Command Sgt. Maj. Stephanie Cleveland was born in Bethlehem, Pa., in 1979. She joined the Army in Spring Hill, Fla., in 1999 as a print journalist.
Command Sgt. Maj. Cleveland assumed position as garrison sergeant major of the Natick Soldier Systems Center June 26, 2019. Prior to her assumption of responsibilities at Natick, she has served in diverse assignments, to include CMF 46 career advisor, first sergeant, information operations NCOIC, brigade public affairs officer, instructor, detachment NCOIC, editor, community relations officer and writer. Her past assignments include U.S. Army Central at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.; Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Ky., the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky.; Training with Industry at Fleishman-Hillard International Communications in Atlanta, Ga.; U.S. Pacific Command at Camp Smith, Hawaii; the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Md.; the 17th Public Affairs Detachment at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and the 50th Public Affairs Detachment and 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Stewart, Ga.
Command Sgt. Maj. Cleveland deployed three times to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and once to Kuwait in support of Operation Desert Spring. Her other deployments include Exercise Cobra Gold in Thailand and Exercise Tandem Thrust in Tinian and Guam.
Command Sgt. Maj. Cleveland’s military education includes the Warrior Transition Battalion Commander and First Sergeant Course, Tactical Information Operations, Operational Security Level 2, the Public Affairs Officer Qualification Course (honor graduate), the Joint Public Affairs Supervisor Course, and the Instructor Training Course. She is also certified as a master instructor through the Defense Information School. Command Sgt. Maj. Cleveland has graduated all levels of NCO Professional Development with honors. She is also a graduate of Thomas Edison State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.
Command Sgt. Maj. Cleveland’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (1OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), the Joint Commendation Medal (1OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (5OLC), the Joint Service Achievement Medal (1OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (4OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (3rd Campaign Star), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the NATO Medal (International Stabilization Assistance Force), the Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 4), and the Army Service Ribbon. Command Sgt. Maj. Cleveland also has the Joint Meritorious Unit Award (1OLC) and the Meritorious Unit Award (1OLC). She is the 2007 recipient of the SGM Dawn Kilpatrick AUSA Scholarship and a 2011 recipient of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Award.
Command Sgt. Maj. Cleveland is married with two adult stepdaughters.