Senior Enlisted Leader

Command Sgt. Maj. Perlisa D. Wilson

Command Sergeant Major Perlisa D. Wilson serves as the Senior Enlisted Leader of the Maryland National Guard. She previously served as the primary advisor to the DCSPER G1 advising on all personnel matters affecting Soldiers. Her military career spans over 28 years of service.  She enlisted into the Maryland Army National Guard’s 229th Supply and Transportation Battalion in May 1990. She completed Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina andAdvanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia as an Automated Logistical Specialist and was assigned to Bravo Company Detachment, Bravo Company, and Headquarters Company of the 229th Main Support Battalion in Reisterstown, Maryland.  

Command Sgt. Maj. Wilson has served in numerous positions of increasing responsibility in Personnel Management and Operations.   She joined the Active Guard Reserve Program and was assigned to Joint Forces Headquarters MD National Guard in August 1999 as a Personnel Service Sergeant. In 2009, she became the first female First Sergeant for Joint Forces Headquarters.  In 2013, she was the first Active Duty female selected and promoted to serve in the grade and rank of E-9, Command Sergeant Major.  The next year later, she was appointed as the Command Sergeant Major of the 110th Information Operations Battalion. In September 2016, she was the first African American female to serve as a Brigade Command Sergeant Major in MD National Guard History. She was the Brigade Command Sergeant Major for the 58th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade. Today she is assigned as the Senior Enlisted Leader of the Maryland National Guard where she will serve as the primary advisor to the Adjutant General on all enlisted Airmen and Soldier matters affecting training, operations, family matters, and health and welfare of the force and professional development.  She is the first female and first African American in the history of the Maryland National Guard to serve in this position. 

Command Sgt. Maj. Wilson is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and resides here with her husband Todd and their two children; son Kai, 16 years old and daughter Kaylyn 7 years old. She graduated from Carver Vocational-Technical High School in 1990 in the top 20% of her class and an inductee in the Carver Alumni Hall of Fame for her service to the military and community. She is an Alumni of Coppin State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Science in 1998, and received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2005.  She also earned an Associate’s Degree in Religious Studies from Valor College (formerly World Harvest Bible College) (External Studies Program) in 2008.  She is a graduate of numerous military courses which include; Military Instructor Course, Six Sigma Course, Company Level Leaders Command Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, Tactical Information Operations Course and the United States Sergeants Major Academy and many more. She is also a member several prestigious affiliations such as Enlisted Association of the National Guard- MD Chapter, American Legion Post#22, former President and former Vice President of the MD Sergeants Major Association. Command Sgt. Maj, Coppin State University and Carver Vocational Technical High School Alumni and Hall of Fame Member. CSM Wilson is a member Kingdom Life Church, Baltimore, MD where she serves as an Associate Minister in several ministries in the church. 

Command Sgt. Maj. Wilson’s military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (5th award), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (6th award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass (2ndaward), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (2nd award) Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Medal (w/numeral 5) Army Service Ribbon, Maryland Commendation Medal,  Maryland National Guard Recruiting Medal (3rd award) Maryland State Emergency Service (Active Duty) Medal (4thaward) Maryland State Service Medal (5thaward).