CSM Shirley
CSM Jason Schmidt
CSM Shirley
CSM Todd J. Shirley
Deputy Commandant
CSM Shirley
Mr. Jesse W. McKinney
Chief of Staff


Command Sergeant Major Jason Schmidt

Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Schmidt assumed the duties as the 23rd Commandant, and fifth Enlisted Commandant, of the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence and the Sergeants Major Academy on June 22, 2020. He enlisted in the Army in 1993 attending one station unit training (OSUT) at Fort Knox, Kentucky where he was awarded the MOS 19D, Cavalry Scout.

CSM Schmidt's previous assignments include: Gunner/Cavalry Scout, G-Troop 2nd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment Fort Polk, Louisiana; Sheridan Crewman/Squad leader D-Troop, 1st Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment Fort Polk, Louisiana; Bradley Gunner/Commander A-Troop, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Camp Gary Owen, Korea; Section Sergeant 2/11 Scout Platoon, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin, California; Platoon Sergeant A-Troop, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Joint Readiness Training Center, Observer Controller (JRTC), Armor/MECH Team, Fort Polk, Louisiana; First Sergeant HHT, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry (Airborne), Fort Richardson, Alaska; First Sergeant B-Troop, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry (Airborne), Fort Richardson, Alaska; Senior Career Advisor Armor Branch. Human Resources Command, Alexandria, Virginia; Operations Sergeant Major, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; CSM for the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; CSM United States Army Garrison, Fort Riley, Kansas; CSM United States Army Operational Test Command, Fort Hood, Texas; CSM for Installation Management Command – Pacific Region, Fort Shafter, Hawaii; and CSM Eighth Army, Korea.

CSM Schmidt's military and civilian education includes all levels of NCO Professional Development System and is a graduate of the Sergeants Major Course, Class 60. He is also a graduate of the Basic Airborne school, Air Assault school, SERE school (High Risk), Scout Leaders course, Advanced Airborne school (Jumpmaster), Pathfinder course, Joint Fire Power Controller course, Battle Staff course, Northern Warfare course, Battalion and Brigade Pre-Command Courses, Garrison PCC and the CSM/SGM Force Management Course. He is a graduate of the Strategic Broadening Seminar (SBS 2015) in National Security Studies from the University of Louisville. CSM Schmidt holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University.

CSM Schmidt's awards and decorations include: the Legion of Merit (3OLC), Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (6 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (5OLC), Korean Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (2-CS), Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, and the United Nations Mission In Haiti Medal. He has also earned the Combat Action Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (GOLD), Australian Parachutist Badge, Ukrainian Parachutist Badge, and the Canadian Parachutist Badge. He is a Knight in the Order of Saint George (Bronze and Silver Medallion), inducted into the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, Legionnaire in the Order of Saint Maurice, member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, member of the Excellence in Armor Program, recipient of the Draper Armor Leadership Award, and was inducted as a distinguished member of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He has earned his Silver and Gold combat spurs.

CSM Schmidt is married and has two daughters.

CSM Todd J. Shirley

Command Sgt. Maj. Todd J. Shirley assumed responsibility as Deputy Commandant, NCO Leadership Center of Excellence and Sergeants Major Academy in August 2020.

CSM Shirley enlisted in the United States Army on Oct. 1, 1991. He attended Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

His previous assignments include: G-1 Sergeant Major, Headquarters United States Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Command Sergeant Major of United States Army Garrison – Kwajalein Atoll; Republic Marshall Islands, 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Adjutant General School and Regimental CSM, J1 Sergeant Major, United States Forces -- Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan; G1 Sergeant Major, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; G1 Sergeant Major, United States Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Operations and Human Resources Noncommissioned Officer, United States Army Aviation Support Activity, Fort Eustis, Virginia, Command Group Administrative Noncommissioned Officer, 1st Personnel Command, Heidelberg, Germany; Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence Administrative Noncommissioned Officer, Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Virginia; Administrative Noncommissioned Officer, 4th Personnel Services Battalion, Fort Carson, Colorado; Administrative Clerk, 226th Medical Battalion, Pirmasens, Germany.

His military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course; Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course; Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course; Basic Airborne Course; Air Assault Course; Survive, Evade, Resist, Escape (SERE) Course; Sergeants Major Course (Non-Resident Course Class 36), Sergeants Major Force Management Course, Battalion and Brigade Pre-Command Courses and the Executive Leader Course.

His Civilian education includes a Master's Degree in Teaching and Instruction from Trident International University, a Bachelor's Degree in History from American Military University and an Associate's Degree from Connors State College.

His awards and decorations include: the Legion of Merit (2 OLC), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (5 OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (w/3 bronze stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (w/2 bronze stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (9th Award), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (w/Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (w/Numeral 2), North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Air Force Basic Training Ribbon, Army Superior Unit Award, Combat Action Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, German Sch├╝tzenschnur (Gold), German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge (Silver), German Parachutist Badge, Chilean Parachutist Badge and Drivers Badge. He is a recipient of the Adjutant General's Corps Achievement Medal, Adjutant General's Corps Order of Horatio Gates Bronze and Gold Medals.

Mr. Jesse W. McKinney

Sgt. Maj. Jesse W. McKinney, U.S. Army Retired, entered the Army in January 1980 as an Electronic Warfare Signal Interpreter, German Translator (MOS 98G). Upon graduation from the Defense Language Institute, he was reclassified as an Administrative Specialist/German Linguist and attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and remained there for his first permanent party assignment.

His subsequent assignments include Emergency Action Procedures (EAP) Trainer, 552d Artillery Group, Germany; Senior Drill Sergeant (BCT and AIT), Fort Jackson, South Carolina; NCOIC, Secretary of the General Staff, 3rd Corps Support Command, Wiesbaden, Germany; AIT First Sergeant and S3 NCOIC, 369th Adjutant General Battalion, Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Sergeant Major, Secretary of the General Staff, 21st Theater Support Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany, Faculty Advisor for the Sergeants Major Course, US Army Sergeants Major Academy, and culminating as the Director, School Secretariat for the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. After his retirement in 2005, Sgt. Maj. McKinney was selected to stay on at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy as the Director, Human Resources and ultimately ascending to the position of Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, his current position today.

Sgt. Maj. McKinney’s military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Drill Sergeant Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, First Sergeant Course, and the Sergeants Major Course (Class 50). He has an Associate in Liberal Arts Degree with Honors from City Colleges of Chicago, a Bachelor of Science Degree (Cum Laude) from Excelsior College, and a dual Masters Degree with Graduation Honors in Management & Leadership and Human Resource Development from Webster University.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award), Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), National Defense Service Medal (w/1st Service Star), NCODP Ribbon (w/Numeral 4), Overseas Service Ribbon (w/Numeral 3), Silver German Schuetzenschnur Marksmanship Badge (w/Lanyard), Expert Weapons Qualification Badge ( M16 & 9mm), and the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge.

Mr. McKinney is married to his lovely bride Ana Maria. They are the proud parents of four adult children.