Robert V. Abernethy Biography

About Robert V. Abernethy

  • Senior Enlisted Leader, U.S. European Command

Robert V. Abernethy Biography

Name Robert V. Abernethy
Title Command Sergeant Major
Date of Birth July 22, 1967
Hometown El Paso, Texas
Military Service 36 years
Commands Held
Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Europe, and Africa; Army Special Operations Forces proponent sergeant major, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School; operations sergeant major and company sergeant major, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne); Team sergeant, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne); and team sergeant, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Operation Enduring Freedom (Philippines); Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)
Awards and Honors
Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 oak leaf clusters); Army Commendation Medal (with 3 oak leaf clusters); Army Achievement Medal (with 2 oak leaf clusters); and the Combat Infantryman Badge
Other Self-proclaimed military brat; father of two

The 82,000 joint service personnel dispersed throughout 400 bases and facilities in a 51-country domain are led by the Senior Enlisted Leader for United States European Command, who also counsels the commander on enlisted matters.

The Senior Enlisted Leader serves as a mentor for senior enlisted in the European footprint, including U.S. service components, partner nations within NATO, and Partnership-for-Peace countries, and promotes enlisted professional development through training and education in order to build partner nations’ capacity and improve interoperability.

On June 7, 2022, Command Sgt. Maj. Robert V. Abernethy took over as Command Senior Enlisted Leader for U.S. European Command. He enlisted in the American Army on July 22, 1987, and in November of that same year received his infantryman’s degree.

Abernethy served in a variety of positions throughout his career, including infantry rifleman with the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), communication sergeant with the signal detachment of the 1st Battalion 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), U.S. Army recruiter with the Jackson Recruiting Battalion in Mississippi, and communication sergeant and intelligence sergeant with the 2nd Battalion 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne).

Additionally, Abernethy served as team sergeant for the 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), where he deployed supporting Operation Enduring Freedom (Philippines) on several rotations, as well as the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), where he deployed supporting Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). His prior posts include proponent sergeant major for Army Special Operations Forces at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School and operations and company sergeant majors with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).

Abernethy also held the position of command sergeant major at Fort Campbell, Kentucky’s 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and Fort Bragg, North Carolina’s 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). His most recent position was command sergeant major for the U.S. Army in Europe and Africa. The following courses make up Abernethy’s military education and training: the U.S. Army Pre-Command Course, the U.S. Army Sergeant Major Academy, the Special Forces Qualification Course, the Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer’s Course, the Basic Non-Commissioned Officer’s Course, the Warrior Leader’s Course, the Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis and Exploitation Techniques Course, the Advanced Special Operations Techniques Course, the Combat Diving Supervisor

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