Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen A. Pickerin II enlisted in the United States Army April 3, 1990, completing Basic Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and Advanced Individual Training at The School of Music at Little Creek, Virginia, graduating as a clarinet musician. He reclassified in 1996, completing Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, graduating as a Paralegal Specialist.
Pickerin has served in various assignments and positions throughout his career. His previous assignments include clarinetist and transportation NCO, I Corps Army Band and 9th Infantry Division Band, Fort Lewis, Washington; clarinetist and operations NCO, 323nd Army Band and the 5th Army Band, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; battalion paralegal and tax center NCO in charge, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Division Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Stanley and Camp Casey, Korea; brigade paralegal NCO in charge and a platoon sergeant, HHB, Division Artillery, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York; senior drill sergeant, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia; operational law, civil affairs, PYSOPS, and PAO observer controller (Bronco 70A), operations group, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California; BCT senior paralegal NCO in charge, HHC, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington; BCT senior paralegal NCOIC, platoon sergeant, and first sergeant, RHHT, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany; chief paralegal NCO, Operations Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York; first sergeant and command paralegal NCO, HHC, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum; Task Force 2 CSM, Task Force 2, 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Rear Provisional), 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum; command paralegal NCO, HHC, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Red Cloud, Korea. He has completed tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Pickerin’s military education includes Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Sergeants Major Academy (Non-Resident Class 39), Law for Legal NCO Course, Senior Paralegal Course, Combined Senior Paralegal NCO Course, Command Paralegal NCO Course, Drill Sergeant Course, Joint Firepower Course, Information Operations Course, Operational Law Course, Basic Instructors Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Combatives Level 1 Course, HAZMAT Safety Course, Unit Prevention Leader Course, and Combat Lifesaver Course. He is currently working on his Bachelor’s degree.
Pickerin’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (five oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (four oak leaf clusters), Good Conduct Medal (eighth award), National Defense Service Medal (one service star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (two service stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (one service star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (numeral 5), NATO Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, and the Drivers Badge (Wheel).