Command Sergeant Maj. Mark B. Baker is a native of Mountainburg, Arkansas, and enlisted in the United States Army in August 1996 as a Medium Helicopter Repairer (Chinook) (67U).
Baker began his service with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in 1997. He has served the Regiment in the following positions: D Company, 2-160th SOAR (Abn), Phase Team Leader; B Company, 2-160th SOAR (Abn), Flight Engineer Instructor, Standardization Instructor, and Platoon Sergeant; Special Operation Aviation Training Company (SOATC), Standardization Instructor and Platoon Sergeant; and E Company 160th SOAR (Abn), Platoon Sergeant and First Sergeant. From 2009 to 2010, Baker served as the First Sergeant for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-228th, Soto Cano Airbase, Honduras. Baker served as B Company, C Company, and D Company, 3/160th SOAR (Abn)’s First Sergeant from 2010 to 2014. Baker served as the Sergeant Major for the Aviation Maintenance Support Office (AMSO) from 2014 to 2015, then as the Command Sergeant Major for the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion (SOATB) from 2015 to 2016. His most recent assignment was as the Squadron Command Sergeant Major for 2-17 Cavalry Regiment.
Baker has deployed in support of Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn and Inherent Resolve.
Baker has completed every level of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System training and is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 65) and the Joint Special Operations Academy. In addition, he has completed the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Course; Arctic Survival Training Course; Naval Overwater Survival Course; Flight Engineer Instructor Course; Combat Lifesaver Course; Airborne School; Air Assault School; and Battalion Pre-Command Course. Baker’s civilian education accomplishments include an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University.
Baker’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with “V” Device and Numeral 5, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Metal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Army Force Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Silver Service Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 5, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 2, Combat Action Badge, Master Aviation Badge, Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.
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