• Command Sergeant Major's Biography

3/4 Cavalry Batallion
Command Sergeant Major

CSM James A. Westover

CSM James A. Westover entered the Army 26 November 1986 and attended 19D Cavalry Scout, One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Upon completion CSM Westover completed Basic Airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia and was assigned to 3rd Battalion (ABN) 73rd Armor, 82nd ABN DIV, Fort Bragg, N.C.

CSM Westover has served in numerous positions and assignments. His assignments include M551A1 Sheridan Driver/Loader/Gunner, Master Gunner B CO, 3/73rd AR, 82nd ABN DIV; Platoon Sergeant F-Troop, 2nd SQDN, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, LA; Senior Drill Sergeant 19D OSUT, Fort Knox, KY; First Sergeant E-Troop, 1st Cavalry (Separate), Fort Wainwright, AK; DA Master Gunner, Fort Eustis, VA; First Sergeant/Command Sergeant Major 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry, 4th BCT, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT), Intel Sergeant/Operations Sergeant Major, 3rd SQDN, 73rd CAV, 1st BCT, 82nd ABN DIV, Command Sergeant Major 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry, 2nd BCT, 82nd ABN DIV, Fort Bragg, N.C. Command Sergeant Major 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, Schofield Barracks, HI.

His deployments include 3rd BN (ABN) 73rd AR, 82nd ABN DIV, Operation Desert Shield/Operation Desert Storm; F- Troop, 2nd SQDN, 2nd ACR, Operation Uphold Democracy, Haiti; 1st SQDN, 61st CAV, 4th BCT, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) Operation Iraqi Freedom; 3rd SQDN, 73rd CAV, 1st BCT, 82nd ABN DIV, Operation Iraqi Freedom. 1-73 CAV, 2nd BCT 82nd ABN DIV Operation Unified Response, Haiti. 1-73 CAV, 2nd BCT 82nd ABN DIV, Operation New Dawn Iraq.

CSM Westover's education includes PLDC, BNCOC, ANCOC, First Sergeant Course, United States Army Sergeant Majors Academy NRC-35, Scout Platoon Leader's Course; Air Load Planners Course, Bradley Master Gunner Course, Drill Sergeant School, Basic Military Mountaineering, Assault Climber Course, Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Air Assault School, CSM Westover is currently working on earning his Masters degree in Homeland Security through American Military University.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2OLC); Purple Heart; Meritorious Service Medal (5OLC); Army Commendation Medal Valor; Army Commendation Medal (2OLC); Army Achievement Medal (1SOLC, 3OLC); Army Good Conduct Medal (8th AWD); National Defense Service Medal (1BSS); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal (4CS); Iraqi Campaign Medal (2CS); Humanitarian Service Medal; NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4); Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 4); Valorous Unit Award; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Army Superior Unit Award; Combat Action Badge; Master Parachutist Badge; Air Assault Badge; Drill Sergeant Identification Badge; Drivers Badge; He has also been awarded the German Efficiency Badge (Bronze); German Marksmanship Badge (Bronze); and is a recipient of the Order of Saint George and the Order of Saint Maurice (Legionnaire).

CSM Westover is originally from Big Bear Lake, California, and has been married for 20 years to the former Lorri Shannon Brown of Lillington, North Carolina.