Post to welcome new CSM
February 1, 2012
By Leader staff
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- The Army Training Center and Fort Jackson will welcome its new top enlisted Soldier with an Assumption of Responsibility ceremony at 3 p.m., Tuesday, in front of Post Headquarters.
Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Benson enlisted in the Army in November 1985. He attended infantry One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., followed by Basic Airborne Training.
Benson most recently served as the command sergeant major for the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Throughout his career, Benson has served in a variety of positions, including as a drill sergeant with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning.
He was deployed to Iraq as operations sergeant major with the 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment and as first sergeant with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment.
Benson is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 54). His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Jumpmaster Course, Pathfinder Course, Mountain Warfare Course, Long Range Surveillance Leaders Course, and Jungle Operations Course.
Benson's awards include the Bronze Star (4th Award), Meritorious Service Medal (5th Award), Army Commendation Medal with V device, Army Commendation Medal (9th Award), Army Achievement Medal (7th Award), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Combat Medal, Iraqi Combat Medal, Global War on Terror Expedition Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (3rd Award), NATO Medal, NATO MSM, and Canadian Foreign Jump Wings.
As an infantryman, he has also earned the Expert Infantryman's Badge, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Pathfinder Torch, Air Assault Wings, Master Parachute Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, and the Ranger Tab.
Benson is married to Mary Lankford Benson. The couple has two sons, Kevin Benson Jr. and Ryan Lankford.