Command Sgt. Major LeVares J. Jackson Sr. is from Lima. He attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, on Aug. 18, 1995.
His military and civilian education include all Non-Commissioned Officers Education System, culminating with the Class 66 of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy; Air Assault Course; Equal Opportunity Leader Course; Master Resilience Trainer; Drill Sergeant School; Technical Transportation Of Hazardous Materials Course; Stryker Certification Course; Master Driver Training Course; Capabilities Combat Development, How the Army Runs Course (Army Force Management School); and the Capabilities and Development Course. Jackson also has an associate’s degree in science and liberal arts from Excelsior College.
Jackson has served as a tank driver, loader, gunner, tank commander, tank platoon sergeant, drill sergeant, observer controller trainer, company and troop first sergeant, squadron command sergeant major, and currently an armored brigade combat team command sergeant major.
His previous assignment locations include 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia; 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Korea; 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Iraq; TRADOC, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Observer Controller Trainer and Operations Noncommissioned Officer, Fort Irwin, California; 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia; 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado; Afghanistan, 1ST Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas, Poland.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC & C Device), Army Achievement Medal (7 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (8 Notches), National Defense Service Medal (BZS), Iraq Campaign Medal (1 CS), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 5), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (numeral 3), the Non-Article 5 NATO Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Valorous Unit Award, the Army Superior Unit Award, Drill Sergeant Badge, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Driver’s Badge with Wheel. Command Sergeant Major Jackson is also a member of the Order of Saint George, Order of Saint Maurice and Order of Saint Barber.
He is married to the former Katina Bagley, of Lima, and has two sons; LeVares Jr., 26, and DeMarius, 24, and one daughter, Kiana, 21.