CSM John K. Cervenka was born in Kansas City, Missouri and was raised in Naperville, Illinois. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 3 January 1993 as an Infantry Soldier and completed One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, Georgia. He has served in numerous leadership positions to include Team Leader, Squad Leader, Rifle Platoon Sergeant, Scout Platoon Sergeant, Senior Drill Sergeant, Ranger Instructor, Operations Sergeant Major, First Sergeant for B Company, 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, First Sergeant for G Company, 3/2 Cavalry Regiment, Command Sergeant Major for both Brigade Troops Battalion, 1-25 SBCT and 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1-25 SBCT.
His previous assignments include: A Co, 1-21 IN, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; C Co, 6th Ranger Training Battalion, Eglin AFB, Florida; A Co, 1-502 IN, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; HHC, 1-502 IN, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; D Co, 1-50 IN, Ft. Benning, Georgia; A Co, 2-27 IN, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; HHC, 2-27 IN Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; B Co, 3-10 IN, Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri; G Co, 3/2 CR, Vilseck, Germany; HHC, 3/2 CR, Vilseck, Germany; Class# 63, USASMA, Ft. Bliss, Texas; BTB, 1-25 SBCT, Ft Wainwright, Alaska; and 1-24 IN, 1-25 SBCT, Ft. Wainwright, Alaska.
His military education and training includes: Basic Infantry One Station Unit Training (OSUT), Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, First Sergeant Course, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Drill Sergeant School, Ranger School, Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Air Assault School, Rappel Master School, Pathfinder School, and Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course. He holds a degree of Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College.
His Military awards consist of: Bronze Star Medal (2), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (6), Army Commendation Medal (5), Army Achievement Medal (5), Army Good Conduct Medal (2 SLV KNT), National Defense Service Medal W/ 1 Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal W/ 1 Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal W/ 1 Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon W/ 4, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon W/4, United Nations Medal – Operation Uphold Democracy (Haiti), Multi National Forces and Observer Medal, NATO Medal, Drill Sergeant Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Parachutist Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Ranger Tab, British Foreign Jump Wings, and Valorous Unit Award.
He is married to the former Andrea Rollins of Wilmington, Delaware and they have two boys, Austin and Zachary.