Regimental Command Sergeant Majors
CSM John H. Holden
May 1996 – September 2000
Command Sergeant Major (CSM) John H. Holden Jr. was born in Washington, D.C. He enlisted in the Army in January 1971, completed Basic Training at Fort Lewis, Washington, and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia.
Upon his completion of Advanced Individual Training in June 1971, he was assigned to Company B, 124th Signal Battalion, Fort Carson, Colorado, where he served as a 31M, Multichannel Radio Operator. In January 1972, he was assigned to Company B, 1st Signal Battalion, Kaiserslautern, Germany. In October 1974, CSM Holden was assigned to 5th Battalion School Brigade, USASC, for the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course. In March 1975, he was assigned to 385th Signal Company, Fort Gordon, Georgia, where he served as Section Chief and Platoon Sergeant. In June 1976, he was reassigned to Company A, 67th Signal Battalion, Fort Gordon, Georgia. He was then assigned in April of 1977 as a 31N, Section Chief with the 226th Signal Company, Korea.
Returning to the continental United States in May 1978, he attended Drill Sergeant School in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and then was assigned to Company B, 5th Battalion, Fort Gordon, Georgia. After completion of drill sergeant duty in June 1980, CSM Holden attended Special Forces Qualification Course training. Upon his graduation in May 1981, he was assigned to 5th Special Forces at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In December 1984, CSM Holden was reassigned to Heilbronn, Germany, as First Sergeant of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 26th Signal Battalion for one year, and then reassigned to Company C, 26th Signal Battalion as First Sergeant for three years. In January 1989, he entered the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas. Upon his graduation, he was reassigned in September 1989, as the Command Sergeant Major of the 1190th Signal Battalion (provisional) during Operation Just Cause. In July 1990, CSM Holden was assigned to the 29th Signal Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington. In June 1992, CSM Holden was reassigned to the 51st Signal Battalion, Stuttgart, Germany. From May 1993 until May 1996, he served as Command Sergeant Major of the 7th Signal Brigade, 5th Signal Command, Mannheim, Germany, serving in Hungary and the former Yugoslavia (Operation Joint Endeavor). In May 1996, he assumed the position of Command Sergeant Major for the United States Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon, as well as being the fourth Signal Corps Regimental Command Sergeant Major.
CSM Holden's schooling includes Drill Sergeant School at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. In June 1980, after completing Airborne training, he completed Special Forces training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He also completed the First Sergeant Course in Munich, Germany. CSM Holden's NCOES training includes NCO Academy, Bad Toelz, Germany, the Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course at Fort Gordon, Georgia, as well as the Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course. He graduated with Class-33 from the Sergeants Major Academy. CSM Holden holds an Associate of Arts degree from Georgia Military College, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Fayetteville State University and a Master Degree in Education from National Louis University.
Command Sergeant Major Holden has numerous awards, badges, and citations. Some of the more prominent include the Meritorious Service Medal with a silver oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf dusters, the Special Forces Tab, the Master Parachutist Badge, and the Drill Sergeant Badge.