CSM Travis Cherry
Command Sergeant Major Cherry serves as the Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, Fort Gordon, Georgia. He is the senior enlisted advisor to the Cyber CoE Commanding General and staff. He provides enlisted perspective on care and welfare of the enlisted force, personnel management, leader development, training, and readiness of the command. CSM Cherry also creates awareness and provides guidance on the commander’s theater strategic objectives.
CSM Cherry was born and raised in Houston, Texas. His military career began at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where he attended Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia, to become a 31K, Combat Communicator. CSM Cherry has demonstrated personal commitment to the Army and his Soldiers as he advanced to positions of higher responsibility. He also served over six years overseas, deploying to Republic of Korea (ROK) in support for the ROK Army, Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm (DS/DS), and later to Iraq and Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Throughout his military career, he served in key leadership positions and held a variety of staff positions, culminating in his current assignment as the Cyber CoE Command Sergeant Major. His other positions consist of Squad and Section Leader, Team Chief, Training Noncommissioned Officers, and Drill Instructor. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from National Louis University and his Master’s Degree in Business from University of Phoenix in June 2012.
CSM Cherry began his enlisted career in 1986 as a Wireman in the 864th Engineer Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington, where he served until 1988. From 1988 to 1989, he served in Camp Casey, Korea, as a Squad Leader in the 702nd Maintenance Battalion. He was stationed at Ft Campbell, Kentucky from 1989-1994, where he served as Platoon Sergeant in the 501st Signal Battalion. During this time, he deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. From 1994-1996, he was a drill sergeant in the 447th Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon, GA. He served in the White House Communications Agency in Washington, D.C., as NCOIC of the Washington Area Support Directorate, from 1996-2002. He returned to Korea in 2002, serving as First Sergeant of the 226th Signal Battalion (TROPO) at Camp Carroll. In 2003, he left Korea and returned to Fort Lewis, Washington, where he remained until 2010, serving as Brigade S6 (2003-2005), First Sergeant of 334th Signal Company (2005-2007), and HHC First Sergeant (2007-2008) in 3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), before becoming Command Sergeant Major of 593rd Special Troops Battalion, a position he held until his departure in 2010. While at Fort Lewis, he deployed three times: 2003-2004 to Iraq as Brigade S6, 2006-2006 to Iraq as Signal Company First Sergeant, and 2009-20010 to Kuwait as Battalion Command Sergeant Major. From 2010-2011, he served as Command Sergeant Major of the 43rd Signal Battalion in Heidelberg, Germany. He was then stationed at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, where he served as Command Sergeant Major of the 516th Signal Brigade (2011-2013) and Command Sergeant Major of the 311th Signal Command (Theater) (2013-2014).
CSM Cherry’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (3OLC), Distinguished Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (6 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal (4OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2OLC), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation (1OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (3 silver knots), National Defense Service Medal (2 bronze stars), South-West Asia Service Medal (2 bronze stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (campaign star with 3 bronze stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (bronze numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (bronze numeral 4), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Presidential Service Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Combat Action Badge, Parachute Badge, Air Assault Badge.