Sergeant Major Edward A. Bell assumed duties as the Sergeant Major, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4 in the Pentagon on 2 February 2017.SGM Bell is a native of Tarboro, NC and enlisted in the Army in February 1987 as an Engineer and reclass as a 92A in 1992, graduating as a Warehouse Specialist.
SGM Bell's previous assignments include 249th Engineer Battalion, Karlsruhe, West Germany; HHC, 37th Engineer Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; A/782nd, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 307th FSB, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; G Company, 244th Quartermaster Battalion, Fort Lee, Virginia; HQ&A/782nd, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion, Yongsan, South Korea; 530th S&S, 1st COSCOM, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 46th CSG, 1st COSCOM, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; A Company, United States Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA), Fort Bliss, Texas; HHC, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 3rd Special Forces Group Support Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 82nd Sustainment Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 23rd QM BDE, Fort Lee, Virginia, 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Fort Knox, Kentucky and 1st Sustainment Command (Theater), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.SGM Bell's has held every type of Leadership positions to include Squad Leader, Section Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Logistics NCOIC, Battalion Operations Sergeant, Drill Sergeant, Senior Drill Sergeant, First Sergeant, Division G-4 Senior Supply Sergeant Major, Battalion Command Sergeant Major, Brigade Command Sergeant Major, Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Command Sergeant Major, Sustainment Command (Theater) Command Sergeant Major.SGM Bell's deployments include Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Enduring Freedom II, XI, XIII, XIV and Operation Spartan Shield XVI.SGM Bell's military education includes Basic Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, First Sergeant Course, Battle Staff Course, Drill Sergeant Course, Master Fitness Course, Air Movement Operations Course, Airborne Course, Jumpmaster Course, US Army Force Management Course, Strategic Executive Leaders Course Certification, US Army War College, Nominative Level Legal Orientation Course and United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class (56). His civilian education includes an Associate's Degree in Management from Summit University, a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Administration from Touro University, and an Executive Leadership Certification from University of Kansas, School of Business.SGM Bell's awards and decorations include Legion of Merit (3OLC) , Bronze Star Medal (3OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), Good Conduct Medal (8th award), National Defense Medal, NCO Professional Development (w/ Numeral 4), Overseas Ribbon, South West Asia Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), NATO International Security Assistance Force Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Australian Parachutist Badge, Royal Dutch Parachutist Badge, Driver's Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and Drill Sergeant BadgeSGM Bell is married to the former Lisa Holliday of Philadelphia, PA and has four sons: James, Marcus, Devon, and Edward Jr.