• CSM James C. Hardy will become the Maneuver Center of Excellence command sergeant major in a ceremony behind Ridgway Hall at 10 a.m. March 29.

    CSM James Hardy

    CSM James C. Hardy will become the Maneuver Center of Excellence command sergeant major in a ceremony behind Ridgway Hall at 10 a.m. March 29.

  • CSM Earl Rice, outgoing MCoE command sergeant major, has been tapped to serve as LTG Frank Helmick's senior enlisted adviser. Rice came to Fort Benning in May from Vicenza, Italy, where he served as the Southern European Task Force command sergeant major.

    CSM Rice

    CSM Earl Rice, outgoing MCoE command sergeant major, has been tapped to serve as LTG Frank Helmick's senior enlisted adviser. Rice came to Fort Benning in May from Vicenza, Italy, where he served as the Southern European Task Force command sergeant...

FORT BENNING, Ga. - CSM James C. Hardy will become the second NCO to serve as the senior enlisted for the Maneuver Center of Excellence when he replaces CSM Earl Rice in a change of responsibility ceremony behind Ridgway Hall, Building 35, at 10 a.m. March 29.

Hardy, command sergeant major of the 75th Ranger Regiment, will pass his mantle to CSM Rick Merritt in a ceremony at Fort Benning's Ranger Memorial at 4 p.m. Monday.
In early February, Rice was selected to serve as the command sergeant major of the 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, N.C.

Hardy entered the Army in 1986 and completed one station unit training, Airborne School and the Ranger Indoctrination Program at Fort Benning before reporting to the 75th Ranger Regiment's A Company, 2nd Battalion at Fort Lewis, Wash., where he served as a squad leader, team leader, grenadier and gunner.

He has deployed in support of Task Force Ranger, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Hardy's previous assignments include command sergeant major of the Regimental Special Troops Battalion, 75th Ranger Regt.; command sergeant major of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regt. at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.; and command sergeant major of 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Hardy holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and is a graduate of several military schools including the Pathfinder, Jump Master, Air Assault, Sergeants Major and Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape High Risk schools.

Among his awards and decorations, Hardy has earned the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star. He is a distinguished member of the 502nd Infantry Regiment and the 187th Infantry Regiment.

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