Robert E. Hall
|Robert E. Hall|
SMA Robert E. Hall
May 31, 1947 |
Gaffney, South Carolina, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1968-2000|
|Rank||Sergeant Major of the Army|
|Awards||Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
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
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.
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
|Drill Sergeant Identification Badge|
|Army Staff Identification Badge|
|Expert Marksmanship Badge for rifle|
|Defense Distinguished Service Medal|
|Army Distinguished Service Medal|
|Defense Superior Service Medal|
|Legion of Merit with one bronze oak leaf cluster|
|Bronze Star Medal|
|Defense Meritorious Service Medal|
|Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters|
|Joint Service Commendation Medal|
|Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf cluster|
|Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster|
|Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster|
|Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award|
|Good Conduct Medal, ten awards|
|National Defense Service Medal with service star|
|Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal|
|Southwest Asia Service Medal with two service stars|
|NCO Professional Development with award numeral 4|
|Army Service Ribbon|
|Overseas Service Ribbon with award numeral 3|
|Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)|
|Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)|
- Missile Sharpshooter Badge.
- 10 Service stripes.
This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "http://www.army.mil/leaders/sma/former/sma_bio11.html".
The Sergeants Major of the Army, Daniel K. Elder, Center of Military History, United States Army Washington, D.C. 2003.
Gene C. McKinney
|Sergeant Major of the Army
Jack L. Tilley