Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmie W. Spencer

Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmie W. Spencer

CSM Jimmie W. Spencer, a native of Mobile, Alabama, enlisted in the U.S. Army in December 1961.  The following month he began his military career at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. During his thirty-two years of active military service, CSM Jimmie W. Spencer has had a variety of assignments with conventional forces, Special Forces and Ranger Units.

CSM Spencer retired from the United States Army in August of 1993 to assume the position of Director of Noncommissioned Officer & Soldier programs with The Association of the United States Army ( AUSA ).  He retired from AUSA in May of 2013. He currently serves as a Consultant with the Department of Defense commemoration for the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam war Commission and is a senior fellow with AUSA's Institute of Land Warfare.

CSM Spencer is a member of the Board of Advicers of the Army Historical Foundation, the Association of Special Operations Professionals and he is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Armed Forces Retirement Home Foundation, the Armed Forces Services Corporation, and the Army Air Force Mutual Aid Association. He also serves as the executive Vice President for the Braxton Bragg chapter of AUSA.

CSM Spencer is married to the former Susan Turgeon. They have two children, Melissa and Michelle, and five grandchildren.

  • 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY
  • 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) (Airborne) Republic of Vietnam
  • 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC
  • 3rd and 7th Special Forces Groups (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, NC
  • Military Advisory Command, Republic of Vietnam
  • Instructor, Infantry AIT, FT Polk, LA  
  • Special Forces A Detachment with the Berlin Brigade - Team Sergeant
  • Senior ROTC instructor, Wofford Collage, Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Lewis, WA - First Sergeant

As Command Sergeant Major:

  • Florida Ranger Camp, Elgin Air Force Base, FL
  • 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Devens, MA
  • 2nd Engineer Group, Yongsan, Korea
  • 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Korea
  • Combined Field Army (ROK/U.S.), Uijongbu, Korea
  • U. S. Total Army Personnel Command, Alexandria, VA
  • U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, NC

CSM Spencer holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of the State of New York.  In 1968, he completed Special Forces Training at the JFK Special Warfare School.  His other military education courses include the Infantry advance course, jump master, Advanced SCUBA, and Jungle Operations Training Courses.  He is a 1980 graduate of the Sergeants Major Academy.

CSM Spencer is a graduate of both the U.S. Army and Republic of Korea Ranger Schools and the Canadian Airborne School.

Awards and Decorations include:
  • Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Purple Heart
  • Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters
  • Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Air Medal
  • Vietnam Honor Medal
  • Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm
  • Combat and Expert Infantryman, Master Parachutist, SCUBA, Pathfinder, and Jungle Expert badges
  • Ranger and Special Forces Tabs
  • Canadian, Spanish, Ecuadorian and Republic of Korea Parachutist badges
  • The National Infantry Association Order of Saint Maurice in the Rank of Primicerius
  • Inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame (2004)
  • Infantry Doughboy Award  recipient (2009)
  • Inducted into the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Hall of Honor (2010)
  • Special Operations ( Old & Bold ) Mountain Man award (2015)
  • The AUSA Sergeant Major of the Army William Bambridge Distinguished Serve Medal ( 2016 )

CSM Spencer is a life member of the following associations:  The Association of the United States Army ,the Enlisted Association of the National Guard, the Army Historical Foundation, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Association (VFW), the American Legion, the National Infantry Association, the Combat Infantryman Association, the Special Forces Association, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Special Operations Centurion Club, 1st cavalry Division, 2nd Infantry Division, the Association of Special Operations Professionals, the 82d Airborne Division and Ranger Regiment Associations. Additionally, CSM Spencer is a life member and past National President of the U.S. Army Ranger Association.