Command Sergeant Major William T. Mixon, United States Army Retired is the 2006 recipient of the Sergeant Major of the Army William G. Bainbridge Medal for Exceptional Service to the Noncommissioned Officer Corps.
The Sergeant Major of the Army William G. Bainbridge Medal is awarded annually by the Association of the United States Army in grateful recognition of selfless service, dedication, and contributions to the Nation, the United States Army, and the Noncommissioned Officers Corps to a deserving Soldier Active, Reserve component, or retired. And Command Sergeant Major Mixon is far and away this year’s most deserving Soldier. He is the epitome of an American Soldier whose inspirational leadership and devotion to duty is an example for Soldiers young and old.
Sergeant Major Mixon was born in Vidalia, Georgia on January 15, 1929 and after completion of high school, he began his life long love affair with the United States Army. He was promoted to the rank of command sergeant major in November of 1966, and is fond of reminding me that he outranks me by twenty years.
Sergeant Major Mixon started his military career at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina with the 5th Infantry Division. After basic training he was assigned to Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
Sergeant Major Mixon’s adventure with America’s Army spanned 5 decades, two wars, and leadership positions of progressively increasing responsibility within the Army. His first combat tour was during the Korean War with the 23d Infantry Division, 1950-1952. He served two combat tours with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, 1966-1967 and 1969-1970. During his second tour with the 101st in Vietnam, he served as the division command sergeant major.
His stateside assignments include serving as the command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Infantry School and Infantry Center at Ft. Benning, Georgia, U.S. Army Alaska, and the XVIII Airborne Corps and Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
Among his many awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal, and the Combat Infantry Badge with star. He has earned the Master Parachutist Badge and the coveted Ranger Tab. In 1997, he was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame. And in June of 2000 he received the Doughboy Award at Ft. Benning, Georgia.
Sergeant Major Mixon’s selfless service to the Nation did not end with retirement from the U.S. Army. He continues to serve in retirement supporting the Army, particularly in the care of Soldiers and their families. A member of AUSA since 1960, and a member of the Braxton Bragg Chapter since 1983, he is a major factor in the success of the chapter and has earned the respect and admiration of all with whom he works and associates.
Sergeant Major Mixon has served as the AUSA state president, advisor for the AUSA 3d Region on matters pertaining to the Noncommissioned Officers Corps and is presently Vice President for Individual Membership at the Braxton Bragg Chapter. He is the go-to person at Ft. Bragg, the person you can always count on to get the job done and done right.
Sergeant Major Mixon is also a member of AUSA’s National Council of Trustees (AUSA’s governing body) where his council and leadership help shape the future of AUSA for generations to come.