Chapter Leadership Team

Sigholtz-Capital Chapter Leadership Team

Chapter President – Steve Brignoli

Steve Brignoli is a former US Army Special Operations Officer with multiple deployments and field experience. He is also an established businessman and the Managing Director of an Anti-Poaching non-profit, Humanitarian Operations Protecting Elephants (H.O.P.E).

As the CEO and Founder of Beyond SOF, a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) he employs veterans full and part time to staff federal and commercial jobs with veterans. Steve also consults 7 technology companies, including startups, to provide them a path toward Government funding and eventually tech transition the Warfighter.

Steve’s background as a Special Forces Detachment Commander for 10th Special Forces had a primary focus on Special Reconnaissance and Foreign Training in the Trans Sahel Region of Northern Africa. He was also a Special Operations Task Unit Commander for TF 10 in Afghanistan responsible for US/Romanian Special Reconnaissance and Direct-Action Missions in RC-East.

Prior to Special Forces, Steve was one of the first lieutenants in the newly reactivated 2-503rd in the recently reactivated 173rd Airborne back in 2001. He served as a Rifle Platoon Leader for 2nd PLT, Able Co, which was the Brigade main effort in an airfield seizure in Czech Republic, followed by a NEO in Hungary. Steve served as the 2-503rd S&T Platoon Leader, Assistant S4, and Chosen Company XO in Iraq. As a 1st LT he planned, led and executed the Brigade Air Load and heavy drop of 64 vehicles into Bashur Airfield in Northern Iraq
Steve has worked for the DIA as Senior Consultant/Analyst, deploying to Afghanistan to liase for the DIA between FBI, DEA, ISAF SOF, and other Intelligence Organizations for target development and prosecution of leading nefarious actors affecting Afghan/Paki/US relations.
Steve served as the Joint Special Operations Command Portfolio Manager for Transitioning technologies at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), helping transition 11 programs totally $2.6B in taxpayer invested defense technology to JSOC and SOCOM.
Steve received his Bachelor’s Degree in fine art and graphic design at Furman University
Steve’s number one priority is that of being a father to his 10 year old son, Valor.


Chapter Vice President-Vacant

Chapter Treasurer – Dick Wrona

Dick Wrona deployed to Vietnam from Ft. Campbell with the 4/503 in 1966.  He served as a weapons platoon leader, 4.2 Mortar Platoon leader and Company Commander with the 4/503.  Upon returning from Vietnam he served in many airborne and special operations positions before retiring after a full career.  In his second career Dick served in a wide variety of classified government position around the world in roles from operations support, finance and procurement.

Chapter Secretary – Mack Brooks

Mack was commissioned in the Infantry, in 1969. He served two tours in Vietnam: 173d Airborne Brigade and, with MACV, as an advisor to the Vietnamese Airborne Division. Mack served with A Company, 4/503 and Aide-de-Camp, while with the Herd. Following Vietnam, Mack transferred to the Adjutant General Corps. His assignments included West Point, as an Admissions Officer; Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe; the National War College; and Army POW-MIA Affairs. After retirement, Mack worked for George Washington University and later for the Defense Security Services (DSS).

Membership Chair – Bob Read

Bob Read was born in Fort Lewis, Washington, and raised in an Army family, with two younger brothers. In 1965, Bob was commissioned from Oregon State University’s ROTC program as a Regular Army Infantry officer. He served from July 1965 until July 1993, when he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Bob deployed with the 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry in June 1966, when the 4/503 became part of the 173d Airborne Brigade. He extended in Vietnam and served nine months with the 5th Special Forces Group. Bob’s second tour in Vietnam was from June 1970 to May 1971, when he served as an advisor with the Vietnamese Rangers and on the IV Corps advisory staff. Bob’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal w/V and 3 OLC, Defense Meritorious Service Medals w/OLC, Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal w/V and 1 OLC, CIB, and the Senior Parachute Badge.

Following retirement from active duty, Bob worked as a pharmaceutical sales specialist for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals for 16 years. He is now employed part-time at the Troegs Brewing Company, Hershey, PA, as a tour guide.  Bob received a BS and an MA degree from Oregon State University. Bob lives with his wife, Judie (married 1968) in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. Bob and Judie have two children, LTC Mark Read (US Army) and Melinda Read, and four grandchildren.

173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) Recruiter -Vacant

Mack Brooks – Newsletter Editor of The Herd Word

See Chapter Secretary position for biography


Webmaster – Gene Cartier

Gene Cartier served two tours with the Brigade.  The first was as an NCO and Forward Observer with the 4.2 Mortar Platoon of the 1/503d from 1963 to 1965.  Gene deployed with the 1/503 from Okinawa to Vietnam in May 1965.  After completing Officer Candidate School in 1966, Gene had a second tour with the Brigade as an Artillery Forward Observer with B/1/503d and as the XO of C Battery 3/319th Artillery.  After Vietnam Gene stayed in the Army and completed a 22 year career.  During that time he served in the 82d Airborne Division, 18th Airborne Corps, US Army Europe and in the Army Special Operations Command.  His last Army assignment was as the Chief Information Officer for the Army Inspector General in the Pentagon.  After leaving the Army he joined private industry as a systems engineer.  He retired from industry in 2013 as the Senior Vice President of Network and Systems Engineering for SRA International, a major systems integration firm.

Wounded Warrior Support Leader – Vacant


Historical Projects Leader – Ed Anthony

Ed Anthony enlisted in the Army in 1959. His first assignment was as an artilleryman on Okinawa. He served two tours as an intelligence advisor to ARVN infantry units in MAAG Vietnam (1963) and MACV (1965) and attained the rank of SSG (P) in Feb 65. Ed was commissioned an MI Second Lieutenant out of Infantry OCS in 1966. He served with the Brigade from April 1967 to April 1968 as a POW Interrogator and Forward TOC S-2 officer. Ed served tours in USARJ; USAREUR; CENTAG; CINCLANT; AFCENT; NSA; and DIA. He graduated from the Air War College; Armed Forces Staff College; and the Infantry, Armor, and MI Advanced Courses. Ed retired from 31 years of active service as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1990 and immediately joined the civilian staff of the Department of the Army, Chief of Staff, for Intelligence in the Pentagon. After serving 19 years on the staff, he retired in April 2009 as a GG-15, Chief, Army Foreign Disclosure

Veterans Administration (VA) Advisor – Mike Bargmann

Michael Bargmann served with C Company, 4/503 in RVN, 1970. He retired in 1972 as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. He had a 30-year career with the Disabled American Veterans, retiring in 2006. He subsequently served on the DOD/VA Senior Oversight Committee, where he revamped the agencies disability system. He has served for the VA’s Central Headquarters, Office of Policy and Planning, and as the Veteran Service Organization Liaison for the Under Secretary for Benefits. Michael currently serves in the Veteran Heath Administration’s Office of Interagency Affairs. His expertise includes veteran law and management and policy analysis.

Deceased Veteran Families Leader – Vacant

Gold Star Research Team Leader – Vacant

Gold Star Families Leader – Vacant

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