Sergeant Major Leah R. Mariano

Deputy Commandant

NCO Academy Fort Dix

Sergeant Major Leah R. Mariano assumed her duties as the Deputy Commandant for the Noncommisioned Officer Academy Dix on March 4, 2019. In her previous position, she was assigned as the Operations Sergeant with the Headquarters, 646th Regional Support Group in Madison, Wisconsin.

She enlisted into the United States Army on April 6, 2000 from Honolulu, Hawaii and completed her Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. She has served in a variety of positions in the Active Guard and Reserve program since April 2003. Her key NCO assignments include: First Sergeant, NCO Academy Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; Assistant Inspector General, Military Intelligence Readiness Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Deputy Chief of Staff G1/G4 Noncommissioned Officer-In-Charge, Army Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Secretary for the General Staff Noncommissioned Officer-In-Charge, Army Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Senior Human Resources Sergeant, Detachment 4, 3100th Strategic Intelligence Group, Dayton, Ohio; Special Actions Noncommissioned Officer-In-Charge, 9th Mission Support Command, Fort Shafter Flats, Hawaii; Executive Administrative Noncommissioned Officer, 9th Regional Readiness Command, Fort Shafter Flats, Hawaii; Administrative Sergeant, Headquarters Support Company, 411th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy) deployed to Camp Liberty, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; and Administrative Sergeant, 9th Regional Support Command, Fort Shafter Flats, Hawaii.

Master Sergeant Mariano’s significant military education includes Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Courses, Unit Pay Administrator Course, Army Training Requirements and Resources System Course, Security Manager Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, US Army Inspector General Course, Commander/First Sergeant Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Training Management Course, Training Plan Development Course, and Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education. Master Sergeant Mariano earned her Master of Business Degree in Human Resources Management Specialization from Ashford University, San Diego, California.

Her awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Good Conduct Medal (5th Award); Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with bronze Hourglass and M Device; NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 3; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 3; Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon; Army Superior Unit Award; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Combat Action Badge; Operator-S (for Special Mechanical Equipment); and Driver Badge-W (for Wheeled Vehicles).