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86th IBCT (MTN) Commander


COL Nathan F. Lord

        COL Nathan Lord started his military career in Bravo Company 3rd Battalion 172nd Infantry (Mountain) of the Maine Army National Guard in 1988. He was later commissioned a 2LT of Infantry in 1991 from the University of Maine ROTC program. He initially served as a rifle platoon leader in Company A 3rd Battalion 172nd Infantry (Mountain) in Jericho Vermont.


        COL Lord is a career mountain infantry officer whose assignments include Company Executive Officer and Company Commander Alpha Company 3rd Battalion 172nd Infantry (Mountain) , Operations Officer Army Mountain Warfare School, Executive Officer 3rd Battalion 172nd Infantry (Mountain), Operations Officer 86th Troop Command, Training Officer and Executive Officer 86th IBCT (Mountain) and Operations Officer, Vermont Army National Guard. COL Lord Commanded the 3rd Battalion 172nd Infantry (Mountain) from 2006-2009 and the Army Mountain Warfare School from 2009-2011. COL Lord is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom.


        His awards and decorations include among others the Bronze Star medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, the Parachutist Badge, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, and the Ram's Head Device. COL Lord is a graduate of all levels of the officer education system as well as both summer and winter phases of Army Mountain Warfare School, the Winter Assault Climber Course, the Sniper Course, Northern Warfare Training Center, and the Norwegian Winter Warfare School.


        COL Lord grew up on the coast of Maine and currently lives in Waterbury Vermont with his wife Sarah, son Samuel and daughter Elizabeth.

86th IBCT (MTN) Command Sergeant Major


 CSM Paul A. Edwards

        Command Sergeant Major Paul Edwards, the senior enlisted Soldier of the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), was born and raised in Haverhill, Massachusetts and moved to South Burlington, Vermont in 1988 after graduating from the University of Massachusetts where he earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science. He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1981 and attended basic training at Ft Dix, NJ and advanced training at the Infantry school at Ft Benning, GA as an 11 series Infantryman.


        He was initially assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry and later attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as an Infantry second lieutenant in 1983. CSM Edwards served in a variety of assignments as a commissioned officer, including rifle platoon leader, heavy mortar platoon leader, company executive officer, and company commander. He also held staff positions in the Personnel (S-1), Intelligence (S-2), and Logistics (S-4) sections. After his commissioned service he returned to the enlisted ranks and served as a rifle squad leader, mortar squad leader, drill sergeant, operations sergeant, Army ROTC instructor, 11B NCOES chief instructor, company first sergeant, and battalion command sergeant major.  


        CSM Edwards has served in the 182nd, 304th, and 172nd Infantry regiments. He has served combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2005, and in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010.


        CSM Edwards' military schools include: Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Mortar Platoon Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Army Mountain Warfare School, Drill Sergeant School, Air Assault School, Total Army Instructor Training Course, Small Group Instructor Training Course, the First Sergeant's Course, the Sergeants Major Academy, and the Command Sergeants Major course.


        His decorations include: the Bronze Star medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement medal, the Army Good Conduct medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit award, the Valorous Unit award, the Combat Infantryman's badge, the Combat Action badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Ram's Head device, the Driver and Mechanic badge, and the Drill Sergeant Identification badge.


        CSM Edwards has five children, Paul, Jr, Meaghan, Peter, Claudia, and Gretchen.