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479th Field Artillery Brigade CSM
CSM James R. Higgins

479 CSM  

Command Sergeant Major James R. Higgins was born in Jacksboro, Texas in 1960 and considers Conroe, Texas his home. He enlisted in the United States Army on 24 November 1984 and attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he was awarded the MOS of 13B Cannon Crewman.

In his 28 years of dedicated service he has had a wide variety of assignments to include: 4th Battalion, 4th Field Artillery, Fort Sill, OK; 1st Battalion, 75th Field Artillery, Bamberg, Germany; 2nd Battalion, 14th Field Artillery, Bamberg, Germany; 1st Battalion, 19th Field Artillery, Fort Sill, OK; 17th Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Sill, OK; 3rd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery, Fort Sill, OK; 1st Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery, Fort Hood, TX; 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery, Fort Hood, TX; Operations Group, Fort Irwin, CA; 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery, Fort Hood, TX; 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery, Fort Hood, TX; USASMA, Fort Bliss, TX; 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery, Fort Lewis, WA and 916th Support Brigade, Fort Irwin, CA.

CSM Higgins has served in numerous leadership positions to include: Howitzer Section Chief, Special Weapons Chief, Drill Sergeant, Gunnery Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant, Operations Sergeant Major, Battalion Command Sergeant Major, and Brigade Command Sergeant Major.

CSM Higgins is a graduate of every NCOES School from the Primary Leadership Development Course to the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. He is also a graduate of the First Sergeant Course and the Drill Sergeant School. Command Sergeant Major Higgins earned a Bachelor of Applied Science from Troy University graduating Summa cum Laude.

CSM Higgins’ awards and decorations include: The Legion of Merit, The Bronze Star (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), the Good Conduct Medal (9thAward), the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), the NATO Medal, the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge and the Combat Action Badge.

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