Command Sergeant Major Ronald Howell

Fort Pickett-MTC

Garrison Command Sergeant Major

A native of Surry County, Virginia, Command Sergeant Major Ronald M. Howell Sr. entered into Active Army as a Cannon Crewman in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Following Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training he was selected as a hold-over Assistant Instructor and served as an acting Corporal for the next training cycle. In 1981, he continued his military career with "A" Battery, 1\113th FA in Fort Stewart, Georgia. In 1982, he transferred to Service Battery 2/139th Field Artillery Battalion in Kitzingen, Germany, 3rd Infantry Division, where he served as the Battalion Ammunition Sergeant.

CSM Howell joined the Virginia Army National Guard in 1984 with "Service Battery," 2nd Battalion, 111th Field Artillery in Richmond, Virginia. CSM Howell has served 35 years with the Virginia Army National Guard and is currently attending Virginia State University pursuing his Bachelor Degree in Individual Studies.

During his career he served as Gunner, Assistant Gunner, Howitzer Section Chief, Chief of Firing Battery, Gunnery Sergeant, and First Sergeant. He has also worked as an ANCOC Branch Chief, BNCOC Branch Chief, Operation Sergeant and Human Resource Sergeant within the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. In February 2009 SGM Howell was promoted to Command Sergeant Major and assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment in Norfolk, Virginia. In 2010, he was selected as the Pre-mobilization Training Assistor Element NCOIC.

CSM Howell deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, with Task Force Legion in support of “Operation New Dawn." CSM Howell was selected to serve as the Command Sergeant Major for the 116th IBCT Military Engagement Team in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His last assignment was the Battalion Command Sergeant Major for HHB 29th Infantry Division.

His awards and decorations include: Expert Qualification Badge, Marksman Pistol Badge, Federal Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd) Award, Army Commendation Medal (2nd) Award, Army Achievement Medal (5th Award),Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal (w/BSS), Global War of Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Humanitarian Service Ribbon, Kentucky Colonel Award, The Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M"  Device / 10 Bronze Hourglass, NCOES (#5),Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Virginia Bronze Star, Virginia National Guard Service Medal, Virginia National Guard Emergency Ribbon (#3),Virginia Governor National Service Medal, Virginia National  Guard Perfect Attendance Ribbon (#10).