Command Sergeant Major Paul Yingst was raised in Arkansaw, WI and joined the Army Reserve in 1990. In June 2019, he became the Command Sergeant Major of the 7th Mission Support Command. Prior to his current assignment, CSM Yingst spent three years as the Army Reserve Engagement Cell Sergeant Major at US Army South, three years as the Command Sergeant Major, 926 Engineer Brigade, Montgomery, AL, two years as the Commandant of the U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) Parks, Dublin, CA, and the previous 20 years in a variety of Engineer assignments from Bridge Company to the Theater Engineer Command (TEC) level. He has participated and executed numerous operations and exercises in the USACE, CENTCOM and SOUTHCOM areas of responsibility.
CSM Yingst has an Associate Degree in Marketing, from the Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, WI. CSM Yingst’s military education includes the Nominative Leader Course, Force Integration Course for Senior Leaders, Keystone Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course, Structured Self Development Level V, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 36, First Sergeant Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer Course, Total Army Instructor Training Course, Small Group Instructor Training Course and the Sapper Leader Course.
CSM Yingst’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal w/four oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal w/one silver oak leaf, Army Good Conduct Medal w/three knot device, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal w/three oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal w/one bronze star, Iraq Campaign Medal w/two bronze stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/silver hour glass and “M” device, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon w/numeral 6, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, and the Sapper Special Skill Tab. CSM Yingst is a recipient of the Army Engineer Association’s Bronze de Fleury Medal.
CSM Yingst’s previous assignments include: Bridge Crew Chief, 327 Engineer Company (Panel Bridge); Section Leader, 652 Multi-Role Bridge Company; Instructor, 1/3/84 Training Regiment; Senior Construction Supervisor, 416 Engineer Command; Action Officer, USARCENT, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Assistant Operations Sergeant, 416 TEC; Security, Plans and Operations Sergeant Major, Gulf Region Division, Baghdad, Iraq; Operations Sergeant Major, 412 TEC; Commandant, U.S. Army NCOA Parks; Command Sergeant Major, 926 Engineer Brigade; and Army Reserve Engagement Cell SGM.
CSM Yingst and his wife Stephanie reside in Kaiserslautern, GE and have two sons, Wyatt and Dalton.