Officers

Fredrick Bourjaily

National Commander

CSM (Ret) Fredrick Bourjaily grew up on the eastside of Detroit before joining the US Army in 1969. He served a tour in Vietnam as a sniper/scout with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, earning his CIB there. He spent more than 30 years in the US Army/Reserves participating in Desert Shield/Storm, Nobel Eagle, Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, retiring in 2009 as a Command Sergeant Major.

Fred attended Oakland University graduating with a degree in Psychology. He worked 32 years for the Social Security Administration as a District Manager. Some his achievements: serving as president of the Chicago Social Security Management Association; Vice President of the National Council of Social Security Management Associations; President of the Flint, Michigan Area Federal Executive Association; President of the Licking County, Ohio AIDS Taskforce to name a few.

CSM (Ret) Bourjaily is a life member of the National Infantry Association, the Non-commissioned Officers Association, American Legion, NRA and 100th DIV Order of the Spur. Fred is married to Lori Bourjaily. They have two children. He was invested in 2015 at the Preceptory of the River Jordan, Priory of St. John the Baptist, Editeur le Sangraal. Catholic.

Joshua Rand-Castillo

Deputy National CDR

My name is Joshua Rand-Castillo I have a total of 14 years as an Infantryman with 3/75th Ranger Battalion and 1-158th Infantry Regiment. Within my first year in the Army, I had my first Combat deployment under my belt in 2002 to Afghanistan - an experience of a lifetime as almost no one in the Army had seen combat and almost no one was walking around wearing a Combat Infantrymen's Badge. By the time I left active duty with the 75th Ranger Regiment I had two years of combat experience. I then did another 10 years in the Arizona Army National Guard developing inexperienced infantrymen. During this time I joined the Combat Infantrymen’s Association as a lifetime member after seeing a flyer hanging up.

Upon leaving the Army as the Headquarters Platoon Sergeant for B. Co. 1-158th Infantry I took my bachelor's degrees (Chinese History; Religion in China) and military knowledge to work for the Phoenix VA Hospital during its time of crisis. My time there was short as I moved on to take a role at U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C. It was in D.C, that I first volunteered as the Junior Trustee of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association. In this capacity I assisted the Senior Trustee Earl Kennedy and wrote articles for the Blue Badge Newsletter. During this time, I was able to learn more about the organization and help fill an operations role.

I then moved on from U.S Agency for International Development while simultaneously stepping up to fill the vacant Deputy National Commander role. I work for a Defense Contractor, but still working in the world of International Development. Much of my work is very transferable to the CIB Association; from database management, financial reporting, Standard Operating Procedures, writing reports to Congress and Senior department leaders.

Some of my hobbies are torturing my body through running, swimming, and bicycling. I also mentor young professionals in international development/ defense each year for five months; this gives me a great feeling similar to that of developing young Infantrymen. To better help you understand who I am please view my LinkedIn profile.

Luke BurganLuke Burgan

Chief of Staff

Luke Burgan joined the Army on January 5, 2010 Tucson, AZ. He completed Basic Training, AIT and Jump School at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Luke went overseas into Afghanistan in 2011 where he earned his Combat Infantry Badge.

Over the course of nine years in the military, he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant.  His years of service included Airborne Infantry, 25th Infantry Division and small tactical teams. Five years were served on Active Duty, and four years were serving the State of Arizona in the National Guard. He is a National Registered Emergency Medical Training (EMT) graduate and a Certified Tactical Responder through the International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC). Luke has six years of leadership, management and development of tactical warfighter teams. He has one year of combat experience with over 200 combat and personnel protection operational missions in the Afghanistan (AOR). He served as a Special Reconnaissance Team Leader on a Task Force with the Arizona National Guard supporting multiple Federal, State and local Law enforcement agencies. His last year in the military was spent as the Rear-Detachment Company Commander for Alpha Company 1/158 Infantry, Arizona Army National Guard.

Luke is a part of two start up Veteran Owned Small Businesses.  Veteran Protection LLC - a security company based out of Maricopa, Arizona;  Rally Point Life LLC -a website based on motivational fitness training and life coaching.  In addition to being a husband and family man, Luke is a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans, and a proud member of the Combat Infantryman’s Association (CIB).

Luke was admitted to Norwich University – Vermont in 2020. He is graduating in the Spring of 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in National Security Studies

Rodney Williams

Membership Chairman

Mr. Williams, after completion of his One Station Unit Training (OSUT) located at Ft. Ord, California, served with Alpha Company, 2nd/506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile – Air Assault). He was stationed at Camp Evans located in the Republic of Vietnam during 1971 and 1972. Williams primarily patrolled the area between Firebase(s) Rakkasan, Ripcord and Jack.

Mr. Williams has been married to Paula Studebaker for 45 years.The family has grown from three daughters to include seven grandchildren. The oldest grandchild is twenty-one years and the youngest is nine weeks. He resides in Waxahachie, Texas where he entered and was discharged from active duty. He continued to serve as an infantryman with the Texas Army National Guard to fulfill his mandatory commitment.

Mr. Williams has over 40 years of civilian law enforcement experience in the university, municipal, county and federal levels. Mr. Williams began his career after his 1972 separation from active duty as an entry level patrolman and retired from the United States Department of Labor as a Senior Criminal Investigator in December 2012.

In this role as CIB Membership Officer, Williams aids the membership administrator primarily reviewing qualification documents for admission to the association.

He has served as Advisory Board Member to the American College of Law Enforcement Experts; Co-Author: Advanced Forensic Civil Investigations, Lawyers and Judges Publishers; Chairperson: National Certified Instructor’s Pro-committees, such as the Enron Fraud Task Force, etc. His primary expertise involves complex issues of negligence and financial crimes that violate federal laws and regulations. Further, after completion of numerous advanced programs located at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Williams was certified as a Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist (SCERS). These advanced training programs teach fundamental forensic techniques that assisted him involving computer research regarding information on individuals, partnerships and corporations.
Mr. Williams holds an associate degree in Police Science, two bachelor degrees in Criminal Justice Management and Criminology, and a Master of Liberal Arts/Humanities degree from Southern Methodist University. Mr. Williams has taught Criminal Justice/Criminology courses at the university level as an Adjunct Professor whereby he has written lesson plans for new subjects within his chosen discipline (NALI), and has participated in numerous government task forces.

James Comstock

Senior Trustee

James W. Comstock graduated from Michigan State University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies from California State University, San Bernardino.

Major General Comstock’s active duty career included assignments in the 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Cavalry Division in the Republic of Vietnam, and Ranger instructor at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Major General Comstock served in a variety of positions in the Army Reserve to include US Central Command’s Reserve Component Advisor/Deputy J3. He served as the Commander 3d COSCOM, Deputy Commander and Commander Task Force 21 during the 1996 Operation Joint Endeavor mobilization. He served as Commanding General of the 311th Corp Support Command (COSCOM). He also served as Battalion Commander of the 155th Supply & Services Battalion. At the 6222nd US Army Reserve School, he served as the MOS Director, the Director of Enlisted Courses, and the Operations Officer. Prior to these assignments he served in a variety of positions with the 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. Major General Comstock’s initial USAR assignment was as a Company Commander, CO. C, 1st BN, 423rd Regiment 3rd BDE (AIT) 70th Division (TNG).

Major General Comstock’s military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Course, Airborne School, Ranger School, Jungle Operations School, Special Forces Operations Course, Command and General Staff College, National Security Management Course, and the Army War College.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with “V” device with two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with “V” device with five oak leaf clusters, Air Medal-Second Award, Combat Infantryman Badge, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, and the Parachutist Badge.

Major General James W. Comstock was inducted into the MSU Army ROTC Hall of Fame in 2009.

In his civilian career, Major General Comstock has over 40 years of experience in the insurance, investment and consulting professions. He has held various sales and management positions to include being a regional and national sales manager in the areas of pensions, equities, life insurance, annuities, and group insurance. He served as a partner in a brokerage organization and managed his own full-service insurance operation. He has consulted in the areas of institutional investments, medical and health products, and defense related issues and items.

Denton Knapp

Junior Trustee

Bio Coming Soon

Duane O'Keefe

Forms Compliance Officer

I served 20 years in the Army as an infantryman from June 1998 to June 2018, enlisting from Fresno California. I was assigned to A CO, 1-327INF, 1BCT, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT); A CO, 2-35INF, 3BCT, 25th ID; B CO, 2-35INF, 3BCT, 25th ID; Operations Group, NTC; HHC, 3-187INF, 3BCT, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) and CHOPPIN Charlie 3-187INF, 3BCT, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT), I concluded my career as the Chief of Operations at The Sabalauski Air Assault School (TSAAS) Fort Campbell KY. I deployed a total of five times, four to Afghanistan and once to Iraq. During my career, I spent 14 of 20 years at the platoon level where I served from Automatic Rifleman to Platoon Sergeant.

Upon retiring in the summer of 2018, I completed my B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach, Alabama.

National Finance Officer

Position Vacant

 

National Business Officer

Position Vacant

Ramon Diaz

Support Group Commander

Bio Coming Soon

Richard Serrato

Historian

Richard did his undergraduate work at San Francisco State University, film 1976. He completed his graduate work at Stanford University in the Department of Communications 1977, and the University of California, Berkeley in The Department of Library Information Studies in 1988. He was instrumental in the creation of the African Museum and Library of Oakland, 1995, then joined the Berkeley Libraries for seven years before becoming Branch Manager of the Newark library in California. He then worked for the Orange County Public libraries - running a grant project interviewing veterans on “What it’s Like to go to War,” for California Humanities with support by the U.S. Institute of Museum Studies and Library Services while Manager of the Katie Wheeler Library in Irvine.

He served in the Army Reserves, Spec 4, MOS-55B20 - Army Ammunition Specialist and serves the Combat Infantrymen’s Association as a Support Member.

Jennifer Knowles

Dir. – Legislative Affairs

Jennifer Knowles is the Legislative and Public Affairs Analyst for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. Previously, Ms. Knowles served the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission as Legislative Director. The Commission was created to conduct a review of the military compensation and retirement systems. Prior to the Commission, she served as the Assistant for the Personnel Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee, providing support and research on military personnel policy and programs, including compensation, military retirement and benefits, military health care, and wounded warrior issues. She also assisted on markup and conference of National Defense Authorization Act, hearings and floor debate. Ms. Knowles started her career as a Staff Assistant for Senator Jack Reed (RI) and later as his Legislative Correspondent, preparing constituent correspondence related to Veterans’ affairs and foreign aid.

Ms. Knowles has a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, with a focus in irregular warfare and special operation forces. In addition, she has completed the Air Command Staff College and a certification with the National Defense University. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia where she earned her B.A. in Political Science and International Affairs.

Johnnie Downs

Chaplain

Bio Coming Soon



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