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CSM John Kanaly

120th Infantry CSM

CSM Kanaly is a graduate of Marengo Community High School, and joined the military in July 1998, he attended Combat Engineer One Station Unit Training (OSUT) in Bravo Company, 169th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO.  
CSM Kanaly’s assignments include; Aco, 41st EN BN, Fort Drum / HHBN, 2nd Infantry Division, Korea / Gco, 35th EN BN, Fort Leonard Wood, 509th CC, 5th EN BN, Fort Leonard Wood / 3-364th EN Regt, Fort Bliss / 937th CC, 20th EN BN, Fort Hood / NCO Academy, Fort Leonard Wood / HHC, 36th EN BDE, Fort Hood / 81st CMT, 36th EN BDE, Fort Hood / 1st Brigade Engineer Battalion, Fort Riley.
CSM Kanaly’s leadership position include; Team Leader and Squad Leader in Aco, 41st EN BN,  Drill Sergeant in Gco, 35th EN BN, Platoon Sergeant in 509th CC, Operation Sergeant/OC/T in 3-364th EN Regt, First Sergeant of 937th CC and HHC, 20th EN BN, First Sergeant Engineer SLC, Operations SGM in 36th EN BDE, Operations SGM for 81st Construction Management Team, and Command Sergeant Major 1st Brigade Engineer Battalion.
CSM Kanaly’s deployments include; KFOR3B, Kosovo, OEF III, Afghanistan, OIF 08-09, Iraq, OEF 2013, Afghanistan, OIR, Jordan 2019, OAR, Poland 2021.
CSM Kanaly is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeant Major Academy, Master Resiliency Course, Basic Instructor Course, Combatives Level 1 & 2, Engineer ALC & SLC, Air Assault School, and Drill Sergeant School.
CSM Kanaly holds a Bachelors of Science and Liberal Arts from Excelsior University.
CSM Kanaly’s awards and badges include; 2- Bronze Star Medals, 7- Meritorious Service Medals, 1-ARCOM w/V device, 3- ARCOM, 2- AAM, Drill Sergeant Badge, Basic Army Instructor Badge, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Drivers Badge.
CSM Kanaly is married to the former Michelle Huerth (12 years) of Milford, MI and they have one son Tyler (23).