CSM James Wills Command Sergeant Major, 80th Training Command
February 11, 2013
CSM Wills enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1984. He was born in Beckley, West Virginia. During his previous 28-years of service, CSM Wills has served in a variety of professionally rewarding and developmental positions across the Army in the operating and generating force.
His previous assignments include serving as the Command Sergeant Major of the 81st Regional Support Command; G3/5/7 Sergeant Major of the 84th Training Command (Unit Readiness) at Fort Knox, Kentucky; 78th Training Division 2010 Warrior Exercise at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; 70th Division G3 Sergeant Major at Fort Knox, Kentucky; Command Sergeant Major of the1st Brigade (Engineer), 102nd Division (MS), 80th Training Command (IT) at Tulsa, Oklahoma; Command Sergeant Major of the 1st Battalion (EN), 3rd Brigade (CS), 95th Division (IT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Operations Sergeant Major of the 1st Battalion (EN), 3rd Bde (CS), 95th Div (IT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; First Sergeant of the 955th Engineer Company (Pipeline Construction) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Platoon Sergeant of the Engineer Support Platoon, 955th Engineer Company (PC) at Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Battalion Supply NCO of Service Battery, 3rd Battalion, 75th Field Artillery; Cannoneer of Battery C, 3rd Battalion, 75th FA; Heavy Equipment Repairer of 934th Maintenance Detachment at Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Traffic Management Specialist of Directorate of Logistics, Garrison Command, Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Significant deployments and mobilizations include Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, Iraq; Training Base Expansion II, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; and Operation Enduring Freedom Support, Fort Leonard Wood, MO.
CSM Wills is currently employed as the CEO of Appalachian Paving & Excavation, LLC; Beckley Asphalt & Paving Company, LLC; Beckley Concrete, LLC, and AP&E Properties, LLC all located in Beckley, West Virginia. CSM Wills is a graduate of Drury University located in Springfield, Missouri. He holds a Masters Degree in Education (M.Ed.), BS and AS in English. He also is retired from the United States Army Reserve Technician Program after 22-years of service.
His military education includes: National Defense University Keystone Course, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course, CSM/SGM Force Management Course, National Defense University-RC-National Security Course, United States Army Sergeants' Major's Academy, CGSC Pre-Command and Command Sergeants Major Course, ARRTC Brigade/Battalion Command Course, TRADOC Systems Approach to Training Course, Small Group Instructor's Course, Army Basic Instructor's Course, TASS Leader's Course, TRADOC Middle Manager's Course, Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer's Course (63H); Basic Non-Commissioned Officer's Course (13B), Heavy Equipment Repairer Course (RTUP)(62B), Primary Leadership Course, ASI-M6 Port Cargo Systems Specialist Course, 88N Traffic Manager's Course, numerous Army Reserve Readiness Training Command Courses, and Initial Entry (Basic) Training.
CSM Wills' decorations and badges include the Legion of Merit (2nd Award), Meritorious Service Medal (5th Award), Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Army Good Conduct Medal (1st Award), Army Reserve Commendation Medal (8th Award), National Defense Service Medal with Star, Southwest Asia Campaign Medal with Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hour Glass, M-Device, and Number 2, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with number 4, Army Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kuwaiti K-Medal, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, Unit Shoulder Sleeve Insignia for Wartime Service, Driver's Badge for Wheel and Mechanic Bars, and Expert Rifleman's Badge. He is also the recipient of the Artillery's Order of St. Barbara's and the Engineer Bronze De Fleury Medals.
CSM Wills is the proud father of Courtney, a Pediatric Nurse of Dixon, MO; Daniel, Operations Manager of Appalachian Paving and Excavation, LLC of Beckley, West Virginia; Paige Riley "Tuffy" and Jace. CSM Wills and his wife, Lisa, currently reside in Beckley, West Virginia.