Command Sgt. Maj. Jackie L. Cunningham
U.S. Army, Pacific

Photo of Command Sgt. Maj. Jackie L. Cunningham

     Command Sergeant Major Jackie L. Cunningham served as the Command Sergeant Major of U.S. Army, Pacific, from 1998 to 2003.

     Command Sergeant Major Cunningham was a native of Lawton, Oklahoma, and he graduated from Lawton High School in 1971. He enlisted in the Regular Army in March 1972, attended Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and completed Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

     As a young Soldier, CSM Cunningham was assigned to 3rd Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany, where he served as Battalion Fire Direction Control Section Chief and Sergeant of the Guard for NATO Site 35. From 1976 to 1979 he served at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, with the 214th Field Artillery Group. In 1979, he was assigned to 1/37th (Arctic) Field Artillery, Fort Richardson, Alaska, where he served as the Battalion’s Chief Computer Operations Sergeant, Retention NCO, and Headquarters and Headquarters Battery First Sergeant. While in Alaska, he was responsible for starting the first Air Assault School which included writing the program of instruction, establishing the site and training the first three classes to serve as cadre for the school.

     In 1983, CSM Cunningham was reassigned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he served as the Senior Instructor at the TACFIRE School for two years. Upon completion of this tour, he moved to Heidelberg, Germany, where he worked for Headquarters, United States Army Europe and 7th Army as the Senior Watch NCO in the Emergency Operations Center. He also served in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations as the Sergeant Major. He was further assigned to V Corps Artillery in Hanau, Germany, as a First Sergeant. In 1989, he returned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to serve as the First Sergeant of the Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Field Artillery Training Center.

     Promoted to Command Sergeant Major on May 11, 1990, CSM Cunningham served as the Battalion Command Sergeant Major for 2-7 Field Artillery (Light) in the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York. In 1992, he was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division, Korea, as the Division Artillery Command Sergeant Major at Camp Stanley, Korea, and he also served as the interim Division Command Sergeant Major for four months. In 1994, he was reassigned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to serve as the Command Sergeant Major for the 17th Field Artillery Brigade, III Corps Artillery. In 1997, CSM Cunningham was selected as the United States Army Alaska Command Sergeant Major. In September 1998, CSM Cunningham was selected to be the Command Sergeant Major of United States Army, Pacific. Following 32 years of active service, he retired from the Army in March 2003.

     After leaving active duty with the Army, CSM Cunningham managed the Pacific Region as the Area manager for both DELL and QUALXSERV Supporting the NMCI contract for the Department of Defense (DoD). He was the Federal Programs Manager for the continental United States, providing Business Solutions to all Federal Agencies and supporting numerous DoD organizations. He served as the project lead and subject matter expert (SME) for advanced Field Artillery education Analysis for the US Army as a senior consultant. He also served as the Lawton/Fort Sill, OK Area Program Manager for AKIMA INTRA-DATA supporting the US Army Fires Center of Excellence (FCoE).

     CSM Cunningham holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management from the Excelsior University and an Associate degree in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the Air Assault School, the Noncommissioned Officer Basic Course, the Noncommissioned Officer Advanced Course, the First Sergeants Course, the Sergeants Major Academy, and the Command Sergeants Major Course.

     His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal 5th award, Army Commendation Medal 5th award, Army Achievement Medal 4th award, Humanitarian Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal 10th award, National Defense Service Medal with star, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 4, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 5, Air Assault Badge, German Schützenshnur (Silver), and the German Physical Fitness Badge (Gold). He has also been inducted into the Ancient Order of Saint Barbara.


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