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Command Sergeant Major Aaron Thompson

181st Infantry CSM

Command Sergeant Major Aaron David Thompson was born in St. Mary’s, PA and entered the United States Army as a reservist in November 1992. He completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO as a Combat Engineer and was assigned to the A Co 458th Engineer Battalion (C)(W), Brookville, PA. In February 1995, he enlisted into active duty as a Combat Engineer and was assigned to A Co 17th Engineer Battalion. His assignments include Combat Engineer – Alpha Company 17th Engineer Battalion, and Alpha Company 299th Engineer Battalion Fort Hood, Texas; Combat Engineer, Team Leader and Squad Leader - Alpha Company, 37th Engineer, Company, 37th Engineer Battalion (C)(A), Fort Bragg, NC; Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant – Bravo Company 27th Engineer Battalion (C)(A), Fort Bragg, NC; Instructor/ Writer and Patrolling Committee Chief – Sapper Leader Course, 577th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; Platoon Sergeant – 55th Mobility Augmentation Company 5th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; Assistant Battalion Operations Sergeant – Headquarters and Headquarter Company 5th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo, First Sergeant – Rear Detachment, 264th Engineer Clearance Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, and 57th Sapper Company (Rough Terrain) 27th Engineer Battalion (C)(A), Ft. Bragg, NC.; Chief Engineer NCO – 82nd Airborne Division HQ’s.; Command Sergeant Major – 6th Brigade Engineer Battalion (A).

CSM Thompson has completed Airborne School, Ranger School, Air Assault School, 82nd Airborne Division Jumpmaster Course, Automated Airlift Load Planners Course, Air Movement Operations Course, Army Retention Course, Pathfinder School, Sapper Leader Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Instructor Trainers Course, Level 1 and 2 Modern Army Combatives, Summer and Winter Mountain Warfare School, Urban Mobility Breachers Course, Summer and Winter Assault Climbers Courses, Route Reconnaissance Clearance Course-Sapper, Ranger Master Breachers Course and all levels of the Noncommissioned Officers Education System up to his current rank and the Battalion Pre-Command/Command Sergeants Major Course.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 Silver OLC),Meritorious Unit Citation (1OLC), Army Superior Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal (BSS), Kosovo Campaign Medal (BSS), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (CS), Iraqi Campaign Medal (2CS) , Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 2), NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab, Sapper Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Venezuelan, Dutch and Colombian Parachutist Badges, Bronze DeFleury Medal, and is a member of the coveted Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

CSM Thompson has 3 children Christian 23, David 19, and Sophia 16 all residing in North Carolina.