Command Sergeant Major Lee A. Ward is a native of San Diego, California and enlisted in the United States Army on 25 September 1990 as an Infantryman. He completed Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia and was awarded the MOS 11C. During his 26 years of active service, CSM Ward has held numerous leadership positions that include Squad Leader, Section Sergeant, Recruiter, Platoon Sergeant, Battalion Operations Sergeant, NCOES Branch Chief, Military Transition Team NCOIC, First Sergeant, and Battalion Operations Sergeant Major.
His previous assignments include: 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), Fort Myer, VA; United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, TX; Department of Plans, Training, and Mobilization, Fort Drum, NY; 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, Fort Drum, NY; 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Fort Drum, NY; 4th Division Iraq Federal Police, Baghdad, Iraq; 10th Mountain Division (LI) NCO Academy, Fort Drum, NY; HHC, 1st Brigade Combat Team, Fort Drum, NY, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, Fort Drum, NY; 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, Fort Drum, NY; Southern California Recruiting Battalion, Santee, CA; 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, WA; 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, WA; 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry, Vilseck, Germany.
His previous deployment include: Operation Iraqi Freedom I, Operations Iraqi Freedom VII, Operation Joint Forge, Kosovo, and Operation Sea Signal, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Command Sergeant Major Ward has continued to further his military education and training. He has completed every level of the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System through the United States Army Sergeant’s Major Academy, Class 64. He has completed such military specific courses as basic Airborne School, Air Assault School, Pathfinder School, U.S. Army Recruiting School, Master Resiliency Course, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course, Emergency Medical Technician-B Course, Military Transition Team Course, Total Army Instructor Training and Small Group Instructor Training Courses, Mountain Leader’s Close Combat Certification Course; Infantry Mortar Leaders Course, Jungle Warfare Course, Mortuary Affairs Personnel Recovery Course, General Officer/Senior Executive Service Force Integration Course, and French Commando School. Command Sergeant Major Ward is also a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and Order of St. Maurice (Centurion) recipient.
Command Sergeant Major Hill has continued to further his military education and training. He has completed the Basic Airborne School, Air Assault School, Jumpmaster School, Drill Sergeant School, Equal Opportunity School, and the Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course. He is a graduate of NCOES Schools through United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. He received the award of Honor Graduate during his Drill Sergeant School class as well as the Leadership Award, Iron Man Award, and Commandants Inspection Award. He was also the Infantry Training Brigade Drill Sergeant of the Year for 2005. Additionally, in 2002 he was selected as the Sigholtz Leadership Award recipient for the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. Command Sergeant Major Hill is also a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, Sergeant Morales Club, and Order of St. Maurice (centurion) recipient.
Command Sergeant Major Ward earned his Associate of Science and Technology Degree from Pierce College, Washington and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Science (Business Administration) from Excelsior College, New York. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Unit Commendation with two oak leaf clusters, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal (8th award), National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Kosovo Campaign Service Medal with Bronze Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, Global war on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 4, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 3, NATO Medal, Drivers Badge, Gold Recruiting Badge with two Sapphires, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and French Commando Badge.
CSM Ward and his wife Tanya have twin boys, Jake and Alex.