Command Sgt. Maj. Donald P. Graves is a native of Bowling Green, Kentucky and enlisted in the Army on November 16, 2000. He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia as a 25Q multichannel radio systems operator.
Graves’ duty positions have included video teleconference operator, small extension node team chief, section sergeant, platoon sergeant, operations sergeant, recruiter, station commander, first sergeant, division chief, and department sergeant major.
He has completed all NCOPDS required courses to include being a graduate of the Sergeants Major Course. He has a bachelor's degree in business and a master’s degree in human resources and organizational development from the University of Louisville.
Graves’ awards and decorations include four Meritorious Service Medals, six Army Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal, 14 Army Achievement Medals, seven Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Air Assault Badge, Drivers Badge, Gold Recruiter Badge, Basic Army Instructor Badge, Recruiter Ring, Glen E. Morrell Medallion, Recruiting Excellence Medallion, and the Sergeant Audie Murphy Medallion.