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 Command Sergeant Major Sammy G. Herron was born June 17, 1954 in Kingsport, Tenn. He enlisted in the United States Virginia Army National Guard in 1972 and began his career with the 1030th Engineer Battalion.


 Upon completion of his enlistment with the Army National Guard, Herron went to the active duty Army where he served from 1975 to 1977 with the 814th Engineer Battalion (Float Bridge), 130th Brigade, in Hanau, Germany.

In April 1982, Herron returned to the Virginia Army National Guard with the 1030th Battalion earning his noncommissioned officer stripes in 1984. In 1985, he was assigned to the 29th Infantry Division (Light) and served in numerous NCO leadership positions. From 1993 to 1995 he was the first sergeant for the 229th Engineer Battalion and in 1995 was promoted to sergeant major and reassigned to the 176th Engineer Group (now the 28th Engineer Brigade). 


In April of 1999, the now command sergeant major served as the Regional Training Institute command sergeant major/commandant.  Later, Heron returned to the 229th as the battalion CSM before becoming the 29th ID (L) command sergeant major.


In addition to serving in all NCO leadership positions, he also is the recipient of the Air Assault Badge. His military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (two oak leafs), Army Achievement Medal (five oak leafs), National Defense Service Medal, NCO Development Ribbon with a 4 device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Virginia Commendation Medal and the Virginia Legion of Merit.


His wife is Army National Guard Maj. (Ret.) Cindy L. Herron.  They have five children and six grandchildren.