Command Sergeant Major Benjamin Jones
Command Sergeant Major
XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg
Command Sergeant Major Jones enlisted in the United States Army in September 1987 and attended One Station Unit Training at Ft. Benning, Georgia, were he trained as an Infantryman. CSM Jones has served in every position from rifleman to Command Sergeant Major. His assignments include: three assignments with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, 2-4 Infantry, Germany; Ranger Training Brigade, Ft. Benning, Georgia; USASMA, Ft. Bliss, Texas; two assignments with the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Ft. Drum, New York; one assignment with the 1st Cavalry Division, Ft. Hood, Texas. He most recently served as the Division Command Sergeant Major during his one assignment with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
CSM Jones' military and civilian education includes all levels of the NCOES System, and the USASMA (Class 56). CSM Jones is a graduate of the First Sergeant Course, as well as Basic Airborne School, Air Assault School, Combat Lifesaver Course, Jungle Operations Training Course, Military Driving Course, NBC Defense Officer/NCO Operations Course, Pre-Ranger Course, U.S. Army Ranger School, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Program Course, Rappel Master Course, Fast Rope Master Course, Instructor Training Course, Tactics Certification Course, Pathfinder Course and Jumpmaster Course, Battalion and Brigade Pre-Command Course, CSM Force Management Course, CSM/SGM Legal Orientation Course, Keystone-Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course, and ASLDP-Intermediate. CSM Jones has earned an Associate's Degree with Honors from Excelsior College in Administration Management and is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science Degree in Liberal Studies.
CSM Jones' military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (2 Oak Leaf Clusters (OLCs)), Bronze Star Medal (2 OLCs), Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLCs), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLCs), Army Achievement Medal (8 OLCs), Good Conduct Medal (9th award), National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with Arrow Head device and two Bronze Stars, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with one Silver Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (4th numeral), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd award), NATO Medal with Bronze Star, Multinational Force and Observers Medal, Saudi Arabian Medal for the Liberation of Kuwait with device, Kuwaiti Medal for the Liberation of Kuwait, Army Valorous Unit Award (1 OLC), Army Meritorious Unit Commendation (1 OLC), Army Superior Unit Award, Ranger Tab, Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge (2nd Award), Basic, Senior and Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Instructor Badge, German Schutzenschnur Badge (Bronze), German Leistungsabzeichen Badge (Bronze), Honduran Parachute Badge and Chilean Parachute Badge.
CSM Jones is a recipient of the Order of Saint Maurice (Centurion) Medal, Bronze de-Fleury Medal, Saint Barbara Medal, Noble Patron of Armor Award, and has been inducted as a Distinguished and Honorary member of the 502nd Infantry Regiment. CSM Jones is a recipient of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Association medallion and, most recently, the Honorable Order of Saint Michael (Bronze Award).
CSM Jones is married to the former Leah Sanford of Union, Kentucky. They have one son, Tanner and two daughters, McKenzie and Madelyn.