Lt. Col. Randy Pullen,
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The selection of the next Command Sergeant Major of the
Army Reserve was announced here Aug. 28.
Command Sgt. Maj. Michele S. Jones has been selected to become
the ninth Command Sergeant Major of the Army Reserve.
She currently is serving as the Command Sergeant Major of the
78th Division (Training Support), Edison, N.J.
She is the first woman in the Army's history to serve as a
Division Command Sergeant Major.
Jones is the first woman to be selected as the top
noncommissioned officer in the Army Reserve, as well as the first
woman to be chosen as the senior NCO in any of the Army's components.
She will succeed Command Sgt. Maj. Alex Ray Lackey, who has
been the Command Sergeant Major of the Army Reserve since October
Lackey will retire in October 2002, ending a 32-year active
Army and Army Reserve career.
As the Command Sergeant Major of the Army Reserve, Jones will
serve as the principal enlisted advisor to the Chief, Army Reserve.
She will take office effective Oct. 28.
Jones was born in Baltimore, Md., and entered the Army in 1982.
She attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and Advanced
Individual Training at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind.
Jones has held every key NCO position, to include squad leader,
platoon sergeant, first sergeant and command sergeant major She was
the first woman to serve as class president at the United States
Sergeants Major Academy (Class 48).
Additionally, she was selected by the Chief, Army Reserve, to
serve as the U.S. Army Reserve representative for the Chief of Staff
of the Army, Army Development System XXI Task Force and was
subsequently chosen as the Core Team Leader for the Enlisted Personnel
Management System section of the task force.
Her previous assignments include: Command Sergeant Major, 3rd
Battalion, 78th Regiment, Baltimore, Md.; instructor, Sergeant's Major
Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas; Acting Command Sergeant Major, 2nd
Battalion, 78th Regiment, Baltimore; First Sergeant, Headquarters and
Headquarters Detachment, 2nd Battalion, 78th Regiment, Baltimore;
Mobilization, Validation and Training Team NCOIC, Fort Bragg, N.C.;
First Sergeant, U.S. Army Special Operations Command (Airborne)
(Troop Program Unit), Fort Bragg; First Sergeant, U.S. Army Civil
Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg;
Senior Legal NCO, Fort Bragg; Legal Instructor, First U.S. Army, Fort
Meade, Md. Legal NCO, 510th Theater Army Support Group, Fort
Belvoir, Va.; Legal Specialist, Fort Carson, Colo.
Her overseas assignments include Hanau and Rheinberg, Germany,
Honduras and Panama. She was called to active duty for Operations
Desert Shield/Storm, Restore Hope, Provide Comfort, Joint Endeavor and
Jones' military education includes the Primary Leadership
Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned
Officer Course, Battle Staff Operations Course and the First
She is a graduate of the Instructor Training Course, Small
Group Instructor Course, Civil Affairs Operations Course, Master
Fitness Course, Retention NCO Basic and Advanced Courses and the
Sergeants Major Course (Class 48).
She has an Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies and a
Bachelor of Science Degree (Cum Laude) in Business Administration from
Fayetteville State University. She currently is completing her
Master of Arts in Management/International Relations.
Her awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service
Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with 3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), Army
Achievement Medal (with 3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), Good Conduct Medal,
National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with
Bronze Hourglass, M Device, and Numeral 4 affixed), Noncommissioned
Officer Professional Development Ribbon (with Numeral 4), Army Reserve
Component Overseas Training Ribbon (with Numeral 2), Army Service
Ribbon, Army Parachutist Badge, German Army Forces Airborne Wings, and
Royal Thai Airborne Wings.
is Chief, Army Reserve Staff Group, Office of the Chief, Army