic Non-commissioned Officer Course (BNCOC), Senior Leader Course (SLC), and Master Leader Course (MLC). He is also a graduate of the following military courses: Airborne School, Special Forces Qualification Course (18E), Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant’s Course (18F), Advanced Special Operation Techniques Course, Non-Conventional Assisted Recovery Plans and Operations Course, Marine Tactical Air Control Party Course, Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) School (High Risk), Persian Farsi Language Training, and the Common Faculty Development Instructor Course (CFD-IC). SFC Franklin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the American Military University.

SFC Franklin’s previous assignments include: Junior and Senior Communications Sergeant, Special Forces Operational Detachment - Alpha (SFOD-A) 5332 and SFOD-Bravo 5330, Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant and Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), SFOD-A 5332; Electronic Warfare Specialist, 67th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB), and Senior Small group leader with the 1/209th Regional Training Institute (RTI) Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA). He is currently assigned as the Chief of Training for the Basic Leader Course at 1/209th RTI (NCOA).

SFC Franklin’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Joint Commendation Service Medal (Combat Device), Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (3 Knots), National Defense Service Medal, Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal (1 Campaign Star), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Medal, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Campaign Stars), Nebraska National Guard Emergency Service Medal, the Nebraska National Guard Individual Achievement Medal, the Army Valorous Unit Award, the Army Meritorious Unit Commendation (1 OLC), and the Army Superior Unit Award (1 OLC). He also earned the Special Forces Tab, Parachutist Badge, Excellence in Competition Badge – Pistol, Excellence in Competition Badge – Rifle, Canadian Parachutist Badge, and the Master Army Instructor Badge.

SFC Franklin is married and has two sons and one daughter.

Quality Assurance Officer

 

MSG Luke Smith

MSG Luke Smith
Quality Assurance Officer

 

MSG Luke Smith enlisted into the Nebraska Army National Guard in 1998 and attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Knox, Kentucky where he was awarded the Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) 19D, Cavalry Scout.

MSG Smith’s military and civilian education includes the following levels of Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Professional Development System: Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC), Advanced Leaders Course (ALC), Senior Leaders Course (SLC), Company Commander/First Sergeant Pre-command Course, and United States Army Sergeants Major Course. He is also a graduate of the following military courses: Military Intelligence Analyst Course (35F MOS), Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Specialist Course (74D MOS), Military Police Course (MPC), Army Basic Instructor Course (ABIC), Common Faculty Development Instructor Course (CFD-IC), Equal Opportunity Advisor Course (EOA), and Quality Assurance Evaluator Course (QAEC). MSG Smith has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Doane University and an Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership and Workforce Development from the Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership Center of Excellence (NCOLCoE).

MSG Smith’s previous assignments include: Scout/Grenadier/Gunner/Team Leader Troop A 1-167th Cavalry; Intelligence Sergeant/ASAS Master Analyst, 67th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (BFSB); Senior Intelligence Sergeant, 1-134th Cavalry Squadron Reconnaissance and Surveillance (R&S); Recruit Sustainment Coordinator, Nebraska Recruiting & Retention Command; Operations NCO/Readiness NCO, 67th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB); and First Sergeant of the First Infantry Division Main Command Post Operational Detachment (MCPOD).  He currently serves as the Quality Assurance NCO with 1/209th Regional Training Institute Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) and is assigned as the Equal Opportunity Advisor for 209th Regional Training Institute and Nebraska Army National Guard Training Site units.

MSG Smith’s awards and decorations include: Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (5 Knots), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (1 OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (4 Campaign Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, , Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (Numeral 3, Silver Hourglass Device, and M Device), Army Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 5), Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Medal, Nebraska National Guard Individual Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Nebraska National Guard Homeland Defense Ribbon (M Device), Nebraska National Guard Service Ribbon, and the Louisiana National Guard Emergency Service Ribbon.

MSG Smith is married and has one son.