Command Sergeant Major Aldo Palacios
Brigade Command Sergeant Major

CSMCSM Aldo Palacios, a native of Illinois, graduated from Morton East High School in 1988 and entered active duty on 27 June 1988 at Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, San Diego, CA where he completed Basic Training. CSM Palacios completed his Advanced Individual Training at the Infantry Training Center, Camp Pendleton, San Diego, graduating as an Infantryman. He entered the U.S. Army in May 1995 with his first duty station at Fort Lewis, WA.

CSM Palacios's previous assignments include Marine Corps Barracks, Concord, CA; 2nd Battalion 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC; 2nd Battalion 9th Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, WA; 3rd Battalion 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, NC; 1st Battalion 28th Infantry Regiment, Fort Jackson, SC; Alpha, Echo and Headquarters and Headquarters Companies, 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne); Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne); Human Resources Command, Alexandria, VA; S3 SGM, 91st Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne); and Battalion Command Sergeant Major, 92nd Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne).

CSM Palacios's previous duty positions include: Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Senior Drill Sergeant, Civil Affairs Team Sergeant, Detachment NCOIC, Operation Sergeant, Brigade HHC First Sergeant, Battalion Operations Sergeant Major and Battalion Command Sergeant Major. His deployments include Operation PACIFIC HAVEN, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM-Afghanistan, and several Joint Combined Exercises for Training throughout South America.

CSM Palacios’ military education includes Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, First Sergeant Course, Joint Special Operations Senior Enlisted Academy Class 2, SOCOM Pre-Command Course, and Battalion and Brigade Pre-Command Courses. He is also a graduate of Basic Airborne School, Static Line Jumpmaster Course, Drill Sergeant Course, SERE-C, INTAC, Military Mobile Force Protection, Advanced Negotiation Course, and Civil Affairs Qualification Course.

His Military Awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (OLC), Good Conduct Medal (6 Knots), Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (Bronze Star), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (3 Bronze Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NATO Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Award (OLC), Army Superior Unit Award (2 OLC), Meritorious Unit Citation, Marine Meritorious Unit Citation, Navy Unit Citation, Drill Sergeant Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, German Parachutist Badge, and Polish Parachutist Badge.