Command Sergeant Major Brad Houston enlisted in the United States Army in July 1989 as a Combat Engineer. He conducted One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
His assignments include Berlin, Germany; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Fort Monroe, Virginia; Bamberg, Germany; Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Bliss, Texas; Schweinfurt, Germany and Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson, Alaska. His combat and operational tours include Operations Desert Storm, Joint Guardian, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.
CSM Houston has held a variety of leadership and staff positions to include: Team Leader, Squad Leader, Drill Sergeant, United States Army TRADOC Drill Sergeant of the Year, Platoon Sergeant, Battalion Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant, 15th Engineer Battalion Command Sergeant Major, 1st Engineer Brigade Command Sergeant Major, 2D Engineer Brigade Command Sergeant Major, United States Army Engineer School & Regiment Command Sergeant Major, and as the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization Command Sergeant Major.
CSM Houston is a graduate of all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System, First Sergeants Course, Sergeants Major Course, Battalion and Brigade CSM Development Course, Command Sergeant Major Legal Orientation Course, Sergeants Major Force Management Course, Executive Leaders Course, Keystone Course, Airborne School, Drill Sergeant School, and the Basic Instructor Training Course. CSM Houston holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College.
His awards and decoration include the Legion of Merit (3 OLC), Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (6 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (5 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (6 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (10th AWD), Army Occupation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (1 BSS), Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 CS), Kosovo Campaign Medal (1 BSS), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 CS), Iraqi Campaign Medal (2 CS), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 6), Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 5), NATO Medal (2nd AWD), Liberation of Kuwait Medal (Saudi Arabia), Liberation of Kuwait Medal (Kuwait), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (1 OLC), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation (2 OLC), Army Superior Unit Award, Parachutist Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, French Commando Badge and the Combat Action Badge. He is a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy and Sergeant Morales Club’s and is also a recipient of the Army Engineer Association’s de Fleury Medal (Silver Award).