Command Sergeant Major Jeffrey Mellinger
Command Sergeant Major Jeffrey J. Mellinger assumed duties as the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s 13th Command Sergeant Major on Nov. 2, 2007.
CSM Mellinger was drafted on April 18, 1972, at Eugene, Oregon. Following basic and advanced training at Fort Ord, California, he completed airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia. His first assignment was in the Federal Republic of Germany as a unit clerk. Upon his return from Germany, CSM Mellinger was assigned to the 2d Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry, Fort Lewis, Washington. For the next five years, CSM Mellinger served as unit clerk, battalion personnel staff NCO, machinegun squad leader, rifle squad leader, rifle platoon sergeant and weapons platoon leader. He then performed drill sergeant duty at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and returned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion, serving again as a platoon sergeant.
Additional assignments include: Special Forces Military Freefall Instructor, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; senior team leader, 75th Ranger Regimental Reconnaissance Detachment, Fort Benning, Georgia; Assistant Professor of Military Science, University of Alaska-Fairbanks; First Sergeant, Company C (Airborne), 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry (Manchu), Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Senior Enlisted Advisor, 41st Separate Infantry Brigade, Oregon Army National Guard; CSM, 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; CSM, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia; Commandant, U.S. Army Alaska Noncommissioned Officer’s Academy, Fort Richardson, Alaska; CSM, United States Army Japan and 9th Theater Support Command, Camp Zama, Japan; CSM, First U.S. Army, Fort Gillem, Georgia; and CSM, Multi-National Force–Iraq from August 2004-May 2007. CSM Mellinger was then assigned to the U.S. Army Alaska and spent several months speaking to units and groups on his Iraq experiences.
CSM Mellinger’s military education includes: Commandant’s List, NCO Basic Course; Ranger School; Jumpmaster School; Jungle Expert School; FBI Crisis Reaction Course; Military Freefall Course; Drill Sergeant’s Course; Commandant’s List and Honor Graduate, NCO Advanced Course; Instructor Training Course; Military Freefall Jumpmaster Course; Commandant’s List, Sergeants Major Course Class 37; and the Command Sergeants Major Course.
CSM Mellinger’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal with “V” device, Meritorious Service Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with six oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral eight, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 2 campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Military Freefall Jumpmaster Badge, Ranger Tab, Drill Sergeant Badge, Combat Action Badge, Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2), Army Superior Unit Award, Canadian Commando Parachute Badge, Royal Thai Parachute Badge, and Malaysian Parachute Badge. CSM Mellinger is a member of the National Society of Sons of the American Revolution, a Distinguished Member of the 75th Ranger Regiment, and has been presented the Order of Saint Maurice (Primicerius), the Order of the Combat Spur and the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara. He has more than 33 hours of accumulated freefall in more than 3,700 jumps, and is a FAA Master Parachute Rigger.