CSM Joe A. Bonds

Installation Command Sergeant Major

CSM Joe A. Bonds

Command Sergeant Major Bonds is a native of Benton Harbor, Michigan. He entered the U.S. Army in June, 1989. He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advance Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. In 1995 he was accepted to start the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Course at Fort McClellan, Alabama.

CSM Bonds has served in every leadership position from Squad Leader to Platoon Sergeant to include First Sergeant. Some of his assignments include: Command Sergeant Major, 84th Chemical Battalion, 3rd Chemical Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; CBRN Professional Development Sergeant Major, U.S. Army CBRN School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Sergeant Major for Directorate of Training and Leader Development, U.S. Army CBRN School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; First Sergeant 63rd Chemical Company, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Distance Learning Chief for ANCOC/BNCOC/BSNCO Course and USASMA Distance Learning First Sergeant Course Instructor, 101st NCO Academy, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; First Sergeant 1/33 CAV (RSTA) Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Brigade CBRN NCO, 3rd BCT, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Senior Instructor, 8th Army Wightman NCOA, Camp Jackson, Korea; Instructor/Writer ITSB 29th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia; Senior Drill Sergeant B. CO., 46th INF BN, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Platoon Sergeant/NBC NCO 551stTrans CO., Fort Eustis, Virginia; Squad Leader/NBC NCO 362nd Signal Company, Yongsan, Korea.

CSM Bonds is a combat veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom.

CSM Bonds’ military schools include: Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Battle Staff Course, Drill Sergeant School, Master Fitness Trainers Course, First Sergeant Course, Instructors Course, Equal Opportunity Course, Air Assault School, CBRN Senior Staff Planners Course, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 60) and the Command and General Staff College Battalion Pre-Command Course. CSM Bonds holds an Associate’s Degree in General Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College, Albany, New York, and a Master’s Degree of Business Administration from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri.

CSM Bonds’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Award Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Good Conduct Medal (9th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Southwest Asia Service Medal (3 Campaign Stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Campaign Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 4), NATO Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal(Emirate of Kuwait), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Air Assault Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, and Drivers Badge.

He is also a recipient of the prestigious Honorable Order of the Dragon.