Command Sergeant Major Erick R. Macher hails from Fairfield, California enlisting in the United States Army as a Field Artillery Soldier (Military Occupational Specialty 13B). He conducted Basic Combat Training and One Station Unit Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

CSM Macher has held a variety of leadership positions from Brigade CSM, Battalion CSM, Combined Task Force CSM, Operations Sergeant Major, First Sergeant, Military Science Instructor, Platoon Sergeant, Gunnery Sergeant and Howitzer Section Chief.

His previous assignments include 210th Field Artillery Brigade, Camp Casey, Korea; 2nd Battalion, 77Th Field Artillery, Fort Carson, CO; 2nd Battalion 5th Field Artillery, Fort Sill, OK; 3rd Battalion,16th Field Artillery, Fort Carson, CO; 1st Battalion 15th Field Artillery, Camp Hovey, Korea; University of Davis California, Cadet Command; 1st Battalion 7th Field Artillery, Schweinfurt, Germany; 1st Battalion 17th Field Artillery, Fort Sill, OK; 5th Battalion, 41st Field Artillery, Germany; and 3rd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery, Fort Bragg.

His operational deployments include tours in Afghanistan in support of OEF, Iraq in support of OIF, Kosovo, and Bosnia.

CSM Macher’s military and civilian education include the United States Army Sergeants Major Course, Senior Leader Course (Distinguished Honor Graduate), Advanced Leader Course, and Basic Leader Course. CSM Macher holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Excelsior College.

CSM Macher’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC), the Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (1 Silver OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 Silver OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 Silver OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (9th Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan and Iraqi Campaign Medals, Korean Defense Service Medal, NATO Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.

CSM Macher is a recipient of the Ancient Order of Saint Barbara and the Major General Aubrey “Red” Newman Leadership Award. He is a member of the Sergeant Morales Club. He was selected as the United States Army Europe, and 1st Infantry Division NCO of the Year in 2002 and NCO of the Year for Cadet Command in 2006. He led his Howitzer section in winning the Division Artillery Top Gun Competition in 2002 for the 1st Infantry Division.

CSM Macher is married to the former Melitta Gahl, and they have two children; Gabriel and Isabel.