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1st woman selected as Command Sergeant Major of Army Reserve

By Lt. Col. Randy Pullen, Triad Contributor

       WASHINGTON, D.C.  - The selection of the next Command Sergeant Major of the Army Reserve was announced here Aug. 28.

Photo of Command Sgt. Maj. Michele S. Jones.


     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 1999.  

      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 Noble Eagle.

      Jones' military education includes the Primary Leadership Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Battle Staff Operations Course and the First Sergeant's Course.

      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.

 (Pullen is Chief, Army Reserve Staff Group, Office of the Chief, Army Reserve.)

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