COMMAND SGT. MAJ. CHRISTOPHER D. TRUCHON
Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher D. Truchon was born at Fort Benning, Georgia, and grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1993, completing Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Advanced Individual Training at the U.S. Army School of Music, located on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he earned Military Occupational Specialty 42R, Army Musician. He has held every leadership position in the Army Bands Career Program, from Assistant Team Leader to Command Sergeant Major.
Before joining U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden in August 2019, Command Sgt. Maj. Truchon was assigned to the Army School of Music, serving as the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army Bands Career Program, which is comprised of over 4,000 Soldiers in the Active Army, Army Reserve, and National Guard. He was the primary enlisted advisor to the school Commandant on all matters pertaining to the education of enlisted and officer personnel attending Army Bands Professional Military Education courses, and held the additional duty of Army Bands Proponent Sergeant Major. During this tour, Command Sgt. Maj. Truchon simultaneously served as the Commandant of the Army Bands Noncommissioned Officer Academy, the institution responsible for designing and conducting Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System courses required for junior and senior NCOs in MOS 42R.
His prior assignments include the 9th Infantry Division Band at Fort Lewis, Washington, two tours with the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus in Heidelberg, Germany, the Infantry Center Band at Fort Benning, Georgia, the Army Ground Forces Band at Fort McPherson, Georgia, the Continental Army Band at Fort Monroe, Virginia, First Sergeant and Acting Commander of the Signal Corps Band at Fort Gordon, Georgia, two tours, including one as unit Sergeant Major, with the 8th Army Band at Yongsan, Korea, Sergeant Major of the 1st Armored Division Band at Fort Bliss, Texas, and at Fort Eustis, Virginia, where he served on the Army Training and Doctrine Command staff, and as the Sergeant Major of the Training and Doctrine Command Band.
Command Sgt. Maj. Truchon’s military education includes all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System, culminating with the Sergeants Major Course (Class 63). His additional military education includes the Army First Sergeant Course, the Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer Course, the Army Force Management Course, Battalion and Brigade Precommand Courses, and the TRADOC, NCOA Commandant, and Garrison Precommand Courses. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Bachelor of Science in Music from Excelsior College, and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University.
He has served as an ambassador for the Army throughout the United States and abroad, and provided musical support to Soldiers and civilians deployed in support of operations in numerous countries, including Jordan, Kuwait, Bosnia and Hungary.