Command Sergeant Major Michael Gentry was assigned to serve as Tennessee’s State Command Sergeant Major on 1 October 2015. He represents and advises the Assistant Adjutant General-Army on matters pertaining to policies and actions that affect enlisted Soldiers.
Prior to his assignment as the State Command Sergeant Major, Gentry served as the J3/G3 Operations Sergeant Major, the G3 Operations Sergeant Major for 30th Troop Command, Command Sergeant Major for the 168TH MP Battalion, and S3 Operations Sergeant Major for the 168TH MP Battalion.
Command Sergeant Major Gentry is a native of Nashville, TN. He currently resides in Rockvale, Tennessee and has three sons. After CSM Gentry's initial enlistment in the United States Marine Corps, he enlisted in the United States Army Reserve. He then joined the Tennessee Air National Guard Security Police Squadron and later moved to the Tennessee Army National Guard.
Command Sergeant Major Gentry has served two tours in Iraq with the 168TH MP BN and one tour in Macadonia/Kosovo with the 130TH RAOC.
Command Sergeant MajorGentry is a graduate of the United States Sergeants Major Academy, Ft. Bliss, TX; the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Camp Shelby, MS; the Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Ft. McClellan, AL; the Air Force Primary Leadership Training Course; Primary Leadership Development Course, Ft. Benning, GA; Marine NCO Course, Camp Lejeune, NC; Military Police School, Ft. McClellan, AL; Advanced Infantry Training, Camp Geiger, NC; Basic Training, Paris Island, SC.
Command Sergeant MajorGentry earned his Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Southwestern University; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Tennessee; and Associates of Science Degree in Police SciencefromAustin Peay University, He also holds a Paralegal Certification from Southeastern Paralegal Institute and Tennessee Post; Police Certification from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy.
His awards include theBronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4th award, the Army Commendation Medal (4th award), the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal (5th award), the Marine Good Conduct Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the Marine Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Medal (2nd award), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal (3 stars), the Global War on Terrorism Medal (Expeditionary), the Global War on Terrorism Medal (Service), the Humanitarian Service Medal (2nd award), the Navy/Marine Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (M Device, 3rd award), the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (4th award), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Ribbon (2nd award), the Army Reserve Overseas Training Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Tennessee Commendation Medal, the Tennessee War Service Medal (2 OLC), the Tennessee Service Ribbon (4th award), the Tennessee National Guard Volunteer Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge, the Valorous Unit Award, the Army Meritorious Unit Citation (2nd award), the Navy/Marine Meritorious Unit Citation, the Tennessee Distinguished Unit Commendation (2nd award) and the Tennessee Outstanding Unit Performance Commendation.
(Current as of 29 September 2015)