Lieutenant Colonel Bleigh was born and raised in Hannibal, Missouri, and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.
Upon commissioning as an Engineer Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Bleigh’s first duty assignment was to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where he served in the 65th Engineer Battalion (Light) as a Sapper Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Battalion Assistant S-3. During this assignment he conducted three deployments to the Philippines. His next assignment was to Special Operations Command Pacific as a Current Operations Officer where he conducted deployments to Thailand and South Korea. Following selection and qualification as a Special Forces Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Bleigh commanded a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha a Special Forces Company (Airborne) in Fort Carson, Colorado. He conduct two combat deployments to Iraq, a deployment to Azerbaijan and conducted NATO SOF partnership deployments to Romania, Slovakia, and Estonia. He next served as the Executive Officer for 4th Battalion and the Group Operations Officer for 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). As a Group Operations Officer, he deployed for the initial establishment of Special Operations Command Forward – West Africa, managing SOF operations across 11 countries in Northwest Africa. Lieutenant Colonel Bleigh was and selected to serve as the Executive Officer to the Commander of Special Operations Command Africa in Stuttgart, Germany, and then transitioned to the Chief of Future Operations, where he served prior to his selection as the Commander of the Southern California Recruiting Battalion.
Lieutenant Colonel Bleigh’s military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course; the Infantry Captain’s Career Course; the Special Forces Qualification Course; the Special Forces Language School with focus on Arabic; the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) course; the Static Line Jumpmaster Course; the Military Freefall Jumpmaster Course. Lieutenant Colonel Bleigh also earned a Master of Science Degree in Defense Analysis with emphasis in Irregular Warfare from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Lieutenant Colonel Bleigh’s military awards include two Bronze Star medals, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, Joint Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and various unit awards. Lieutenant Colonel Bleigh’s military decorations include the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, the Sapper Tab, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Master Military Freefall Parachutist Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, Slovakian Parachutist Badge, and Estonian Parachutist Badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM George Pickett
Command Sgt. Maj. George B. Pickett was born in Tuskegee, Ala. He graduated from Prattville High School in Prattville, Ala. Following high school, he joined the Army as a Construction Equipment Repairer (62B).
CSM Pickett’s was first assigned to the 2/159 AVN Regiment in Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. He deployed to Desert Shield and Desert Storm, redeploying in 1991. In 1995, CSM Pickett was assigned to United States Army Recruiting Command as a detailed recruiter at the Reading Recruiting Station Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion. In 1998, he was assigned to the Lebanon Recruiting Station as an On-Production Station Commander. In 2000, Pickett was reassigned to the Reading Recruiting Station as a Limited Production Station Commander. In 2002, he was subsequently assigned to the Atlanta Recruiting Battalion Athens Recruiting Station as a Limited Production Station Commander. Promoted to master sergeant in 2004, he took a position as the Jackson Recruiting Battalion Master Trainer. In 2005, Pickett assumed the duties as first sergeant of the Daytona Recruiting Company with Jacksonville Recruiting Battalion. In 2007, he became first sergeant of the Gainesville Recruiting Battalion. In 2010, CSM Pickett was assigned to 2nd Recruiting Brigade as the Brigade Senior Trainer. In 2011 he again assumed responsibility as first sergeant of the Montgomery Recruiting Company for Montgomery Recruiting Battalion. Upon selection to sergeant major, he was assigned to the Denver Army Recruiting Battalion as the Operations Sergeant Major.
CSM Pickett attended Primary Leadership Development Course at Fort Stewart Georgia, and Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Station Commander Course, Guidance Counselor Course, First Sergeant Course at Fort Jackson, and Phase I of the Sergeants Major Academy. CSM Pickett will earn a B.A. in Multi-Disciplinary Studies from Liberty University.
CSM Pickett awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Gold Recruiter Badge, Recruiter Ring, and the Glen E. Morrell Medallion.