CSM Carl Ashmead
21st Regimental Command Sergeant Major, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Command Sergeant Major Carl Ashmead is a native of Corral, Idaho; he enlisted in the United States Army in November of 1987. His assignments include: 2nd Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Lewis Washington, HHC 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning Georgia, HHC 25th Infantry Division Schofield Barracks Hawaii, 2nd Battalion 5th Infantry Schofield Barracks Hawaii, 1st Battalion 87th Infantry Fort Drum, 2nd Battalion 22nd Infantry Fort Drum, 3rd Squadron 71st Cavalry Fort Drum, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry at Fort Drum, New York, and 1ST Armored Brigade Combat Team, Camp Casey Korea. He currently serves as the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment “BLACKHORSE.”
Command Sergeant Major Ashmead has served in the Infantry as a Rifleman, Assistant Gunner, Machine-Gunner, Fire Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Operations Sergeant Major, and Command Sergeant Major. Additionally he has served as a Pre-Ranger Instructor with the 75th Ranger Regiment and as the Division Tactical Command Post NCOIC for the 25th Infantry Division Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He has participated in five combat deployments to include the Operation JUST CAUSE Invasion of Panama in 1989, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 01-02, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 03-04, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 05-06, and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 09-10.
CSM Ashmead's military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (Two Oak Leaf Clusters), Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters), Good Conduct Medal (Seventh Award), National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Arrow Head Device, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Fourth Numeral), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation w/ oak leaf, Ranger Tab, Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat Infantry Badge (2nd Award), Master Parachutist Badge with Bronze Star, Belgian Parachutist Badge, and Belgian Commando Badge. CSM Ashmead is an honorary member of the Orders of Saint Barbara; and Saint George, and he is a Primicerius in the Order of Saint Maurice.
CSM Ashmead's military and civilian education include all levels of the Noncommissioned Officers education System, Basic Airborne School, Department of the Army Certified Armorer Course, Jumpmaster Course, Ranger Indoctrination Program, Pre-Ranger Course, U.S. Army Ranger School, Belgian Commando Course, SERE Course (Level C), Battle Staff NCO Course, and Paramedic Course. CSM Ashmead is a graduate of the United States Army's Sergeants Major Academy Class 57. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Excelsior College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Studies. He is married to the former Sheri Haney of Albuquerque, New Mexico and they have four children, Victoria, Hillary, Morgan, and Paige.