Command Sgt. Maj. Anton J. Hillig was born and raised in Bismarck, North Dakota and enlisted as a cavalry scout in the United States Army in June 1993. He conducted One Unit Station Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. During his 23-plus years of service, Hillig has held numerous leadership positions which include: squad leader, section sergeant, platoon sergeant, first sergeant, squadron operations sergeant major, and battalion command sergeant major.
His previous assignments include: 1st Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, Louisiana; 2nd Battalion 72nd Armor Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Korea; 1st Battalion, 32nd Armor Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington; 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson; 5th Squadron 15th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Knox; 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Joint Readiness Training Center, Task Force Three, Fort Polk; 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas; Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2-1 Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley; 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.
Hillig has completed all Noncommissioned Officer Education System courses, culminating with graduating in Class 63 U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Joint Fire Power Training Course, Cavalry Leader Course and Scout Leader Course. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (four oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (six oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (five oak leaf clusters), Good Conduct Medal – seventh award, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with three bronze stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 4, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 4, NATO Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Combat Action Badge, and the Latvian Parachutist Badge. Hillig has been inducted into the Order of Saint George, the Order of Saint Maurice and awarded the General Aubrey Red Newman Award.