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Command Sgt. Maj. Michael B. Isom entered the United States Army in 1992, when he attended basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Following basic training, Isom proceeded to Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where he was awarded his first MOS as a ground surveillance operator (96R). Isom later reclassified in November of 2005 as a 15W unmanned aircraft operator at Fort Huachuca.
Isom’s assignments include duties as a ground surveillance operator with the 102nd Military Intelligence BN, Camp Hovey, Korea; ground surveillance team leader, 110th Military Intelligence BN, Fort Drum, New York; ground surveillance squad leader, 102nd Military Intelligence BN, Camp Essayons, Korea; platoon sergeant, A Co 311th Military Intelligence BN, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; battalion operations NCOIC, 311th Military Intelligence BN, Fort Campbell; collection manager, brigade S-2 NCOIC, 4th BDE 101st ABN, Fort Campbell; platoon sergeant, tactical unmanned aircraft systems, 4th BDE 101st ABN, Fort Campbell; NCOIC, Warrior Training Branch at the USAACE Directorate of Training and Doctrine, Fort Rucker; first sergeant, A/1-145th Aviation Regiment, Fort Rucker; first sergeant, B/1-145th Aviation Regiment, Fort Rucker; first sergeant, D/1-25 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, Fort Wainwright, Alaska; command sergeant major, USARAK Aviation Task Force, Fort Wainwright; brigade operations sergeant major, 101 Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Campbell.
Isom is a combat veteran with deployments in support of Operation Uphold Democracy, Operation Joint Guard, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and other contingency operations.
Isom’s military education includes the Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Air Assault Course, Rappel Master Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Foundation Training Developer Course, Strategic Deployment Planning Course, Unit Movement Course, and the Combat Lifesaver Course.
His decorations and awards include the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal (6th award), Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal (8th award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2nd award), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal (2nd award), Humanitarian Service Medal (2nd award), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 5), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 6), NATO Medal, ISAF NATO Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award (3rd award), Army Superior Unit Award (2nd award). Isom has also earned the Senior Aviation Badge, Air Assault Badge and Drivers Badge.
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