MD Army National Guard Command Sergeant Major

Command Sergeant Major James M. Nugent

The Army Command Sergeant Major serves as the primary advisor to the Maryland Army National Guard commander on all enlisted matters affecting training and utilization, quality of life, health of the force, and enlisted professional development.

Command Sergeant Major James M. Nugent serves as the Command Sergeant Major of the Maryland Army National Guard.  

Command Sergeant Major Nugent was born in the Bronx in New York City, New York, and grew up in Montgomery County, MD.  He enlisted in the United States Army in 1986.  He attended 19D Cavalry Scout One Stop Unit Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  Upon completion of OSUT, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion 67th Armor Regiment, Friedberg, Germany where he served multiple tours on the East German Border.  Command Sergeant Major Nugent joined the Maryland Army National Guard in 1989 and served in positions as Scout, Squad Leader, and Section Sergeant in the 158th Cavalry until 2000, when he was selected to be a TAC NCO with the 70th RTI’s OCS program.  

Command Sergeant Major Nugent has served as First Sergeant of A Troop, 1st Squadron 158th Cavalry; Operations Sergeant Major, 58th Infantry Brigade Combat Team; Command Sergeant Major of the 1st Squadron, 158th Cavalry; Command Sergeant Major of the 1st Battalion, 224th Aviation; Command Sergeant Major of the 58th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade; Command Sergeant Major of the Combined Joint Operations Center-Jordan; and Command Sergeant major of the 58th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade.  His deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Joint Guardian (where he served as the Command Sergeant Major of the Southern Command Post, Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo), and Operation Inherent Resolve (where he served as the Command Sergeant Major, Combined Joint Operations Center – Jordan/Army Forces – Jordan).   

In addition to his traditional National Guard role, he served for ten years as an analyst with the Counter-Drug Program, providing support to Maryland’s law enforcement agencies.  He is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, numerous instructor courses, and numerous noncommissioned officer courses.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, University College.

His military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon,  Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Maryland Meritorious Service Medal, Maryland Commendation Medal, Maryland State Active Duty Medal (5th Award), Maryland Outstanding Unit Ribbon (5th Award), Maryland Recruiting Medal, Maryland State Service Medal, and the German Marksmanship Lanyard.