Command Sergeant Major Derek R. Cuvellier
Command Sgt. Maj. Derek Cuvellier entered active duty with the Corps of the Engineers in August 1988. He was assigned to E Company, 31st Engineer Battalion, 132nd Engineer Brigade, at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he completed Combat Engineer One Station Unit Training. Upon completion of OSUT, he volunteered for Basic Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia.
After Airborne School he completed many tours of duty including at Fort Carson, Colorado, with B Co., 4th Engineer Bn., as a combat driver from January 1989 through July 1990; in South Korea with B Co., 2nd Engineer Bn., from July 1990 through October 1991; at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, with B Co., 39th Engineer Bn., from November 1991 through September 1992 as a combat engineer; in Panama for 22 months with the 59th Engineer Co. from October 1992 to August 1994, serving as a combat engineer, team leader and squad leader; at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with C Co., 27th Engineer Bn., as a squad leader from August 1994 through Sept. 1996; at Fort Polk, Louisiana, with the Joint Readiness Training Center as an engineer squad observer/controller from September 1996 through November 1998; at Fort Lewis, Washington, with C Co., 168th Engineer Bn., as a platoon sergeant from November 1998 through September 2000; at Fort Lewis with the 18th Engineer Co. as a platoon sergeant from September 2000 through May 2003; and in Hanau, Germany, with the 502nd Engineer Co.
While assigned Cuvellier completed two combat tours to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and as the company first sergeant from July 2004 through July 2008. He was assigned to Fort Bliss, Texas, as a student at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 59. Upon graduation from the USASMA, Command Sgt. Maj. Derek Cuvellier was assigned to Fort Leonard Wood to the 35th Engineer Bn., 1st Engineer Bde., where he served as the battalion command sergeant major from September 2009 to May 2012. Cuvellier’s next assignment was as the command sergeant major of the 6th Engineer Bn. (Combat) (Airborne), at Fort Richardson, Alaska, from June 2012 to March 2014. Before his tenure as command sergeant major of USAG Ansbach, Cuvellier served as the command sergeant major of the 91st Engineer Bn., 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas, from March 2014 to February 2015.
Cuvellier’s military schools include Basic Airborne School in 1988, Warrior Leader Course in 1991, Transport HAZ/MAT in 1993, Jungle Operations Training Course in 1993, Sapper Leader Course in 1993, Air Assault in 1993, Ranger Course in 1994, Advanced Leaders Course in 1995, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course in 1996, Senior Leader Course in 1999, Force XXI Battle Command in 2000, First Sergeant Course in 2004 and the United States Army Sergeant Major Course, Class 59.
Cuvellier’s Military Awards and Decorations include: Bronze Star (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (6OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), Army Achievement Medal (8th Award), Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), National Defense Service Ribbon (with Bronze Star), Iraq Campaign Medal (with Campaign Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service ribbon (Numeral 5), Sapper Tab, Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, Airborne Badge, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Bronze Order of the DeFluery.
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