Command Sergeant Major Robert Potts was born in Bridgeport, TX. He graduated from Hinton High School and entered the United States Army in January 1996.
Command Sergeant Major Potts has served in various assignments stateside and overseas, including 350th HR Company, Ft Sill, OK; 1/79 and 1/22 FA Ft. Sill, OK; 1st BDE (Devil BDE) 1st INF DIV Ft. Riley KS; 1st BDE, 95th DIV HHC, Drill Sergeant Academy, Ft. Jackson, SC; 3/378 BCT CSM Norman, OK, 1st BDE CSM at Ft Sill, Ok, Division CSM for the 95th DIV at Ft Sill, Ok, and most recently selected as the CSM for the 76th Operational Response Command out of Salt Lake City, UT.
His deployments include Guatemala and Panama for Task Force Moteugua, Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan, and Operation ROG 1 in the Republic of Georgia.
He has served in a variety of leadership positions throughout his career in the United States Army that includes Platoon Sergeant, Senior Drill Sergeant, Senior Drill Sergeant Leader, BN Senior Operations NCO, HHC 1SG, Chief Instructor and Course Manager U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Academy, BDE Human Resources NCOIC, BDE Operations SGM, Battalion CSM, BDE CSM, and DIV CSM. Command Sergeant Major Potts' military education includes Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course, Field Artillery Platoon Sergeant Course, Master Gunner Course, Army Postal Operations Course, Drill Sergeant School, First Sergeant Course, Unit Prevention Leader Course, Master Fitness Course, Combatives Level 1,2 and 3, Combat Lifesaver Course, Counter Insurgency Course, Combat Leaders Course, CSM Development Course, Pre-Command Course (BDE and BN Level), Force Protection and various Anti-Terrorism Schools, Total Army Instructor Training Course, Small Group Instructor Course, Transition Team Course, Commanders Safety Course, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course Level I and II. He is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeant Major Academy Class #41, Self Structured Development Level 6, Nominative Leaders Course, and Defense Support of Civil Authorities Phase I Course. His civilian education includes OAEC Electrical Transmission and Distribution Engineering Course, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Management and Leadership at Purdue University. His civilian employment is with CKenergy as a field engineer and works as a land specialist and realtor for Mossy Oak Properties.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award); Army Commendation Medal (5th award); Army Achievement Medal (7th award); Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (7th Award); Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Service Star device); Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with Bronze Service Star device); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal (w/ M devise and hourglass); NCO Professional Development Ribbon (w/ #5 device); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Medal (2nd award); Army Reserves Overseas Training Ribbon; NATO (ISAF); German Schutzenschnur. He has also been awarded the Expert Marksmanship Badge, Order of Saint Barbara Medal, Combat Action Badge, and Drill Sergeant Badge.
Command Sergeant Major Potts currently resides in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma, with his wife Lindsay and their son, Corbin.