U.S. Army Reserve


Command Sergeant Major James Wills

Command Sergeant Major of the Army Reserve (Interim)

Command Sergeant Major of the Army Reserve (Interim)

CSM Wills, a native of Beckley, WV, enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1984. During his previous 31 years of service, CSM Wills served in a variety of professionally rewarding and developmental positions across the Army in the operating and generating force.

His previous assignments include serving as the Command Sergeant Major of the 80th Training Command; 81st Regional Support Command; G-3/5/7 Sergeant Major of the 84th Training Brigade (Engineer), 102nd Division (MS), 80th Training Command (IT) at Tulsa, OK; Command Sergeant Major of the 1st Battalion (EN), 3rd Brigade (CS), 95th Division (IT) at Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Operations Sergeant Major of the 1st Battalion (EN), 3rd Brigade (CS), 95th Div (IT) at Fort Leonard Wood, MO; First Sergeant of the 955th Engineer Company (Pipeline Construction) at Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Platoon Sergeant of the Engineer Support Platoon, 955th Engineer Company (PC) at Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Battalion Supply NCO of Service Battery, 3rd Battalion, 75th Field Artillery; Cannoneer of Battery C, 3rd Battalion, 75th FA; Heavy Equipment Repairer of 934th Maintenance Detachment at Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Traffic Management Specialist of Directorate of Logistics, Garrison Command, Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Significant deployments and mobilizations include Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, Iraq; Training Base Expansion II, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; and Operation Enduring Freedom Support, Fort Leonard Wood, MO.  

He is currently employed as the CEO of Appalachian Paving & Excavation, LLC; Beckley Asphalt & Aggregate, LLC; and AP&E Properties, LLC - all located in Beckley, WV. CSM Wills is a graduate of Drury University located in Springfield, MO. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education (M.Ed.), BS and AS in English.

He also serves as an Army Reserve Technician as the G-3/7 Staff Operations and Training Officer (SOTO) for the 80th Training Command, Richmond, VA. He is also a lifetime member of the Army Engineer Association, lifetime member of the Association of the United States Army, Society of American Military Engineers, and holds a Master Mason Degree of the Arlington Masonic Lodge, Dixon, Mo.

His military education includes: Fiscal Legal Orientation Course, Nominative CSM Legal Orientation Course, TRADOC Quality Assurance Course, National Defense University Keystone Course, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course, CSM/SGM Force Management Course, National Defense University-RC-National Security Course, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, CGSC Pre-Command and Command Sergeants Major Course, ARRTC Brigade/Battalion Command Course, TRADOC Systems Approach to Training Course, Small Group Instructor’s Course, Army Basic Instructor’s Course, TASS Leader’s Course, TRADOC Middle Manager’s Course, Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer’s Course (63H); Basic Non-Commissioned Officer’s Course (13B), Heavy Equipment Repairer Course (RTUP)(62B), Primary Leadership Development Course, ASI-M6 Port Cargo Systems Specialist Course, 88N Traffic Manager’s Course, numerous Army Reserve Readiness Training Command Courses, and Initial Entry (Basic) Training.

 CSM Wills’ decorations and badges include: Legion of Merit (2nd Award), Meritorious Service Medal (8th Award), Army Commendation Medal (8th Award), Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Superior Civilian Service Award, Commander’s Civilian Service Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (1st Award), Army Reserve Commendation Medal (8th Award), National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Southwest Asia Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hour Glass, M-Device, and Number 2, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Number 4, Army Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait Liberation Medal - Kuwait, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, Unit Shoulder Sleeve Insignia for Wartime Service, Driver’s Badge for Wheel and Mechanic Bars, and Expert Rifleman’s Badge. He is also the recipient of the Artillery’s Order of St. Barbara’s Medal, Engineer Bronze De Fleury Medal, and Kentucky Colonel Nomination.