Command Sergeant Major Jerry J. Higley entered the Army in 1996 out of Largo, Florida, and attended Infantry Basic Training and Advanced Infantry Training (AIT) at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Command Sergeant Major Higley has served in every position from Rifleman to Brigade Command Sergeant Major. His previous units include 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 1st Battalion, 87 Infantry Regiment, and 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, Fort Drum, New York; 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, Fort Knox, Kentucky; 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, and 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, Fort Stewart, Georgia; 2nd Battalion, 4th Security Forces Assistance Brigade, and 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.
Additionally, he has served as a Ranger Instructor with the 4th Ranger Training Brigade, Fort Benning, Georgia, and as the Ranger Branch Manager with Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Command Sergeant Major Higley has served as a Squad Leader, Scout Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and First Sergeant during four tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Additionally, he served one tour in support of the Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai, Egypt.
He is a graduate of the following military courses: U.S. Army Ranger School, U.S. Army Sapper School, U.S. Army Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course, U.S. Army Jumpmaster School, U.S. Army Airborne School, the Sabalauski Air Assault School, and every level of training within the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development System. He has also earned an associate degree from Excelsior College in Administration and Management.
Command Sergeant Major Higley has earned, one Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, seven Meritorious Service Medals, six Army Commendation Medals, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Master Parachutist Badge.