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Command Sergeant Major Michael Lewis was selected as the 6th State Command Sergeant Major for the Rhode Island National Guard effective October 15th, 2012. The Command Sergeant Major serves as the principle Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Adjutant General which includes enforcing standards, developing policies on enlisted matters and making recommendations to improve the quality of life for Rhode Island’s National Guard airmen, soldiers and their families.

CSM Lewis was born in Westerly, Rhode Island, and graduated from Chariho High School in June 1982. He entered active duty upon graduation and he completed One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Ft. Benning, Georgia in the fall of 1982, where he was awarded the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 11B, Infantryman. Later that year, he completed Basic Airborne School and was assigned to 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Ranger Battalion, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, GA. While there, he held positions as a rifleman, grenadier, automatic rifleman, senior rifleman, platoon sniper, team leader and squad leader.

Upon completion of his initial enlistment, Command Sergeant Major Lewis joined the Rhode Island Army National Guard where he was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne). In Special Forces, CSM Lewis served as Junior Weapons Sergeant, Senior Weapons Sergeant, Operations / Intelligence Sergeant, Special Forces Team Sergeant and Company Sergeant Major. In August 2006, CSM Lewis was assigned as the first Sergeant Major of the newly formed Special Operations Detachment – Global.

His military education includes all levels of NCOES culminating with the Army Sergeants Major Academy, Non-resident course, Class 29. He is also a graduate of Basic Airborne School, Jungle Operations Training Center, Ranger School, SFQC, Jump Master, USASOC Mountain Master Course (Distinguished Honor Graduate) and Level 1 Mountaineer, ARNG Mountain Warfare School Winter, Summer, and Lead Climber Courses, Marine Corps Scout Sniper School, and Northern Warfare Training Center.

CSM Lewis has deployed in support of many named operations to include, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (Afghanistan), Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (Iraq), Operation JOINT FORGE (Bosnia), Operation DESERT SPRING (Kuwait), Operation JOINT GUARDIAN (Kosovo) and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM – CCA (SOCSOUTH). Prior to becoming a SGM, he deployed in support of Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY (Haiti) and Operation URGENT FURY (Grenada).

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1st OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3rd OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3rd OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1stt OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (4th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2nd Award w/Arrowhead device) , Kosovo Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, United Nations Medal, and NATO Medal (3rd Award). He has earned the Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, CIB (2nd Award), EIB and the Master Parachutist Badge.

SGM Lewis’ wife’s name is Nicole, and they have a daughter named Riley and a son named Conner.

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