Robert E. Hall

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Robert E. Hall
Robert e hall.jpg
SMA Robert E. Hall
Born (1947-05-31) May 31, 1947 (age 71)
Gaffney, South Carolina, U.S.
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1968-2000
Rank Army-USA-OR-09a.svg Sergeant Major of the Army
Battles/wars Desert Storm
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star

Robert E. Hall was sworn in as the eleventh Sergeant Major of the Army on October 21, 1997 and served until June 23, 2000.

Early life and education[edit]

Hall was born in Gaffney, South Carolina, on May 31, 1947. He entered the Army in February 1968 and attended Basic Training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Bliss, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in management from Park College in Parkville, Missouri.


He held a variety of senior NCO positions culminating in his assignment as the Sergeant Major of the Army. He previously held the senior enlisted position as Command Sergeant Major of the United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. Other assignments he held as Command Sergeant Major were: the 1st Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Commandant, 24th Infantry Division Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Fort Stewart; and the 24th Division Artillery, Saudi Arabia and Iraq; the 2nd Infantry Division, Korea; and First U.S. Army, Fort Meade, Maryland.

Throughout his 32-year career, SMA Hall has held every key leadership position including: squad leader, 2nd Infantry Division, Korea; platoon sergeant, battalion operations sergeant and battalion intelligence sergeant, 1st Armored Division, Germany; first sergeant, B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 59th Air Defense Artillery, Germany; and drill sergeant, Fort Bliss, Texas. His military education includes Drill Sergeant School, Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course, First Sergeants Course, and the Sergeants Major Academy, where he served as an instructor upon graduation from class 26. He also served on the staff of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Virginia. His experience and expertise distinguished him as the 1979 Army Drill Sergeant of the Year and selection and induction into the prestigious Sergeant Morales Club and the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

Personal life[edit]

In retirement, Hall continues to serve the military community and has received numerous awards to include the Outstanding Civilian Service Award. In 2007, he was presented the Doughboy Award for his outstanding contributions to the US Army Infantry.

Awards and decorations[edit]

DrillInstructBadge.gif Drill Sergeant Identification Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
US Army Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Generic.png Expert Marksmanship Badge for rifle
ArmyWepBadge.gif Sharpshooter Marksmanship Badge for missile
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Silver oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
USA - Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award.png Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award
Good Conduct Medal, ten awards
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two service stars
Award numeral 4.png NCO Professional Development with award numeral 4
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 3.png Overseas Service Ribbon with award numeral 3
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "".
The Sergeants Major of the Army, Daniel K. Elder, Center of Military History, United States Army Washington, D.C. 2003.

Military offices
Preceded by
Gene C. McKinney
Sergeant Major of the Army
Succeeded by
Jack L. Tilley