Raymond F. Chandler
|Raymond F. Chandler III|
August 25, 1962 |
Whittier, California, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1981–present (33 years)|
|Rank||Sergeant Major of the Army|
|Awards||Legion of Merit (2)
Meritorious Service Medal (8)
Army Commendation Medal (8)
Army Achievement Medal (2)
Raymond F. Chandler III (born August 25, 1962) is the current Sergeant Major of the Army in the United States. He was sworn in as the 14th Sergeant Major of the Army on March 1, 2011. Chandler has served in all tank crewman positions and has had multiple tours as a troop, squadron and regimental master gunner. He has served in the 1st Infantry Division (FWD), 2nd Infantry Division, 4th Infantry Division, 1st Cavalry Division, 3rd Armored Division, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, United States Army Armor School, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. He also served as First Sergeant in four different detachments, troops and companies. As a Sergeant Major, he served as Operations SGM in 1/2 ACR and as CSM in 1/7 Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, United States Army Garrison Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and the United States Army Armor School CSM. Chandler was assigned as the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy CSM in December 2007. In June 2009, Chandler became the 19th Commandant of USASMA and the first enlisted commandant in USASMA history.
Chandler is a native of Whittier, California, and entered the Army in Brockton, Massachusetts in September 1981. He attended both Basic Training and Armor Advanced Individual Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
As Sergeant Major of the Army, Chandler serves as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army's personal adviser on all enlisted-related matters, particularly in areas affecting soldier training and quality of life, including the adoption of the new Army Service Uniform, which phases out the Green Service Uniform in 2015. The Sergeant Major of the Army is routinely invited to testify before U.S. Congress.
Throughout his 30-year career, he has served in every enlisted leadership position from all tank crewman positions to his position as Sergeant Major of the Army. Other assignments he held as a sergeant major were Operations SGM in 1/2 ACR and as CSM in 1/7 Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division; United States Army Garrison Fort Leavenworth, KS; and the United States Army Armor School CSM. Chandler was assigned as the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy CSM in December 2007. He had only deployed once, that being with 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division to Iraq in 2004-2005 albeit never saw actual combat first hand.
His most recent assignment was as the commandant for the United States Army Sergeant Major Academy in Fort Bliss, Texas.
Chandler now serves as the 14th Sergeant Major of the Army which started on March 1, 2011.
Chandler's military education includes Noncommissioned Officer Education System, M60A3 and M1/M1A1 Tank Master Gunner Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, First Sergeant Course, Basic Instructor Training, Total Army Instructor Trainer Course, Small Group Instructor Trainer Course, Video Tele-Training Instructor Trainer Course, Army Management Staff Course, Garrison Command Sergeant Major Course and various other professional development courses. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in public administration from Upper Iowa University.
Awards and decorations
|Combat Action Badge|
|Expert Marksmanship Badge with Pistol bar|
|Army Staff Identification Badge|
|7th Cavalry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia|
|1st Cavalry Division Combat Service Identification Badge|
|2 Overseas Service Bars|
|11 Service stripes|
|Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster|
|Bronze Star Medal|
|Meritorious Service Medal with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters|
|Army Commendation Medal with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters|
|Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster|
|Meritorious Unit Commendation|
|Superior Unit Award|
|Army Good Conduct Medal 11 awards|
|National Defense Service Medal with one service star|
|Iraq Campaign Medal with two service stars|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
|Korean Defense Service Medal|
|NCO Professional Development with award numeral 4|
|Army Service Ribbon|
|Overseas Service Ribbon with award numeral 4|
Chandler is a recipient of the Order of Saint George (Bronze Medallion), the Distinguished Order of Saint Martin and the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.
SMA Chandler also serves on the Board of Directors for Army Emergency Relief.
- According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/39461
- "New Sgt. Maj. of Army Chandler 'right person at the right time' for NCO corps". Stars and Stripes. 28 Feb 2011.
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