• Command Sergeant Major's Biography

2-35 Infantry Battalion
Command Sergeant Major



CSM Ronald L. Bly



CSM Ronald L. Bly enlisted in the U.S. Army in January of 1988 and attended Infantry One Station Unit Training at Ft. Benning, Georgia.

CSM Bly has served in a variety of Infantry assignments to include; 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Infantry Regiment, Ft. Lewis, Washington, CSM Bly has held positions as Assistant Gunner, M60 Machine Gunner, Rifle Team leader, and Squad leader.(While assigned to this Unit, CSM Bly participated in Operation Just Cause conducting a low level parachute assault on RIO HATO Airfield, Republic of Panama); Regimental Reconnaissance Detachment (RRD), 75th Ranger Regiment, Ft. Benning GA, CSM Bly has held positions of Recon specialist, Senior Recon Specialist, Recon Team Sergeant, and Recon Operations Sergeant; (While assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment Reconnaissance Detachment, CSM Bly Deployed in support of Operation Kosovo Freedom); Special Forces Operational Detachment (Delta), Ft. Bragg, NC; CSM Bly held all positions from 6 IC to Team Leader,( while assigned to this unit CSM Bly participated in 2 tours to Afghanistan, 8 tours in Iraq and 1 tour with the British SAS).

CSM Blys’ military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, and United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.

Other schools and courses include Airborne School, Ranger Indoctrination Program, Army Trauma Training Course, Emergency Medical Technician Course, Combat Lifesaver Course, Pre-Ranger Course, Ranger Course, Static Line Jumpmaster Course, Waterborne Infiltration Course, SERE Level C, Combat Divers Qualification Course, Military Freefall Qualification course, Military Freefall Jumpmaster Course, Military Freefall Advanced Course, Ranger Orientation Program, Hazardous Material Course, Advanced Land Navigation Course, Operators Training Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Advanced Demolition Certification, and the Jungle Warfare School.

CSM Blys’ awards and decorations include the Soldiers Medal; Bronze Star with “V”; Bronze Star (5 Oak Leaf Clusters); Purple Heart ( 1 Oak Leaf Cluster); Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters); Meritorious Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster); Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal with “V”; Army Commendation Medal (6 Oak Leaf Clusters); Joint Service Achievement Award; Army Achievement Medal (6 Oak Leaf Clusters); National Defense Service Medal (w/bronze); Good Conduct Medal (8th Award); Kosovo Campaign Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 2); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ Bronze Star and Arrowhead device; Presidential Unit Citation (1 Oak Leaf Cluster); Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; ISAF NATO Medal; Afghan Campaign Medal; Combat Infantryman's Badge (2ND Award); Expert Infantryman's Badge; Military Freefall Jumpmaster Badge; Combat Divers Badge; Master Parachutist Badge w/bronze service star; the German, British and Canadian Parachutist Badges; and the Ranger Tab.