Command Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Dare, Jr.
U.S. Army, Pacific
Command Sergeant Major Robert A. Dare, Jr. was born in Lansing, Michigan. He entered the Army in June 1968 after graduating from high school. He served in numerous assignments, including tours with the 24th Infantry Division at Fort Riley and Fort Stewart; the 23rd Infantry Division (Americal), Republic of Vietnam; the 82nd Airborne Division; 25th Infantry Division; and the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea.
CSM Dare served as a Drill Sergeant from 1974 to 1978 at Fort Ord, California and Fort Gordon, Georgia. He served as the First Sergeant of Company A, the Commander-in-Chief's Guard, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment ('the Old Guard"), Fort McNair, Washington, DC, from April 1983 through June 1986. He served as an instructor at the Operations and Intelligence Course, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas from January 1987 through December 1987. CSM Dare served as Command Sergeant Major of Special Troops Battalion, 3rd COSCOM, Wiesbaden, Germany from January 1988 through June 1989. He then served as Command Sergeant Major, 5th Battalion (Mechanized), 8th Infantry Division, Mainz, Germany from June 1989 until February 1991. In February 1991, CSM Dare became the Command Sergeant Major of 2nd Brigade, 8th Infantry Division. In January 1992, he assumed duties as the Command Sergeant Major of 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division in Baumholder, Germany. In September 1992 CSM Dare became the Command Sergeant Major of the 25th Infantry Division and U.S. Army, Hawaii at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Command Sergeant Major Dare assumed duties of Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC) on 1 February 1994. He left USARPAC in June 1995 and became Command Sergeant Major of U.S. Army, Forces Command.
Command Sergeant Major Dare has a liberal arts degree from St. Leo College and is a graduate of the 25th Infantry Division NCO Academy, Airborne School, Infantry Advanced NCO Course and Class 28 of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy.
CSM Dare's awards and decorations include: Combat Infantryman Badge, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters) and Army Commendation (7 Oak Leaf Clusters).
USARPAC postures and prepares the force for unified land operations, responds to threats, sustains and protects the force, and builds military relationships that develop partner defense capacity in order to contribute to a stable and secure U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.
"We will remain dedicated that your Army in the Pacific is prepared with the right training, the right equipment and the preservation of the nation's greatest resource -- our sons and daughters and their families."
Francis J. Wiercinski