By U.S. ArmyFebruary 6, 2018
Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Pintagro assumed responsibilities as senior enlisted leader of U.S. Army Garrison Natick in January 2017. The garrison provides installation services supporting Soldiers and family readiness as well as research, development and acquisition.
Prior to his arrival at Natick, he served as Public Affairs Sergeant Major of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command in Kaiserslautern, Germany, leading a dynamic team of military and civilian communicators spanning the region.
Pintagro joined the Army in 1996 as a photo-journalist. After completing initial training, then-Spc. Pintagro served as a command information reporter, editor of the post newspaper and III Corps PA Plans NCO at Fort Hood, Texas, from 1997-1999. He served as section sergeant and NCOIC of the 13th Public Affairs Detachment at Fort Irwin, California, from 1999-2001. He taught basic PA, Journalism and the Editors Course at the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Maryland, from 2001-2004. He served subsequently as PA NCOIC of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, New York, from 2004-2007.
Then-Master Sgt. Pintagro served as NCOIC of the U.S. Army Public Affairs Center, the Army PA proponent, at Fort Meade in 2007-2008. He served from 2009-2010 as PA chief of the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Red Cloud, Korea, managing the CI program and an energetic combined communication team. He served as chief of Army newspapers and enlisted leader of the Plans Division of the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs in the Pentagon from 2010-2012, administering the signature Army PA awards program.
Then-Spc. Pintagro served as editor of the Desert Voice during an Intrinsic Action rotation with the 4th PAD in Kuwait in 1997. As a junior NCO, he supported public information operations as part of a wildfire fighting task force in Montana in 2000. He served in central Europe and Kosovo as NCOIC of the 13th PAD in 2000-2001. As NCOIC of the 3rd BCT PA shop, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from January 2006-May 2007. He organized and headed the 21st TSC communication effort at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania in early 2014.
He graduated from Auburn University in 1996 with a master's degree in U.S. history prior to joining the service. He earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1993. He completed the Pre-Command Course and Command Sergeant Major Development Course in 2015, the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy in 2013, the Senior Public Affairs Course in 2008, and all levels of NCOES as well as initial entry training.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (third award), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (fifth award), the Army Achievement Medal (fifth award), the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Army Staff Identification Badge and the Combat Action Badge.
Command Sgt. Maj. Pintagro and his wife have two daughters, a son and a beagle. His home of record is Auburn, Alabama.