U.S. ARMY CHEMICAL CORPS
Hall of Fame
Command Sergeant Major Patrick Z. Alston
Command Sergeant Major Patrick Z. Alston began his career in the U.S. Army as a Medical Specialist and reclassified into the U.S. Army Chemical Corps.
He held many key positions in the Chemical Corps to include Drill Sergeant, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of the Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Detachment for the White House under the Clinton Administration, Lead Instructor for the U.S. Army School Contingency On-site Inspection Training Department, Branch Manager at Human Resource Command and the Acting Command Sergeant Major for the Technical Escort Unit.
Upon being promoted to Sergeant Major, he was assigned to the 23rd Chemical Battalion in Korea. He went on to serve as Brigade Command Sergeant Major for the 23rd Support Command and then was selected to become the 10th Regimental Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army CBRN School.
Command Sergeant Major Alston then served as the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Senior Enlisted Leader. His final assignment was as the Senior Enlisted Leader for the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), making him the first CBRN Sergeant Major ever selected to serve at the Four Star Level.
Patrick Z. Alston is a Senior Fellow for the National Defense University’s Capstone and Keystone programs. He is also a Senior Consultant with Burlington Capital Corporation, a diverse investment management firm.