CSM John C. Black is from Albany, GA. He enlisted in the Army on August 20, 1998, completing Initial Entry Training and earning the MOS of 13M (Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember).

CSM Black’s assignments include MLRS Driver and Gunner, C Battery, 5th BN, 3rd FA, Fort Sill, OK; Section Chief, B Battery, 6th BN, 37th FA, South Korea; Section Chief, B Battery, 1st BN, 39th FA, Fort Stewart, GA; Drill Sergeant, A Battery, 2nd BN, 80th FA, Fort Sill, OK; Senior Drill Sergeant, HHB, 1st BN, 78th FA, Fort Sill, OK; Platoon Sergeant, C Battery, 1st BN, 94th FA, Germany; Fire Support NCO, MTT 4130, FOB Edge, Iraq; Military Science Instructor, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN; 1SG, F CO (FSC), 701st BSB, Fort Riley, KS; 1SG, A Battery 2nd BN, 32nd FA, Fort Riley, KS; 1SG, HHC, 2nd BN, 16th IN, Fort Riley, KS; OPS SGM, 17th FA BDE and CSM, 5th BN, 3rd FA, JBLM, WA. His deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 1-2, JTF- East 2007, OIF 5-6, Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) 12-13, OEF-Horn of Africa 14-15, Operation Inherent Resolve, and OEF- Spartan Shield.

CSM Black’s military education include all levels of the NCOPDS culminating with the Sergeants Major Academy (Class 66), Drill Sergeant School, Field Artillery Master Gunner Course, Military Transition Team Course, Unit Movement Officer Course, Equal Opportunity Course, Military History Instructor Course, Master Resiliency Trainer Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, Airborne School, and Air Assault School. His civilian education includes a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso and a bachelor’s degree in History from Thomas Edison State University.

CSM Black’s awards and decorations are the Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (7 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (8 OLC), Good Conduct Medal (7th award); National Defense Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 BSS), Iraqi Campaign Medal (4 BSS), Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal (1 BSS), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCOPD Ribbon (Numeral 5), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (numeral 6), NATO Medal (ISAF), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Driver-W and Driver-T Badge, and the German Schützenschnur (Bronze). He is a recipient of Order of Saint Barbara and the Order of Saint Maurice (Centurion). He is a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and the Sergeant Morales Club.

CSM Black has four children.