Command Sergeant Major Samuel I. Cole is a native of Petersburg, VA. He enlisted in the United States Army on 14 March 1988. He completed Basic Training at Fort Jackson, SC., and Advance Initial Training (AIT) at Fort Gordon, GA., as a Wire Systems Installer (31L).
CSM Cole's units of assignments included: A Co, 8th Signal Battalion, 8th Infantry Division, Bad Krueznach, Germany where he served as a wire systems installer, A Co, 57th Signal Battalion, Fort Hood, TX., where he served as transmissions systems specialist, the 69th Signal Company, 56th Signal Battalion, Corozal, Panama where he served as a key systems team chief, a telephone section sergeant and a platoon sergeant, C Co, 67th Signal Battalion, Fort Gordon, GA., where he served as a wire systems supervisor, Raleigh Recruiting Battalion, Rocky Mount, NC., where he served as a U.S Army recruiter, Headquarters & Headquarters Detachment, 56th Signal Battalion, Fort Buchanan Puerto Rico where he served as a plans and operations NCOIC and the detachment first sergeant, the 642nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 42nd Infantry Division, Fort Drum, NY., where he served as a senior telecom operations NCO, Headquarters & A Co 551st Signal Battalion, Fort Gordon, GA., where he served as a chief instructor/ writer, B Co, 442nd Signal Battalion, Fort Gordon, GA. 501st Signal Company, 36th Signal Battalion, Camp Humphreys Korea, where he served as the first sergeant, HHC, 72d Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Mannheim Germany, where he served as Operations Sergeant Major, The 509th Signal Battalion, Vicenza Italy, where he served as the Battalions Command Sergeant Major.
His deployments include Dessert Shield and OIF III.
CSM Cole’s military and civilian education includes: Warrior Leader Course, Basic Non Commissioned Officer Course, Army Master Fitness Trainer Course, Army Recruiters Course, Advanced Non Commissioned Officer Course, Company Commander/First Sergeant Orientation Course, United States Army First Sergeant Course, the Decision Risk Analysis Safety Course, and the Company Commanders Safety Course, and currently attending the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy class 60. He holds an Associate degree in Applied Science Technology, and a Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2st OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1st SLC), Army Achievement Medal (1st SLC), National Defense Ribbon (bronze star), Army Good Conduct Medal (6th award), Humanitarian Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 3), Overseas Service Ribbon (numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Recruiters Badge (3 Gold Stars), Driver/Mechanic Badge.
CSM Cole has one daughter, (17)