2007 - CSM William Pewther 


The Sergeant Major of the Army William G. Bainbridge Medal for exceptional service to the Noncommissioned Officer Corps was awarded to Command Sergeant Major William R. Pewther, United States Army, Retired.

Sergeant Major Pewther’s 56-year career with America’s Army began in 1951 with his deployment to Korea as a combat soldier and continues today with his steadfast commitment to the Army, the NCO Corps, our soldiers and their families.

As an enlisted soldier, Sergeant Major Pewther answered the “Call to Duty” by serving in key noncommissioned officer positions in the active Army, the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard, where he was promoted to command sergeant major in October 1969.  

Returning to active status in 1976, he filled an indispensable role as the Ohio National Guard Recruiter Supervisor while continuing to serve as the Command Sergeant Major of the 147th Infantry Battalion. 

In the early 1980s, Sergeant Major Pewther organized and managed the Ohio National Guard Retention Program.

Following his retirement from active status in July 1989, he served in the Ohio Military Reserves. Recalled to active duty during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, he worked tirelessly with all branches of service in the mobilization process.

As a former President and now Vice President for NCO and Enlisted Affairs for AUSA’s Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter, Sergeant Major Pewther provides inspirational leadership and devotion to NCOs, soldiers and their families. His integrity, unparalleled professional competence and selfless commitment to America’s Army are evident today as he advances AUSA’s goals—“Voice for the Army – Support for the Soldier.”

In grateful recognition of his dedication to duty and his many contributions to our Total Army, the Association of the United States Army proudly presented the Sergeant Major of the Army William G. Bainbridge Medal to Command Sergeant Major William R. Pewther on the eighth day of October two thousand seven.