Member of the Regiment biography for
CSM (Ret.) Kermit D. Short (2003)
CSM (Ret.) Kermit D. Short entered the United States Army on April 21, 1965 in
Chicago, Ill. He received his basic training at Fort Knox and completed AIT
at Fort Gordon.
His military assignments include tours of duty in the 35th Signal Brigade, Fort Bragg; 32nd Signal Battalion, Frankfurt, Germany; the 78th
Signal Battalion, Fort Lewis; the 972nd Signal Battalion, 9th Infantry Group, Republic of Vietnam, 82nd Signal Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg; 8th
Signal Battalion, Bad Kreuznach, Germany; 50th Signal Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg and 1st Battalion, 1st Air Dense Artillery, Wildflecken, Germany.
He served as the command sergeant major for the 82nd Signal Battalion, Fort Bragg; 122nd Signal Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea; 82nd
Airborne Division Support Command, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg and the 35th Signal Brigade, Fort Bragg. Command Sergeant Major Short’s awards include
the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with one oak-leaf cluster, Mertitorious Service Medal with five oak-leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with one
oak-leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (10th award), Vietnam Service medal with six campaign stars and Vietnam Cross of
Gallantry, Humanitarian Service Award, Armed Forces expeditionary medal Southwest Asia service medal, and Kuwait Lliberation Medal for Saudi Arabia
His special skills include the Master Parachutist Badge, German Parachutist Badge and Honduran Parachutist Badge. He currently works for the
Department of Veterans Affairs for the state of Illinois, continuing his commitment to soldiers and their families.
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