Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Jack L. Tilley

SMA Tilley entered the U.S. Army in November 1966 and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He held a variety of important positions culminating in his assignment as the Sergeant Major of the Army. He previously held the position of Senior Enlisted Leader of the United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. Other assignments he held as Command Sergeant Major were 1st Battalion, 10th Cavalry, Fort Knox, 194th Armored Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Bad Kreuznach, Germany and United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Arlington, Virginia.

Throughout his 37-year career, SMA Tilley held every key leadership position including tank commander, section leader, drill sergeant, platoon sergeant, senior instructor, operations sergeant and first sergeant. His military education includes the First Sergeants Course and the Sergeants Major Academy. He is also a graduate of the basic airborne course, drill sergeant school and master gunner's course. For his service to our nation, SMA Tilley was awarded the following medals: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (3), Bronze Star with V Device, Meritorious Service Medal] (2), Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal (3) and the Presidential Unit Citation.