Command Sgt. Maj. Charles W. Tennant enlisted in the United States Army in August 1989. He received his Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. During his 27 years of service, Tennant has held numerous leadership positions including: squad leader, platoon sergeant, first sergeant and command sergeant major.
His previous assignments include 4th Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, Fort Ord, California; 4th Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Washington; Joint Security Area Panmonjom, Demilitarized Zone, Korea; 6th Ranger Training Battalion, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida; Area Support Group, Kuwait; 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis; and 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson.
Throughout his career, Tennant continued to further his military education and training. He completed every Noncommissioned Officer Education System course, culminating in and graduating from Class 39(NR) of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. His other military education includes Ranger School, Basic Airborne School, Air Assault School, Nuclear Biological Chemical Officer Course and Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, and he is in the final stages of earning a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management.
Tennant’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Good Conduct Medal – Eighth Award, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with star, Iraq Campaign medal with two stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 8, United Nations Medal, NATO Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, U.S. Army Parachutist Badge, German Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. He is a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, and is a recipient of the Aubrey “Red” Newman Award, the St. Maurice Medallion (Bronze), the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, the Noble Patron of Armor Award, and holds both Gold and Silver Spurs.