Command Sergeant Major Kenneth R. Franco
CSM Kenneth R. Franco, from Oceanside, NY, enlisted in the U.S. Army as an Armored Reconnaissance Specialist, completing one station unit training at Fort Knox, KY. He assumed responsibility of the 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division in June 2018
He has served in every leadership position from Team Leader to Command Sergeant Major. His assignments include: Scout Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, Baumholder, Germany; Scout Platoon, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, Ft. Stewart, GA; Section Leader, B Troop, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, Republic of South Korea; Section Leader, 2nd Brigade Reconnaissance Troop, Ft. Stewart, GA; Cavalry Instructor, 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Regiment, Ft. Knox, KY; Platoon Sergeant, A Troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment, Ft. Richardson, AK; First Sergeant, NCOA, Ft. Knox, KY; First Sergeant, C Troop, 4th Squadron (Airborne), 73rd Cavalry Regiment, Ft. Bragg, NC; First Sergeant, HHC Brigade, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne, Ft. Bragg, NC; Operations Sergeant, Division G-3, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC; Operations SGM, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, Ft. Bragg, NC; CSM, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 91st Cavalry Regiment, Grafenwoehr, Germany. Some of his operational deployments include: Intrinsic Action, Desert Spring, UNPREDEP Forces, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Inherent Resolve, Southwest Border Mission.
CSM Franco has completed all levels of NCOPDS and other PME courses to include: Airborne School, Jumpmaster Course, Army Instructor (Basic & Master), Systems Approach to Training Course, Pathfinder Course, Ranger School, First Sergeants Course, BN and BDE Pre-Command Course, and the BN/BDE CSM Development Course. He is enrolled with Excelsior College pursuant to a Bachelor’s Degree.
He is a recipient of the following awards and decorations: Silver Star, Bronze Star (1 OLC), Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1 Silver OLC & 4 Bronze OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 Silver OLC & 3 Bronze OLC), Good Conduct Medal (7thAward), National Defense Service Medal (2 Bronze Service Stars), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Service Star), Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Bronze Service Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 5), United Nations Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Wings (Master, Senior, and Novice), the Pathfinder Badge. He is also a recipient of the following foreign awards: German, Israeli, Italian, and Polish Jump Wings. CSM Franco is a member of the following professional associations, Sergeant Audie L. Murphy Association, Knight of the Order of St. George, the Order of the Spur (Gold and Silver), the Honorable Order of St. Barbara, and the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment Association.