October’s Veteran Of The Month: Command Sgt. Major Edward S. Mills
Command Sergeant Major Edward S. Mills has been a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard for over 26 years. He enlisted into the military in July of 1985 after graduating from Mankato State University where he earned two degrees; a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an Associate of Arts in Accounting. He is currently finishing up his Masters in Management at Colorado Tech University. Since March of 1989, he has worked full time for the Minnesota Army National Guard.
CSM Mills is a member of multiple professional organizations to include the Association of the U.S. Army, United States Armor Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, MN National Guard Enlisted Association, the American Legion, and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States.
Throughout his military career, CSM Mills has attended many military education schools, some of which include the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, the M1A1 Master Gunner Course and ANCOC; which were both held at the United States Army Armor Center, BNCOC at Fort McCoy, WI, PLDC at Fort Campbell, KY, MCOFT Senior Instructor/Operator Course, the Tank Commanders Course for the M1A1/M60A3 and most recently Keystone Course at National Defense University in Washington, DC.
Over the past 26 years, CSM Mills has held duty assignments at various organizations throughout the state. He has served as an infantryman, tank commander, scout squad leader, armor platoon sergeant, infantry platoon sergeant, assistant operations sergeant, first sergeant, battalion operations sergeant, and a battalion master gunner. He was also the Command Sergeant Major for 1-194 before his tenure with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division. While with the 1st BCT, he served as the Brigade Operations Sergeant Major on a 22-month long mobilization, serving 16 of the 22 months in Iraq.
CSM Mills’ decorations and awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal – 2nd Award, Army Commendation Medal – 4th Award, the Army Achievement Medal – 4th Award, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon with number 4, Iraq Campaign Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with ‘M’ Device, Army Good Conduct Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon with 1 star, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, MN State Active Duty Ribbon 5th Award, MN Good Conduct Ribbon, MN Service Ribbon with XX Device, Armor Draper Award for Excellence in Leadership, and the Order of Saint George for Excellence in Armor.