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Command Sergeant Major Walter E. Kirk Jr.

CSM Walter E. Kirk Jr. entered the active military service on 27 July 1995. He attended Basic Training, Advanced Individual Training and Jump School at Fort Benning GA. Upon Graduation he was Awarded the MOS 11B, Infantrymen. CSM Kirk is a 2014 graduate of the United States Army Sergeant Major Academy Class 64 at Fort Bliss TX.

CSM Kirk is a Paratrooper and Ranger. His notable assignments include First Sergeant A co, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, First Sergeant HHC, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st BCT, 82D ABN DIV, First Sergeant of United States Army Advanced Airborne School, 82D ABN DIV, Operations Sergeant Major of 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne) 173rd BCT Vicenza, Italy, Command Sergeant Major for 5th Squadron 73 Cavalry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 82D ABN DIV, Command Sergeant Major for Task Force Sinai, Sinai Egypt, 82D Airborne Division G-3 SGM and currently CSM Kirk serves as the Commandant of Eighth Army Wightman NCO Academy.

CSM Kirk has deployed in Support of Multinational Force & Observers (MFO rotation #34), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF 2002-03), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF 07-08 /09-10), Operation Atlantic Resolve (OAR 2014), Operation Fearless Guardian (OFG 2015, and Multinational Force & Observers (2018-19).

CSM Kirk is married to the former Laura M. Petrie of Southwick, MA. Together they have two children Brandi and Walter III.