5th Armor Brigade Command Sergeant Major
CSM Neil S. McKinley

Command Sergeant Major

CSM Neil S. McKinley is a native of Georgia. He received his early childhood education in the Georgia Public School System and culminated with his graduation from Turner County High School, Class of 1984 in Ashburn, Ga. He enlisted into the U.S. Army on Dec. 29, 1985, graduated from Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Okla., where he was awarded the Field Artillery (13B) Military Occupational Specialty.

In 1986-1989, he served with 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Sill, Okla; 1989-1991, 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Stewart, Ga., and served with unit during Operation Desert Shield/Storm). In 1991-1993, CSM McKinley was assigned to 4th Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, Baumholder, Germany.

; 1993-1997, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky; and served with unit during Operation Iraqi Freedom; 1997-2001, 3rd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, Fort Jackson, S.C; 2001-2002, 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Hovey, Korea; 2002-2004, C Battery, 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment, (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky., and served with unit during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. In 2006-2007, CSM McKinley was assigned to the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif.; 2007-2008, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss; 2009-2012, 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Kasey, Korea, and 2012-2013, 212th Fires Brigade/80th Civil Affairs Battalion, Fort Bliss

CSM McKinley has served as a Cannon Crewmember, Howitzer and wheel driver, Assistant Gunner, Gunner, Chief of Section, Drill Sergeant, Gunnery Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Operations Sergeant and Command Sergeant Major. He is a graduate of the Cannon Crewmember Course; Warrior Leaders Course; Senior Leaders Course; Advance Leaders Course; Air Assault School; Master Gunner Course; Drill Sergeants Course; Pre Command Course (Battalion Level); Command Sergeant Major Development Program (Brigade Level), and Class of 59 graduate of the U.S. Sergeants Major Academy.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 Silver OLC), Good Conduct Medal (Silver-Two Knot Device), National Defense Service Medal (2 Bronze Stars), Southwest Asia Service Ribbon (1 Bronze Star), Iraq Campaign Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Professional Development Ribbon (with Numeral 3), Saudi Arabian Medal Ribbon for Liberation of Kuwait, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, Army Service Ribbons, Overseas Service Ribbon (with Numeral 4), Field Artillery Saint Barbara Medal and numerous foreign and service awards. He has also been awarded the coveted Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge and the Driver Mechanic Badge.

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