Command Sgt. Maj. Michael J. Spear

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael J. Spear is a native of California. He enlisted in the Army in 1999. He attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, as an Infantryman.

He has served in a variety of Airborne, Light Infantry and Calvary leadership positions which include: Recon Team Leader, Recon Squad Leader, Rifle Fire Team Leader, Rifle Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Operations Sergeant Major, Battalion Command Sergeant Major and Brigade Command Sergeant Major.

His assignments include 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; 4th Ranger Training Battalion, Fort Benning, Georgia; 2nd Squadron 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, Fort Irwin, California; 5th Squadron, 73rd Calvary Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii and 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, 2IBCT, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and 3IBCT, 25th Infantry Division, Hawaii.

His overseas deployments include one tour in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan.
 
Command Sgt. Maj. Spear’s military education includes Airborne School, Ranger School, Sniper School, Jungle Operation Training Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Emergency Medical Technician Basic Course, Air Assault School, Advanced Leaders Course, NATO Special Recognition Course, Senior Leaders Course, Recon and Surveillance Leaders Course, Basic Instructor Training Course, Jumpmaster School, Basic Military Freefall Parachutist School, 1SG Course, Observer Controller Academy and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Resident Class 65).

He is a Centurion in the Order of Saint Maurice and a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

His military awards and decorations include:
  • Legion of Merit
  • Bronze Star Medal with Valor
  • Bronze Star Medal (3OLC) 
  • Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC)
  • Army Commendation Medal (3OLC)
  • Army Achievement Medal (3OLC)
  • Meritorious Unit Citation
  • Army Good Conduct Medal (6th Award)
  • Iraqi Campaign Medal (1CS)
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1CS)
  • NATO Medal
  • Ranger Tab
  • Combat Infantryman’s Badge
  • Expert Infantryman’s Badge
  • Master Parachutist Wings
  • Military Freefall Parachutist Badge
  • Air Assault Badge
  • Italian Jump Wings
  • Ecuadorian Jump Wings
  • Chilean Jump Wings