Raymond F. Chandler

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Raymond F. Chandler III
Chandler 2012.jpg
Nickname(s) Ray
Born (1962-08-25) August 25, 1962 (age 54)
Whittier, California, U.S.
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Rank Army-USA-OR-09a.svg Sergeant Major of the Army
Awards Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Army Distinguished Service Medal
US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal (8)
Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Army Commendation Medal (8)
Army Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Army Achievement Medal (2)
Signature Raymond F. Chandler signature.svg

Raymond F. Chandler III (born August 25, 1962)[1] was the 14th Sergeant Major of the Army in the United States. He was sworn in on March 1, 2011 and active on duty until January 30, 2015.[2][3] Chandler 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.

Early life[edit]

Raymond Francis Chandler is a native of Whittier, California, was raised in Massachusetts, and entered the Army in Brockton, Massachusetts in September 1981. He attended both Basic Training and Armor Advanced Individual Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Military career[edit]

Chandler being sworn in as 14th sergeant major of the Army by Gen. George Casey

As Sergeant Major of the Army, Chandler served 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 phased out the Green Service Uniform in 2015. The Sergeant Major of the Army is routinely invited to testify before U.S. Congress.

Throughout his almost 35-year career, Chandler 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 deployed once, that being with 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division to Iraq in 2004-2005.[4]

Chandler became the 14th Sergeant Major of the Army on March 1, 2011 and was succeeded by CSM Daniel A. Dailey on January 30, 2015.[5]

Post military career[edit]

In February 2015, SMA (R) Chandler was appointed By Senator Jack Reed D-RI to serve on the National Commission on the Future of the Army (http://www.ncfa.ncr.gov/) as a commissioner. The commission submitted its report to President Obama and to the 114th Congress on January 28, 2016 and was released from duty on April 28, 2016.

Chandler serves on several boards and councils in support of Military and Veterans services.


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[edit]

Combat Action Badge.svg Combat Action Badge
US Army Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Generic.png Expert Marksmanship Badge with Pistol bar
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
7 Cav Rgt DUI.jpg 7th Cavalry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
Combat service identification badge of the United States Army 1st Cavalry Division.svg 1st Cavalry Division Combat Service Identification Badge
ArmyOSB.jpg 2 Overseas Service Bars
ArmySstripe.jpg 11 Service stripes
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Superior Unit Award
Army Good Conduct Medal 11 awards
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one service star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with two service stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Award numeral 4.png NCO Professional Development Ribbon with bronze award numeral 4
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 4.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with award numeral 4

Saintgeorge crest.gif 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.


  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/2015/01/29/sma-chandler-retires/22525823/
  3. ^ https://www.dvidshub.net/news/153240/sgt-maj-army-raymond-f
  4. ^ "New Sgt. Maj. of Army Chandler 'right person at the right time' for NCO corps. He is also a Ranger from the 75th Brigade.". Stars and Stripes. 28 Feb 2011. 
  5. ^ Carroll, Chris. "Infantryman named new sergeant major of the Army", Stars and Stripes, November 3, 2014. (accessed 3 November 2014)

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Military offices
Preceded by
Kenneth O. Preston
Sergeant Major of the Army
Succeeded by
Daniel A. Dailey