2008 Bainbridge Award Recipient 


Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmie W. Spencer, USA, Ret.
Director, Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier Programs

Command Sgt. Maj. Mark C. Avery, USA, Ret., is the 2008 recipient of the Sgt. Maj. of the Army William Bainbridge Noncommissioned Officer Distinguished Service Award.

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

The Bainbridge Medal is awarded annually to a noncommissioned officer – active, reserve component or retired – contributing the most to the U.S. Army noncommissioned officer corps.

Avery will receive his award at the opening ceremony, Monday, Oct. 6, during this year’s Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Mark Avery was born in Otsu, Japan, in an Army family and was raised in Abington, Mass. After graduating from Abington High School, he joined the U.S. Army in 1974.

During Avery’s 29 years of selfless service to the nation and the United States Army, he held every noncommissioned officer leadership position from team leader to command sergeant major. He served in a wide variety of key assignments with distinction and dedication.

As a senior noncommissioned officer, he served as company commander, Company B, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas; Command Sergeant Major, 69th Air Defense Artillery, Brigade, Germany; Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army European Command, Joint Task Force Germany and Operation Noble Endeavor-Israel and Operation Noble Safe Guard, Turkey.

Avery also served as commandant of the NCO Academy, and as Command Sergeant Major of the 2nd Battalion, 6th Artillery Brigade, both located at For Bliss.

His last duty assignment was as command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery Center and Fort Bliss.

He is a graduate of the Sergeants Major Academy and has earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Excelsior College.

His service to the nation and the El Paso community did not end with his retirement from active duty.

He served two terms as president of AUSA’s General of the Army Omar N. Bradley Chapter and now serves as the chapter’s executive vice president and vice president for awards and soldier programs.

In 2007, Avery was selected to serve on AUSA’s National Resolutions Committee, where he helped develop the Association’s platform on future weapon systems – ensuring that our soldiers are the best armed and equipped warriors in the world.

Avery is a former chairman of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Armed Forces Committee. He is currently chairman of the chamber’s Board of Directors.

He is also a board member of the Fort Bliss Military Child Education Coalition and board member of the Permian Basin Brant Foundation for Spouses and Children of Military Deployed Soldiers.

He is married to the former Celia Galvez of El Paso. They have four daughters: Amber, Jennifer, Kimberly and Angela.

CSM Mark Avery is the epitome of a noncommissioned officer.

He is a leader, teacher and role model for soldiers, and his extensive involvement in the civilian community has helped make Fort Bliss and El Paso better places to serve and live.

So mark your calendar for the 2008 AUSA Annual Meeting Opening Ceremony, Oct. 6. And be on hand as we honor this great noncommissioned officer.

Still Serving!