By U.S. ArmyJanuary 6, 2014
CSM Ray C. Thornton
Command Sgt. Major, U.S. Army Garrison Daegu, South Korea
Installation Management Command, Pacific Region
Command Sergeant Major Ray C. Thornton is a native of Pineview, Georgia. He graduated from Wilcox County High School in June 1987. CSM Thornton enlisted into the U.S. Army on July 21, 1987 where he completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Va. There he successfully earned the Military Occupational Skill of 76V (92A), (Material Management Specialist).
Command Sergeant Major Thornton's previous assignments include Warehouse Specialist, 406th General Supply, Fort Bragg, N.C.; Storage Specialist, C Co. AMC, Camp Stanley, Korea; Squad Leader, A Co. 24th FSB, Fort Stewart, Ga.; Warehouse NCOIC, B Co. 302 FSB, Camp Casey, Korea; Platoon Sergeant, E Co. 703rd MSB, Fort Stewart, Ga.; Plans and Operations NCOIC, HHC 3rd COSCOM, Wiesbaden, Germany; First Sergeant of Tango Company 266th Quartermaster Battalion, Fort Lee, Va; S-3 Operations NCOIC, 71st CSB, Bamberg, Germany; USASMA, Fort Bliss, Texas; Command Sergeant Major of 88th Brigade Support Battalion in Fort Polk, La; Command Sergeant Major of 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion at Fort Bragg, N.C.; Command Sergeant Major of 10th Special Forces Group Support Battalion (Airborne) at Fort Carson, Colo.
Command Sergeant Major Thornton has successfully held all enlisted leadership positions from Squad Leader to Command Sergeant Major. His military education and schools includes the Primary Leadership Development Course (WLC), Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course (ALC), Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course (SLC), Commanders Safety Course, Retention Course, Battle Staff Course, Air Assault Course, Airborne Course, First Sergeant Course, United States Army Sergeants' Major Academy (Class 57); he is also a graduate of the Pre Command and Command Sergeants' Major Course. He currently holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Logistics Management.
Command Sergeant Major Thornton's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), Army Achievement Medal (11OLC), Good Conduct Medal (8th AWD), National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 4, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (4th award), Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, Driver's Badge and the Distinguished Order of Saint Martin Medallion.