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5th Recruiting Brigade Command Sergeant Major

Command Sgt. Maj. Craig L. Russell


CSM Russell is a native of North Providence, Rhode Island and enlisted in the Army in July 1994.


He attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.


CSM Russell has served as a Squad Leader, Center Leader, Assistant Inspector General, First Sergeant, and Battalion Command Sergeant Major.  His previous assignments include 3/325 and 4/325th Airborne Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Division Fort Bragg, North Carolina and 43rd Area Support Group Fort Carson, Colorado.  Since entering into recruiting in 2001, his assignments include the Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion 3rd Brigade, USAREC Headquarters Fort Knox Kentucky, Tampa Recruiting Battalion 2nd Brigade, and Phoenix Recruiting Battalion 5th Brigade.  While assigned to 3rd Recruiting Brigade, he was recognized as the 3rd Recruiting Brigade New Recruiter of the Year, NCO of the Year, Center Leader of the Year, and First Sergeant of the Year. He is currently assigned as the 5th Recruiting Brigade Command Sergeant Major.


CSM Russell’s military education includes Airborne School, Air Assault School, Basic Leader Course, Advance Leader Course (Distinguished Honor Graduate and Distinguished Leadership Award), Army Equal Opportunity Leader Course, Army Recruiter Course, Center Leader Course, Senior Leader Course (Distinguished Honor Graduate and Distinguished Leadership Award), Master Leader Course (commandant’s list), Inspector General Course, Master Resilience Trainer Course, and United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.


CSM Russell’s civilian education includes an Associate of General Studies from Pikes Peak Community College, Bachelor of Science, Graduate Certificate in Quality Management and Six Sigma Black Belt, and a Masters of Business Administration from Trident University.


CSM Russell’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal 6th award, Army Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Army Superior Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal 7th award, National Defense Service Medal 2nd award, Global War on Terrorism, Humanitarian Service Medal, the Gold Recruiter Badge with three sapphires, the Recruiter Ring, the Glen E. Morrell Award, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, British Army Parachutist Badge, German Armed Forced Efficiency Badge (Silver).  He is also a Sergeant Audie Murphy inductee.


CSM Russell is married to the former Cristy Schrier of Ohio.  They have three children Justin, Hailey, and Ashton.