Command Sergeant Major Jeffery W. Gaylord enlisted into the Army in August of 1991 from Paris, Tennessee. He first served as an Infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division 3/504th PIR at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; with subsequent assignments in the 2d Infantry Division 1/506th Infantry Camp Greaves, Korea; and 101st Infantry Division 1/187th Infantry Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He served in a variety of progressive positions in the Infantry, from M60 Machine Gunner to Squad Leader.
In 1999 Command Sergeant Major Gaylord was selected for recruiting duty and assigned to the Anniston Recruiting Company where he eventually converted his Military Occupational Specialty to Career Recruiter. His additional assignments within Montgomery Recruiting Battalion included Station Commander through Company First Sergeant.
In 2006, he was assigned as the First Sergeant of the Huntsville Recruiting Company, Montgomery Recruiting Battalion. In 2009, he was selected and served as the First Sergeant of the Clarksville Recruiting Company, Nashville Recruiting Battalion. He was then selected for and graduated from Class 62 of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy in 2012; he was assigned as the Operations Sergeant Major of the Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion. Command Sergeant Major Gaylord served as the Command Sergeant Major of the 6th Medical Recruiting Battalion from August 2013 to September 2015. Command Sergeant Major Gaylordís previous assignment was on Fort Knox, Kentucky serving as the Medical Brigade S-3 Sergeant Major.
Some notable accomplishments include being named the Montgomery Recruiting Battalion New Recruiter of the Year in 2000. Montgomery Battalion NCO of the year in 2004. Second Recruiting Brigade, Station Commander of the year and runner up for USAREC in 2005. Second Recruiting Brigade, First Sergeant of the year in 2009. Command Sergeant Major Gaylord is the recipient of USARECís highest awards in recruiting the Gold Recruiter Ring, Recruiting Excellence Medallion, and Glen E. Morrell Award. He also is an active member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club since 2004.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal 10th Award, Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon with 4th numeral, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbons, Basic Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, and Gold Recruiting Badge with three Sapphires.
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