Command Sergeant Major
Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Schmidt
On February 26, 2016, Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Schmidt assumed the responsibilities as command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, Fort Hood, Texas.
Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Schmidt was born in Tucson, Arizona. He graduated from Agua Fria Union High School in Arizona in 1993. He enlisted in the Army in November 1993 and attended one station unit training (OSUT) at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he was awarded the MOS 19D, Cavalry Scout.
Command Sgt. Maj. Schmidt’s military and civilian education includes all levels of NCOES and is a graduate of United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 60. He is also a graduate of the following military courses: Basic Airborne school, Air Assault school, SERE school (High Risk), Scout Leaders course, Advanced Airborne school (Jumpmaster), Pathfinder course, Joint Fire Power Controller course, Battle Staff course, Northern Warfare course, BN and BDE PCC, Garrison PCC, and the CSM/SGM Force Management Course. He graduated from the Strategic Broadening Seminar (SBS 2015) in National Security Studies from the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Command Sgt. Maj. Schmidt holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University, Troy, Alabama.
Command Sgt. Maj. Schmidt’s previous assignments include: Gunner/Cavalry Scout, G-TRP 2nd Squadron 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, Louisiana, Sheridan Crewman/Squad leader D-TRP 1st Battalion 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Polk, Louisiana, Bradley Gunner/Commander A-TRP 4th Squadron 7th Cavalry, Camp Gary Owen, Korea, Section Sergeant 2/11 Scout Platoon 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin, California, Platoon Sergeant A-TRP 1st Squadron 17th Cavalry, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Joint Readiness Training Center Observer Controller (JRTC) Armor/MECH Team, Fort Polk, Louisiana, First Sergeant HHT 1st Squadron 40th Cavalry (Airborne), Fort Richardson, Alaska, First Sergeant B-TRP 1st Squadron 40th Cavalry (Airborne), Fort Richardson, Alaska, Senior Career Advisor Armor Branch Human Resources Command, Alexandria, Virginia, Operations Sergeant Major for 3BCT, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Command Sergeant Major for the 1st BN 6th Infantry Regiment, 2 ABCT, 1st AD, CSM United States Army Garrison, Fort Riley, Kansas, and is currently the Command Sergeant Major for the United States Army Operational Test Command, Fort Hood, Texas.
Command Sgt. Maj. Schmidt’s awards and decorations include: The Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (6 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (5 Oak Leaf Clusters), Korean Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (3-CS), Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, and the United Nations Mission In Haiti Medal. He has also earned the Combat Action Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (GOLD), Australian Parachutist Badge, Ukrainian Parachutist Badge, and the Canadian Parachutist Badge. He is a Knight in the Order of Saint George (Bronze and Silver Medallions), inducted into the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, Legionnaire in the Order of Saint Maurice, member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, member of the Excellence in Armor Program, recipient of the Draper Armor Leadership Award, and was inducted as a distinguished member of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He has earned his Silver and Gold combat spurs.