Command Sergeant Major Jerry L. Dodson Jr.
CSM, HQ, U.S. Army Garrison, JRTC and Fort Polk
CSM Jerry L. Dodson Jr. is a native of Kansas. He entered the US Army on 28 June 1995, and completed OSUT at Fort Benning, Georgia.
CSM Dodson’s assignments have included Rifleman, Team Leader, Section Leader and Platoon Sergeant, 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, GA, Senior Military Instructor at Marshall University in Huntington, WV, First Sergeant, HHC 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry, First Sergeant, C Co 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry, First Sergeant, C Troop, 1‐4 CAV, First Sergeant, HHC, 4th IBCT, Operations Sergeant Major, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry, Fort Riley, KS, Operations Sergeant Major, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry, Fort Carson, CO. CSM Dodson’s most recent assignment was Battalion Command Sergeant Major, 5th Ranger Training Battalion, Dahlonega, GA.
CSM Dodson has completed all levels of NCOES, and is a graduate of the USASMA Class of 63. His military education includes Ranger School, Airborne, Pathfinder, Air Assault, Jumpmaster, SERE Level C, and Mountain Warfare School (Summer and Winter Phases). His civilian education includes an Associate’s Degree in General Studies from Marshall University and Bachelor of Science Degree from Excelsior College. CSM Dodson has participated in numerous combat deployments to include four tours in Iraq and five tours in Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
CSM Dodson’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (3 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (6 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, (4 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with three Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with arrowhead device, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (w/ numeral 5 attached), NATO Service Medal (Afghanistan), Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon.
CSM Dodson has also earned the Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge with Combat Jump Device, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and the Order of St. Maurice (Centurion).