Officers

Alfred Serrato

National Commander

Commander Serrato graduated from Officer Candidate School, Ft Benning, Georgia as a commissioned Infantry Officer in June 1966. His first assignment was as Tactical Officer at OCS. While at Ft. Benning he was also assigned as Defense Counsel, Judge Advocate General’s Office handling Special Courts Martials.  Serrato then attended the Jungle Warfare School at the School of the Americas, Ft. Gulick, Panama Canal.  On September 22, 1967 he earned his Jungle Expert patch. Late 1967, Al was sent to Vietnam and was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, 1/5th Mech as Platoon Leader and Executive Officer. He earned his Combat Infantry Badge during combat missions with the 25th that included hand-to-hand combat. Serrato then volunteered to join up with the Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV).  He was assigned to Team 2, in the Quang Ngai Province - I Corps conducting recon and ambush missions, training Popular Forces (PF’s) in ambush techniques - while suited in the uniform of a South Vietnamese Officer. CDR Serrato was featured in a Tropic Lightning News article on February 5, 1968 regarding his charitable actions.

Al’s first job started at the age of 13, shining shoes at a local barber shop to earn spending money. Prior to departing for Fort Polk, Louisiana for Basic Training, Al worked as a roughneck in the oil fields. Following his honorable Discharge, he worked as a financial analyst for the New York firm of Dun and Bradstreet. He attended graduate school at the University of California, Irvine and later was called upon to serve on a Presidential Think Tank during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. Serrato retired from the Long Beach Unified School District, California as Project Manager for new construction projects.

His volunteer activities include the following:

  • Councilman (79-82) - City of Santa Ana, population 300,000
  • Board of Trustees – Bowers Museum
  • Warden – U.S. Embassy, Thailand
  • District Commander – VFW Thailand/Cambodia
  • Chaplain - American Legion Post 131, Santa Ana, Ca
  • Judge Advocate - VFW Post 10694, Santa Ana.

CDR Serrato has been married to Lily Ann Serrato for 49 years. He has two sons and one granddaughter.

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.

Fredrick Bourjaily

Chief of Staff

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.

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.

Luke BurganLuke Burgan

Forms Compliance Officer

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.

Luke BurganLuke Burgan

Junior Trustee

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

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.

Irwin Fischman

National Finance Officer

National Finance Officer Irwin Fischman was born and raised in Chicago, graduated from De Paul University with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Accounting major) and earned the degree of Certified Public Accountant from the University of Illinois.

He entered military service in November, 1952. Following basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he was sent to Korea and assigned to the 25th Infantry Division during the Korean War.

His combat experience took place on a forward outpost on the western front of Korea, about 2 ½ miles forward of the Main Line of Resistance. The outpost was within shouting distance of the nearest enemy outposts. Missions included frequent defense of the outpost against determined enemy attacks, as well as night patrols for reconnaissance or ambush of enemy patrols.

After the end of the war, Fischman was transferred to the 558th Military Police Company in Seoul, assigned to guard the headquarters of General Maxwell Taylor. He returned to the United States in 1954 and was honorably discharged from the Armed Forces.

He resumed his civilian career in Public Accounting, ultimately starting his own firm and operating that firm for about 35 years, until his retirement in 1998.

Irwin has been a serial entrepreneur all of his adult life, starting and operating numerous businesses, including purebred cattle, printing, mailing & fulfillment, solar energy, private equity, and equipment leasing.

He is a life member of the Korean War Veterans Association, the 25th Infantry Division Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National Rifle Association.

He was married to the late Arlene Fischman and has four adult children and one grandson.

Irwin has been the National Finance Officer of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association since August, 2016. Personal interests include golf, genealogy and Business activities.

Pasquale Caputo

Natl. Business Officer

I was born in Bari, Italy in 1943. Growing up in Italy my family owned two goats. My job was to milk them so my mother could make cheese. My father, Natale, decided to move the family to America including my mother, three brothers and two sisters. I was the youngest (11) who traveled with one sister and brother to the US in 1954.

The very first objective was to become an American, enroll in school and learn English. In 1962 I graduated from a vocational high school majoring in electronics. In 1963 I enlisted in the US Army -Europe. Basic training at Fort Knox on to Germany by ship. Assigned to 3rd Infantry Division in Schweinfurt. I was later assigned to two border camps on the East German border. I job trained for S3, ground surveillance, radar section and was awarded the MOS 113, later changed to 11F 26. After one year in Germany I was ordered to Ft Sheridan, IL. Seven months later on the move again to Ft Riley Kansas, home of the 1st Infantry Division 2nd battalion 28th Infantry. In September, 1965 the division went by ship to Viet Nam. My unit created a base camp at Lai Khe 35k northwest of Saigon. This is where I earned the CIB Badge – Operation El Paso II, the battle of Loc Ninh-Hill 177, June 11, 1966. I was discharged June 16 1966. Went home, grew a beard for a year and was not interested in a job. My oldest brother was a Mc Donald’s licensee so he drafted me to work for him. In 1976 he decided to sell his 3 units. I applied for a franchise myself and was approved for one in Italy. Having two kids I decided to stay in America. In 1978 my wife Rene and I decided to start a cheese business. The only thing I knew then about cheese was to eat it.

That small Mom and Pop cheese shop began developing a reputation for crafting the finest Italian cheese. In October 2019 the company received 3 awards (including one 1st place) at the World Cheese Awards competition held in Bergamo, Italy. It was our first entry in international competition. Our business experience and marketing strategies enables us to distribute our products worldwide and to provide 100 jobs at our factory located in Melrose Park, Illinois. We progressed the business by walking and not running.



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