Command Sgt. Maj. Buford E. Noland was born in Sioux City, Iowa, and was raised on several Air Force Bases throughout our country. In 1985 he joined the United States Army and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort McClellan, Ala. Following Noland's Initial Entry Training he served in various overseas and stateside assignments including the 142nd Military Police Company, Yongsan, Korea; 401st MP Company, Fort Hood, Texas; the 570th MP Company, Mannheim, Germany; and in Fort Bragg, N.C.: the 82nd MP Company (ABN), 82nd ABN Division; the 118th MP Company; the 21'st MP Company; Headquarters, Headquarters Detachment, 503rd MP Battalion; and Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 16th MP Brigade (ABN). Since graduating from the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 58, Noland has served as the command sergeant major for the 193rd BSB, 4th MEB, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
Noland has served in every duty position from gunner to Task Force J3 Sergeant Major and Battalion Command Sergeant Major. He has participated in six operational deployments to Operation Just Cause, Panama, 1989, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraq, 1990, Noble Eagle, Pentagon, post-9/11, Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, 2003, and Iraqi Freedom, 2004, and again in 2006.
His military training consists of the Primary Leadership Development Course, MP Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Courses, First Sergeants Course, the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Jump Master School, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Battle Staff Course, SRT School, Unit Movement Officers School, and Nuclear, Biological and Chemical School. His civilian education includes an associate's degree in Criminal Justice. He is currently enrolled at Parks University completing a bachelor's degree in history.
Noland's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Arrow Head (5), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Ribbon (3), the Army Service Ribbon, the Kuwait Liberation Medal Award, the Combat Action Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge with Bronze Star, the Air Assault Badge and the Drivers Badge.
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