Command Sgt. Maj. Robert K. Fortenberry
CSM Fortenberry initially joined the Army in July of 1990 and attended Infantry One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, GA. Upon graduation he was assigned to Schofield Barracks, HI serving in the 25th Infantry Division with the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Battalion. During his 20 year career, CSM Fortenberry served as the Battalion Operations Sergeant Major, Operation Sergeant, First Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Drill Sergeant, U.S. Army Sniper Instructor, Rifle Squad Leader, Team Leader, 4.2 inch Mortar Team Member, M249 SAW Gunner, Grenadier, and Rifleman. He has served with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment (SBCT), Joint Base Lewis-McCord, WA; 173rd Special Troops Battalion (Airborne) in Bamberg, Germany; E Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, GA; A Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX; A Company, 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, TX; B Company, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, GA; United States Army Sniper School, Fort Benning, GA; and B Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Battalion, Schofield Barracks, HI. CSM Fortenberry has deployed three times to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
CSM Fortenberry’s military and civilian education includes all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System culminating with his graduation from the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 63. His other military courses include NCO Battle Staff Course, Drill Sergeant School, U.S. Army Sniper School, Basic Infantry Mortar Course, Airborne Course, Air Assault Course, Instructor Training Course and CLS Course. He has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College and is currently working to complete his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Excelsior College in Albany, NY.
CSM Fortenberry’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 SOLC, 1 OLC), Meritorious Unit Citation (2 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2 Bronze Stars), Iraqi Campaign Medal (4 Bronze Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Overseas Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge. His foreign awards include the German Basic Parachutist Badge and the Gold German Marksmanship Badge (Shoutsensneer). CSM Fortenberry also holds the Military Order of Saint Maurice and the Noble Patron of Armor.