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SMA Kenneth O. Preston, USA, Retired

SMA Kenneth O. Preston is a United States veteran who served in the United States Army for almost 36 years. He retired in 2011 as the longest serving Sergeant Major of the Army—holding the position of 13th Sergeant Major of the Army from January 2004 to March 2011.

During this time, SMA Preston served as the Army Chief of Staff’s personal advisor on all soldier- and family-related matters. He devoted the majority of his time travelling to Army instillations to provide support for leaders and to talk to soldiers and their families to understand their needs, personal hardships and challenges of serving a nation at war. Before becoming Sergeant Major of the Army, SMA Preston held a variety of command sergeant major positions. Most recently, he served as the Command Sergeant Major for the Combined Joint Task Force 7 in Baghdad, Iraq.

SMA Preston holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Trident University International. He has also completed several military educational courses, including the Basic Noncommissioned Officer’s Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer’s Course, First Sergeant’s Course, M1/M1A1 Tank Master Gunner Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer’s Course and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.

His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, four Army Meritorious Service Medals, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, the Good Conduct Medal 11th award, two National Defense ribbons, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NCOES Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon 5th award, the NATO Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait), two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Department of the Army Staff Badge.

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