CSM Eric R. McCray is a native of Conway, Arkansas. He enlisted in the United States Army Reserves on January 9, 1990 as a 76V (Material Storage and Handling Specialist) under the Delayed Entry Program. He completed Basic Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in the summer of 1990 and graduated the Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Lee, Virginia in December 1990. CSM McCray later transitioned into regular Active Duty service on July 14, 1992 and changed his MOS to 16T, Patriot Missile Crewmember.
CSM McCray's duty position and assignments include: Patriot Missile Crewmember - 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery, Bitburg AFB, Germany; Section Chief - 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Hanau, Germany; Drill Sergeant - 1st Battalion, 56th Air Defense Artillery, Fort Bliss TX; Senior Operations Sergeant -- USACENTFB (HHB Center), Fort Bliss, TX; Operations Sergeant Major -- 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, Fort Bragg, NC; Platoon Sergeant - 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, Osan AFB, Korea; First Sergeant - 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery, Fort Bliss, TX; First Sergeant - 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Fort Bragg, NC; Operations Sergeant Major - 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Bragg, NC; Operations Sergeant Major - 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery, Fort Bragg, NC; Operations Sergeant Major - 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery, Camp Carroll, Korea; G3 Operations Sergeant Major - 32d Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Bliss, TX; Operations Sergeant Major -- 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, Isa Air Base, Bahrain; Battalion Command Sergeant Major 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment; Brigade Command Sergeant Major 35th ADA Brigade, Osan Air Base Korea. Command Sergeant Major USAG Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
CSM McCray's military education includes the Primary Leaders Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer, Advanced Noncommissioned Officers, First Sergeants Course, Instructor Training Course, Airborne, Air Assault Course, Drill Instructor Course, Battalion Pre-Command Course, Brigade Pre-Command Course, Installation Management Course, and the United States Sergeant Major Academy, Class 60.
His civilian education includes an Associate of Arts in General Education from Central Baptist College, Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology from Park University and a Master of Arts in Business Organizational Security Management from Webster University.
CSM McCray's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (1), Meritorious Service Medal (8), Joint Service Commendation Medal (1), Army Commendation Medal (4), Army Achievement Medal (10), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (1), Army Superior Unit Award (2), Army Good Conduct Medal (8), National Defense Service Medal (2), Korea Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon (5), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (7), The Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Parachutist Badge (Senior), Air Assault Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge, and the Basic Marksman Qualification Badge. CSM McCray has been awarded Chilean foreign jump wings and is an Ancient Order member of the Order of Saint Barbara.