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ISAF Command Sergeant Major Michael T. Hall

CSM Michael Thomas Hall
Command Sergeant Major,
International Security Assistance Force/United States Forces Afghanistan


Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Michael T. Hall was born and raised near Cleveland, Ohio and entered the U.S. Army in August of 1976. After attending Basic Training, Advanced Infantry Training, and Airborne School, he was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 75th Infantry (Ranger) Regiment, Fort Stewart, Georgia. He served in a variety of positions to include mortar and 90mm recoilless rifle sections, and served as a Weapons Platoon Sergeant and Intelligence NCO.

In 1983, CSM Hall was assigned to the Citadel as a ROTC Military Science III Instructor and advisor to the Cordell Airborne Ranger Company. In 1985, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment where he served as a Rifle Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Liaison Officer. In 1995, he was assigned to the 3d Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division as the Command Sergeant Major. In June 1996, he was assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment as the Regimental Command Sergeant Major. In May 2000 he was assigned as Command Sergeant Major of the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
In November 2001 he was assigned as the Command Sergeant Major of the United States Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. CSM Hall Retired on 31 July 2008 after 32 years on Active Duty with the US Army. He was retired by the 75th Ranger Regiment, where it all started.

CSM Hall was employed by Lockheed Martin Corporation working in Simulation, Training and Support as a Subject Matter Expert on Irregular Warfare; Special Operations; Infantry tactics, techniques and procedures and drills; Urban Warfare, Small Unit Tactics, Light Tactical Vehicles, Training, Equipment development; Military Personnel Management and compensation, benefits; Leadership, Military Force Structure; Command and Control; Military Force Modernization; Readiness; Physical Fitness (Performance Enhancement); Marksmanship; Risk Management (Safety); Joint Training Exercises; Targetry; Resource Management; Assessment and Selection of Personnel, providing expertise in the development of Live, Virtual, and Constructive simulations/simulators.

CSM Hall was recalled from retirement on 4 August 2009 to assume the duty position of Command Sergeant Major for the International Security Assistance Force/United States Forces Afghanistan North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Afghanistan where he currently serves.

CSM Hall is a graduate of the Airborne, Ranger and Jumpmaster courses; Jungle Operations Training Center, Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, Military FreeFall, Pathfinder, Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course, Air Assault, Dragon Trainer courses, and the Sergeants Major Academy.

His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with OLC, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 2-OLC, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 4-OLC, Army Achievement Medal with 3-OLC, Good Conduct Medal-10th Award, National Defense Service Medal second award, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead and Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 4, Multinational Force and Observers Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, the Army Superior Unit Award, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award 1-OLC. He has earned the Expert Infantryman’s Badge and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He has also earned the Jordanian, Dutch, German Netherlands and British Jump Wings. He is a Master Parachutist with Combat Star. He is Ranger, Pathfinder, Military FreeFall, and Air Assault qualified. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from New York State Regents University.

CSM Hall family resides in Columbia, TN. He is married to the former Brenda S. Webb of Sheffield Lake, Ohio. They have one son, Jeffrey who is currently a student at Middle Tennessee State University.