State Command Sergeant Major & Senior Enlisted Leader

CSM Farrell

State Command Sergeant Major and Senior Enlisted Leader of the Michigan Army National Guard

CSM Farrell was born in Dexter, Michigan and enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 30, 1987.  She served for three years active duty as a Military Police Patrolman at Ft. Bliss, Texas.  CSM Farrell enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve immediately after serving active duty in the 303rd Military Police Company in Jackson, Michigan and served seven years.  She served in numerous leadership positions.  Her assignments include Squad Team Leader, Squad Leader and acting Platoon Sergeant.

CSM Farrell enlisted in the Michigan Army National Guard in March of 1997.  Her assignments include, Small Group Leader BNCOC 2/177th Regimental Training Institute, Public Affairs NCO 126th Press Camp Headquarters, Senior Small Group Leader ANCOC 2/177th Regimental Training Institute, Chief Public Affairs NCO Joint Force Headquarters, Public Affairs NCO 125th Infantry Battalion, First Sergeant Joint Force Headquarters, First Sergeant 46th Military Police Command, Law and Order NCO 46th Military Police Command, Operations Sergeant Major 177th Military Police Brigade, Command Sergeant Major 126th Press Camp Headquarters, Command Sergeant Major 177th Military Police Brigade, State Command Sergeant Major and Senior Enlisted Advisor of the Michigan National Guard.  CSM Farrell mobilized in January 2001 with the 126th Press Camp in support of Stabilization Force Bosnia and Herzegovina (SFOR9), deployed in January 2004 as the Public Affairs NCO for the 125th Infantry Battalion for the Multinational Force and Observers Mission (MFO), to Afghanistan with the 46th Military Police Command in May 2010 as the Battle NCO and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  CSM Farrell holds an Associate Degree in General Studies and Michigan Coalition on Law Enforcement Standards certification from Lansing Mid-Michigan Police Academy.

CSM Farrell has been married to William Byrnes for 6 years and resided in Lansing, Michigan.

EDUCATION:

2014 Self Structured Development Level 5

2009 United States Army Sergeants Major Academy

2000 Introduction to Journalism Course

1998 Total Army Instructor Course

1998 Small Group Instructor Course

1995 Advanced Non Commissioned Officers Course

1992 Basic Non Commissioned Officers Course

ASSIGNMENTS:

April 1987 – April 1990, United States Army

April 1990 – March 1997, United States Army Reserve, 303rd Military Police Company, Jackson, Michigan

March 1997 – July 2000, BNCOC Instructor, 177th Regimental Training Institute, Augusta, Michigan

July 2000 – October 2002, Information Operations NCOIC, 126th Press Camp Headquarters, Augusta, Michigan

October 2002 – January 2003, ANCOC Instructor, 177th Regimental Training Institute, Augusta, Michigan

January 2003 – October 2003, Public Affairs NCOIC, Joint Force Headquarters, Lansing, Michigan

October 2003 – July 2004, Public Affairs NCOIC, 125th Infantry Battalion, Flint, Michigan

July 2004 – December 2004, First Sergeant, HHD, Joint Force Headquarters, Lansing, Michigan

December 2004 – June 2008, First Sergeant, 46th Military Police Command, Lansing, Michigan

June 2008 – December 2011, Law and Order NCO, 46th Military Police Command, Lansing, Michigan

December 2011 – March 2014, Operations Sergeant Major, 177th Military Police Brigade, Taylor, Michigan

March 2014 – September 2017, Command Sergeant Major, 126th Press Camp Headquarters, Augusta, Michigan

September 2017 – March 2019, Command Sergeant Major, 177th Military Police Brigade, Taylor, Michigan

March 2019 – Present, Michigan National Guard Senior Enlisted Leader, Lansing, Michigan

AWARDS & DECORATIONS:

Bronze Star Medal

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal

Army Commendation Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)

Army Achievement Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)

Army Good Conduct Medal

Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)

National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Star)

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with 1 Bronze Star)

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Bronze Hourglass, M device and numeral 3)

Non Commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral 5)

Army Service Ribbon

Overseas Service Ribbon (with numeral 4)

Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon (with numeral 3)

NATO Medal

Multinational Force and Observers Medal

Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Army Meritorious Unit Commendation

Order of the Marechaussee

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

Sergeant, 18 October 1991

Staff Sergeant, 23 January 1993

Sergeant First Class, 16 October 1998

Master Sergeant, 30 July 2004

Operations Sergeant Major, 23 December 2011

Command Sergeant Major, 28 March 2014