Michael Bartelle

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Michael Bartelle
Command Sergeant Major Michael Bartelle
Born Bronx, New York
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1979–2009
Rank Army-USA-OR-09b.svg Command Sergeant Major
Commands held Senior Non-Commissioned Officer for Allied Command Operations (NATO)
Awards Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal (5)
Air Assault Badge

Command Sergeant Major Michael Bartelle, US Army (Retired) previously served as the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer at Allied Command Operations from 2006 to 2009. A native of the Bronx, New York, he entered the Army on June 29, 1979, attending Basic Training and Signal Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

Army career[edit]

CSM Bartelle is the first and only (as of this writing) Signal Soldier to attain the position of Senior Enlisted Leader for a Combatant Command. He served as the United States European Command (USEUCOM) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Senior Enlisted Leader from February 2005 to September 2006. He previously served as the CSM for the 125th Signal Battalion, 25th Infantry Division (Light) in Hawaii; completed two tours with the 1st Signal Brigade in the Republic of Korea as First Sergeant; a tour with the 32nd Army Air Defense Command; and a tour with V (US) Corps in Germany as Platoon Sergeant.

He has been involved in various contingency operations, serving as Command Sergeant Major of the USEUCOM Forward/Joint Task Force North during Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as participating in Operations Blazing Skies, Southern Watch, Bright Star, and Provide Hope.

His stateside duty assignments include Battery Communication Chief of the 1st Battalion 65th Air Defense Artillery at Fort Bliss, Texas; Small Group Leader for the Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course at Fort Gordon, Georgia; First Sergeant of the 11th Signal Brigade at Fort Huachuca, Arizona; and Operations Sergeant Major of the 29th Signal Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington.


As the Senior NCO at Allied Command Operations, CSM Bartelle was responsible for mentoring the Alliance's enlisted force and representing their needs to the senior leadership. He ensured the enlisted force receives professional development and standardization policies such as can be achieved among Alliance members, Partners, and Aspirants interested and willing to voluntarily capitalize on enlisted force initiatives.

Education and training[edit]

CSM Bartelle's military and civilian education consists of the 7th Army Noncommissioned Officers Academy in Bad Tolz, Germany; NBC Officer Defense Course, the Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course, First Sergeants Course, Air Assault School, numerous Communication-Electronics courses, and the Sergeants Major Academy, Class 49. He is currently completing graduate studies in Liberal Arts from Excelsior University.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal,[1] Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (4th Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (9th Oak Leaf Cluster), the Air Assault Badge, and the Bronze Order of Mercury from the Signal Corps Regimental Association.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.aco.nato.int/page81902737.aspx
  2. ^ "Allied Command Operations Senior Noncommissioned Officer". www.nato.int. October 4, 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-10. 
  3. ^ Jaime L. Wood (July 19, 2006). "NATO new top enlisted named". U.S. European Command. Archived from the original on October 3, 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-01. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Alford L. McMichael
Senior NCO of Allied Command Operations
2006 – 2009
Succeeded by
Michael M. Balch