Command Sergeant Major Jesse Castellano Jr. is a native of San Antonio, Texas. He assumed responsibility as the Command Sergeant Major of the Medical Recruiting Brigade on March 16, 2018.
He entered active duty on October 2, 1991, and conducted basic training at Fort Knox, Ky. followed by initial military occupation training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas as a combat medic 91B. After a few years, he reclassified and received training as a License Practical Nurse 91C.
Following his selection and assignment to recruiting duty in 1999, Command Sgt. Maj. Castellano held a number of positions within the Command to include field recruiter, small station commander (Huntsville RS), and large station commander (College Station RS), Conroe Recruiting Company, Houston Recruiting Battalion, 5th Recruiting Brigade.
CSM Castellano served as the Command Sergeant Major for the Seattle Recruiting Battalion, 6th Recruiting Brigade and as the Operations Sergeant Major and interim Command Sergeant Major for the Minneapolis Recruiting Battalion, 3rd Recruiting Brigade. CSM Castellano served as company 1SG for both the Corpus Christi and Austin Recruiting Companies, San Antonio Recruiting Battalion, 5th Recruiting Brigade.
His previous assignments as a combat medic and license practical nurse include HHB 2nd Battalion 17th Field Artillery, Fort Sill, Okla., HHT 5th Squadron 17th Cavalry, Camp Pelham, Korea, Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Wash, and Irwin Army Community Hospital, Fort Riley, Kan.
His military education includes the United States Army Sergeant’s Major Academy (Class 62), Department of the Army and U.S. Army Recruiting Command First Sergeant Course, Senior Leader Course, Advance Leader Course, Basic Leader Course, Station Commander Course, Army Recruiter Course, Recruiter Trainer Course, Guidance Counselor and Operations Course, BDE Pre-Command Course/BDE CSM Development Course, BN Pre-Command Course/BN CSM Development Course.
His civilian education includes a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Park University, and an Associate of Arts in General Studies from Barton County Community College.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (7th Award), Army Commendation Medal (15th Award), Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Expert Field Medical Badge, Gold Recruiting Badge with three sapphires, coveted recruiter ring and the prestigious Glen E. Morrell Medallion. CSM Castellano is a recipient of the US Army Recruiting Excellence Medallion and the Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3) Medallion.
up commander, Fort Bragg, N.C.; chauffer for Assistant Commandant, Quartermaster Center & School, Fort Lee, VA; recruiter Rochester MN; On-Production Station Commander, Winona, MN; Limited Production Station Commander, Crystal, MN; Company Operations & Training NCO, Brainerd Recruiting Company, Brainerd, MN; first sergeant, Mt. Clemens Recruiting Company, Detroit, MI; senior master trainer, HQ, USAREC G-3; S-3 sergeant major, New York City Recruiting Battalion; G-3 sergeant major, HQ USAREC; and battalion command sergeant major for the Montgomery Recruiting Battalion.
His military and civilian education includes the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 62) graduating with honors, obtaining the SMA William G. Bainbridge Chair of Ethics Award; Department of the Army and the USAREC First Sergeants Courses; USAREC Senior Master and Master Trainers Courses; Guidance Counselors and Operations Courses; Station Commanders Course; Senior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, and Basic Leaders Course Obtaining Commandants List; Army Recruiters Course; U.S. Army Airborne School. CSM Schwab holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Marketing and a MBA in Human Resource Management from Columbia Southern University, Alabama.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Five Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with Eight Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Superior Unit Award with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal Eighth Award, National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with One Bronze Star, Humanitarian Service Medal with Two Bronze Stars, Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Medal, United Nations Somalia Medal, Army Gold Recruiting Badge with Three Sapphire Stars, Basic Parachute Badge, and Drivers Badge. He is a recipient of the Gold Recruiter Ring, the Recruiting Excellence Medallion, and was inducted into the Glen E. Morrell Order of Recruiting Excellence.