Command Sergeant Major Robert T. Priest (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Lisa M Litchfield)
Command Sergeant Major Robert T. Priest is a native of Lafayette, Indiana. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on 23 July 1984 and served as an Infantryman with the 6th Marine Regiment. He was honorably discharged in December 1989 and immediately entered the United States Army Reserve. Command Sergeant Major Priest's combined active and reserve service exceeds 33 years and includes holding senior leadership positions as a First Sergeant, Operations Sergeant Major, Joint Senior Enlisted leader (SGM), Battalion, Brigade and Division Command Sergeant Major.
His operational tours of duty include Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm (Homeland), Operation Noble Eagle (Homeland), Operation Iraqi Freedom and three tours in Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan.
CSM Priest attended the US Marine NCO Leadership School (BLC equivalent), BNCOC, ANCOC and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 54 (Resident). He also attended the First Sergeants Course, Drill Sergeant Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Drill Sergeant Instructor Certification Course (DSL), Joint Firepower/Controller Course, Airborne and Air Assault Courses, National Defense University - National Security Course, the Army Force Management Course and the Army Legal Orientation Course.
His awards and honors include the Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2nd AWD); the Meritorious Unit Commendation; the Navy-Marine Corps Meritorious Unit Commendation; the Navy Battle Efficiency Unit Award; the Bronze Star Medal (3rd AWD); the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal (4th AWD); the Expert and Combat Infantryman Badges; the 1999 TRADOC Ralph E. Haines, Jr. Outstanding Drill Sergeant of the Year Award; the Department of State - Meritorious Honor Award and the prestigious Infantry Order of Saint Maurice.
His education includes a Graduate Certificate in Stability, Security and Development in Complex Operations, from the Naval Post Graduate School; Bachelor Degree from Purdue University and Master Degree from The George Washington University. He is employed by Solutions Guidance Corporation (SGC) in support of the Army Training Support Center, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
He is married to the former Dawna Noel Lenz of California, and has two children and five grandchildren: son Staff Sergeant Kameron T. Priest, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, wife Adrianna, granddaughters Mckynli and Savanna of Phoenix City, Alabama; daughter Sage B. Priest, grandson Colten, granddaughters Cali and Chloe of Lafayette, Indiana.