Command Sergeant Major James L. Bryant is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 1998 and attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, followed by Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia, where he graduated as a Signal Support System Specialist.
CSM Bryant has served in every leadership position from team leader to command sergeant major. His U.S. tours have included Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Stewart, Georgia; Fort Knox, Kentucky; Fort Drum, New York; and Fort Bliss, Texas. He also has deployed to the Republic of Korea, Kuwait (Operation Southern Watch), Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom I & III), and Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom 10-11 & 13).
CSM Bryant’s military education includes the Combat Life Savers Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Signal Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, Signal Advance Noncommissioned Officers Course, First Sergeants Course, Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) Course, Standard Communications Security Custodian Course, Battle Staff Course, Drill Sergeant School, Combative Level I & II, Basic Instructors Training, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) All-Terrain Vehicle Driver’s Training Course, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course, Master Resilience Training Course, United States Army Sergeants Major Course, Self-Structured Development Courses, Battalion Pre-Commander/Command Sergeants Major Course, and Battalion Command Sergeants Major Development Program Course.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with one silver and one bronze oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal with a bronze clasp and five loops, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two bronze campaign stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with two bronze campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 4, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 3, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation with one oak leaf cluster, and Non-Article 5 NATO Medal-International Security Assistance Force (Afghanistan). He also holds the Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, Driver’s Badge (Track and Wheel), Drill Sergeant Badge, German Armed Forces Military Proficiency Badge (Silver and Gold), Polish Basic Marksmanship Badge, and Order of Saint Maurice (Legionnaire) from the National Infantry Association.
His civilian education includes an Associate Degree in General Studies through Central Texas Community College, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management & Economics through Empire State College.