Faces of the Noncommissioned Officer Corps 

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Robert E. Hall, USA, Ret.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Bob Hall, USA, Ret., retired in 2000 after 32 years of selfless service to the nation and the United States Army.

As a soldier, he held every NCO leadership position in the Department of the Army to include key assignments in unified commands.

Born in
Gaffney, S.C., he entered the Army on May 31, 1968, and received his initial entry training at Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Bliss, Texas.

Throughout his Army career his outstanding performance of duty was rewarded with promotions into positions of increased responsibility, culminating with his selection as the 11th sergeant major of the Army on Oct. 21, 1997.

He also served from 2002 to 2006 as cochairman of the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Retiree Council where he dealt with the crucial issues that face all retirees.

Hall, a life member of the Association of the United States Army, has been a strong and vocal supporter of the Army’s professional association – AUSA – at both the national and chapter levels.

   
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Robert E. Hall, USA, Ret.

He is now a member of the Council of Trustees, AUSA’s governing body, and serves as the vice president for noncommissioned officer and soldier programs.


Command Sgt. Maj. Dan Elder, USA, Ret., Killeen, Texas

Command Sgt. Maj. Dan Elder, USA, Ret., retired from active duty after more than 26 years of distinguished service to America’s Army. 

His assignments included drill sergeant, instructor, first sergeant and staff member at the Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas.

His operational deployment experiences include Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

His last duty assignment was as the command sergeant major of U.S. Army Materiel Command.

Dan is the founder of the original NCO Web site and its successors, Squadleader.com and FirstSergeant.com.

 
Command Sgt. Maj. Dan Elder, USA, Ret.

He authored the book “Educating Noncommissioned Officers,” and has published numerous articles in numerous periodicals.

Elder serves as an Association of the United States Army senior fellow – the first noncommissioned officer to hold this prestigious position.

He is a member and a strong supporter of  AUSA’s Central Texas – Fort Hood Chapter.

Both of these great noncommissioned officers are AUSA Torch Bearers – and are but two of the many Faces of AUSA.



Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Avery,
USA, Ret.

Mark Avery joined the United States Army in 1974. Throughout his 29 years of selfless service to the nation and the United States Army, he served in a variety of important military assignments. 

In addition to his stateside assignments, he saw service in Israel, Turkey and Operation Desert Storm with the 101sr Airborne Division.

Mark’s last assignment was as the command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery Center and Fort Bliss, Texas. 

He wrote several published leadership articles for Army Times  and numerous innovative training articles for the Air Defense Artillery Magazine.

 
Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Avery, USA, Ret.

After retiring from active duty Mark is “Still Serving” and making a difference in the El Paso community.

He is the immediate past president of the General Omar N. Bradley AUSA Chapter and was selected to serve on the AUSA National Resolutions Committee in 2007.

Mark recently served as the El Paso Chamber of Commerce Armed Forces Division chairman and is currently a chair for the Chamber Board of Directors.

During the 2008 AUSA Annual Meeting, Mark received the Sergeant Maj. of the Army William Bainbridge Medal.


Sgt. 1st Class Ron Taylor,
USA, Ret.

Ron Taylor retired from the United States Army with 22 years of selfless service to the nation.

He began his military career as a cavalry scout and retired as the deputy chief of the Fort Hood Consumer Affairs Directorate.

Along the way, he held a variety of important assignments of increasing responsibility including Army recruiter, instructor and noncommissioned officer in charge of the Office of Secretary Combined Joint Staff Headquarters, United States Forces Korea and Eighth United States Army.

Ron is currently the senior vice president of the Fort Hood National Bank.

 
Sgt. 1st Class Ron Taylor, USA, Ret.

He is also the president of AUSA’s Central Texas – Fort Hood Chapter. Under his leadership, the chapter has become one of the Association’s largest chapters. 

He is serving on AUSA’s National Advisory Board of Directors’ NCO and Soldier Programs Committee.

Ron is a graduate of Leadership Killeen, Class 2001, and was selected in 2006 a “Fort Hood Good Neighbor” by the commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood. 

He is a member of the Killeen Chamber of Commerce, Military Affairs Committee; the Killeen Heights Rotary Club, and Fort Hood Audie Murphy Club Advisory Council.

Ron is one of the many noncommissioned officer faces of AUSA. 

He is “Army Strong,” and he brings that strength to AUSA to help make the Fort Hood community a better place to live and work.


Command Sgt. Maj. William R. Pewther,
USA, Ret.

William Pewther began his U.S. Army adventure in February 1951 at Fort Knox, Ky. 

His outstanding duty performance, spanning five decades, was rewarded with promotions and duty positions of increasing responsibility and trust.

After a combat tour in Korea, Bill Pewther was discharged from active duty and immediately joined the U.S. Reserve’s 83rd Infantry Division. 

After more than 12 years of service in the U.S. Army Reserve, he joined the Ohio National Guard and in October of 1969 was promoted to the rank of command sergeant major.

 
Command Sgt. Maj. William R. Pewther, USA, Ret.

Bill was serving as a command sergeant major in the Ohio Military Reserve when he was recalled to active duty during the first Gulf War. After the war, he rejoined the Ohio Military Reserve and retired in 1997.

He has been a member of AUSA’s Maj. Samuel Woodfill Cincinnati Chapter since 1990 and was elected its president in 1996. 

He served as the chapter president for over eight years and is currently the vice president for NCO and soldier programs. He is active in his church’s senior citizen group and is a volunteer at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital.

Bill received the Association’s SMA William Bainbridge Medal in 2007 for a lifetime of selfless service to the United States Army. 

He is a community leader and a role model for soldiers.

He is a national treasure and one of the many noncommissioned officer faces of AUSA.



Command Sgt. Maj.  James F. Barrett, USA, Ret.


Command Sgt. Maj.  James F. Barrett, USA, Ret.

  James Barrett entered the United States Army in July 1978 and received his Basic Training and Military Police Advanced Individual Training at Fort McClellan, Ala. 

He served with distinction for more than 28 years as a squad leader, drill sergeant, platoon sergeant, first sergeant and command sergeant major.

James was selected as the Fort McClellan Noncommissioned Officer of the Year for 1986, and was named one of the Junior Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Young Men of America in 1987.

He retired from active duty Sept. 1, 2006, as the 8th Military Police Corps regimental command sergeant major. 

Since his retirement, James has worked for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs as a lead management analyst. 

Additionally, he is the president of the Association of the United States Army’s Fort Leonard Wood – Mid Missouri Chapter. 

He also serves with distinction on the National Board of Directors of the Military Police Regimental Association and several other soldier-support organizations.

James is one of our best and brightest noncommissioned officers who continue to serve the nation and his community with dedication and devotion. 

And he is one of the many “NCO Faces of AUSA.”

 

Command Sgt. Maj. Larry D. Pence, USA, Ret.

Larry Pence began his more than 30 years of service to the nation in 1969 with a tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam as an infantryman. 

During his outstanding career, he served in a variety of assignments including squad leader, platoon sergeant, and drill sergeant before leaving active duty and joining the Illinois Army National Guard where he became its command sergeant major.

Larry’s selfless service was rewarded with promotions and assignments of increasing responsibility culminating with his appointment as the command sergeant major of the Army National Guard on Jan. 3, 1994. 

 
Command Sgt. Maj. Larry D. Pence, USA, Ret.

Since retiring on April 1, 1997, he has worked for CACI Inc. – Federal as a senior project manager and Army National Guard integrator for the training resource model. 

In May 2008, Larry co-founded a therapeutic horseback riding program for wounded warriors in coordination with Walter Reed Army Medical Center. 

This program led to collaboration between the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) titled “NARHA Horses for Heroes.”

Larry is a former member of AUSA’s Advisory Board of Directors and is truly “Still Serving.” 

He is an outstanding soldier-citizen, and one of the many “NCO Faces of AUSA.”



Command Sgt. Maj. Tadeusz “Ted” Gaweda, USA, Ret

Ted Gaweda was born in Kamien, Poland, and, in 1943, he and his family were forced into a Nazi labor camp in Germany.

After the war he immigrated to the United States.

He joined the United States Army in April 1953, and served with distinction for over 35 years. 

During his military career, he held a variety of increasingly responsible leadership positions culminating as the command sergeant major, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, N.C. 

His overseas assignments include two combat tours in the Republic of Vietnam.

 
Command Sgt. Maj. Tadeusz “Ted” Gaweda, USA, Ret

He is a graduate of Class 2 of the Sergeants Major Academy.

Ted continues to support
Fort Bragg and the Army by remaining active in civilian and military programs that support soldiers.

He is serving as the honorary sergeant major of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment and is the vice president for individual membership for the Braxton Bragg Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army. 

He is also the vice president of the Fort Bragg Wounded Warrior Program.

Every Christmas, he visits soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ted’s love of country and soldiers is obvious to everyone with whom he comes in contact.

He is an American patriot and is truly “Still Serving.”

Ted Gaweda is one of the many NCO Faces of AUSA.

 

Command Sgt. Maj. Roberta L. Santiago, USAR, Ret.

Roberta Santiago entered the United States Army Reserve under the Civilian Acquire Skills Program (CASP) in September 1975 and held a wide variety of assignments within the Army Reserve.

She is a graduate of the United States Sergeants Major Academy and her last Army Reserve assignment, before retirement, was as the command sergeant major of 352nd Combat Support Hospital.

Her 30-plus years of federal service include working with the Departments of Justice and of Homeland Security.

She is currently the branch chief for force optimization and training for the U.S. Coast Guard Maintenance Logistics Command Pacific.

Her 30-plus years of federal service include working with the Departments of Justice and of Homeland Security.

She is currently the branch chief for force optimization and training for the U.S. Coast Guard Maintenance Logistics Command Pacific.

 
Command Sgt. Maj. Roberta L.
Santiago, USAR, Ret.

Roberta served with distinction at every leadership level within the Association of the United States Army.

She served as the chairperson of AUSA’s National Resolutions Committee – the first noncommissioned officer to lead this committee that establishes the Association’s legislative goals.

She is currently the 6th Region vice president for noncommissioned officer and soldier programs, and is the treasurer for AUSA’s William Dean Chapter.

Roberta is the 2003 recipient of the Association’s Sergeant Major William G. Bainbridge Award for Distinguished Service. 

In 2007, she was appointed to the Defense Advisory Committee for Women in the Service. (DACOWITS).

Roberta is one of America’s best and brightest, and is but one of the many NCO Faces of AUSA.


Sgt. Maj. of the Army Richard A. Kidd, USA, Ret.

Richard Kidd enlisted in the Army in 1962 and was trained as a radio maintenance specialist.

His distinguished 33 year military career included two combat tours in Vietnam and multiple tours in Korea and Europe.

His outstanding duty performance during his selfless service to the United States Army was rewarded with assignments of increased importance and responsibility culminating in his selection as the 9th sergeant major of the Army on July 20, 1991.

Before becoming the sergeant major of the Army, he served as the command sergeant major, First Corps and Fort Lewis, Wash.

 
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Richard A. Kidd, USA, Ret.

 Among his many key assignments, he was the commandant, 1st Armored Division, NCO Academy, Katterbach, Germany, and the command sergeant major, 9th Infantry Division (Motorized), Fort Lewis.

Since military retirement, Kidd continues to serve the military community as vice president, GFR Sales Management/Military for GEICO.

He has received numerous awards including the Outstanding Civilian Service Award, the Association of the U.S. Army Sergeant Major of the Army William G. Bainbridge Medal for distinguished service to the NCO Corps, and the Doughboy Award for outstanding contributions to the United States Infantry.

He is a strong supporter and life member of the Association of the U.S. Army and is a former member of AUSA’s Council of Trustees.

Richard A. Kidd is one of our best and brightest, and is but one of the many NCO Faces of AUSA.


Command Sgt. Maj. Larry H. Smith,
USA, Ret.

Larry Smith began his military service in June 1960.

Over the next 34 years he held virtually every enlisted leadership position.  He was deployed overseas for 25 years, served as a first sergeant for eleven years and was a command sergeant major at battalion, brigade, division and community levels.

His selfless service to the United States Army includes a combat tour in Vietnam and an assignment as the command sergeant major, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

His commitment to soldiers and the country did not end with his retirement from active duty.

He served with distinction as the president of AUSA’s Henry Leavenworth Chapter and as the executive vice president for enlisted affairs for the Fifth AUSA Region.

 

Command Sgt. Maj. Larry H. Smith, USA, Ret.

He also served as a member of both the Fort Leavenworth Retiree Council and the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Retiree Council.

Larry Smith is a self-effacing leader who has a positive impact on all who know him.

He is the consummate go-to guy.

And this year, the Year of the NCO, Larry Smith was inducted into the Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame.

He is only the third NCO to be so honored in the hall’s 40-plus years of existence.

Larry Smith is and has been a leader, mentor and role model for soldiers past, present and future and for the Fort Leavenworth community.

He exemplifies the type of soldier-citizen to which we all aspire, and he is but one of the many NCO Faces of AUSA.


Sgt. Maj. Todd B. Hunter, USA, Ret.

Todd Hunter enlisted in the United States Army in 1983 and after his initial entry training began so did his distinguished military career as an infantryman.

Throughout his 22 years of selfless service to the nation and the United States Army, he held a variety of important assignments including first sergeant, operations sergeant major and (acting) Regimental Command Sergeant Major of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (the Old Guard), Fort Myer, Va.

Todd now works in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Environment (Installations and Housing) as a program manager for the Capital Ventures Directorate. 

In this position, he recently testified before a Congressional committee in support of programs for soldiers and their families.

 
Sgt. Maj. Todd B. Hunter, USA, Ret.

Todd is a staunch advocate for soldiers and soldier families in the Washington, D.C., area.

He is also a strong supporter and life member of the Association of the U.S. Army, serving on the AUSA National Awards Committee. He was an active member and vice president of the Association’s George Washington Chapter.

He is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy and is a member of the Sergeant Morales Club and the Audie Murphy Club.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from National Louis University.

Sgt. Maj. Todd B. Hunter, USA, Ret., is an important member of the greater Washington area community and the Association of the U.S. Army at both the chapter and national levels.

He is a team builder who is committed, dedicated and focused on mission accomplishment – and is but one of the many NCO Faces of AUSA.


Command Sgt. Maj. Steven R. England, USA, Ret.

Steve England enlisted in 1971 and started his adventure with America’s Army as an airborne infantryman.

Fifteen years of his 33-year career were spent in and around the 75th Ranger Regiment.

This included a combat jump into Panama as part of the initial assault force.

His combat service also includes the first Gulf War (Desert Shield Task Force), and the Global War on Terrorism with tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Steve’s assignments include: commandant of the Fort Bragg NCO Academy and command sergeant major of the 82nd Airborne Division.

 
Command Sgt. Maj. Steven R. England, USA, Ret.

His last active duty assignment was command sergeant major of XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Since Steve’s retirement from active duty, he has continued to serve soldiers.

He is now deputy director, Directorate of Plans, Training, and Mobilization, Office of the Garrison Command, Fort Bragg.

Steve is AUSA’s Braxton Bragg Chapter vice president for NCO and soldier programs.

He plays a key role in the success of the chapter important programs and projects that benefit both the military and civilian communities.

He is active in supporting the chapter’s annual EXPO and Symposium as well as the Braxton Bragg’s soldier awards breakfast.

Command Sgt. Maj. Steven R. England, USA, Ret., is a true professional and is the epitome of a great noncommissioned officer.

He is a role model and mentor for countless soldiers and family members at Fort Bragg – and he is but one of the NCO Faces of AUSA.