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Command Sergeant Major Ross Bagwell Veterans Day Guest Speaker

This year’s featured speaker is Command Sgt. Maj. Ross Bagwell, whose military career began in the Marine Corps in 1987. He served eight years in the Marines, 10 years in the Army National Guard and is in his 12th year in the Army Reserve, serving in the 2nd Battalion, 317th Regiment, a drill sergeant battalion in Lynchburg, Virginia.     


Bagwell attended the U.S. Army Command Sergeants' Major Academy and has deployed to Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has earned numerous awards and decorations, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

Throughout his military career, Bagwell has served in a number of leadership positions, including infantry team leader, infantry squad leader, opposing forces noncommissioned officer, infantry and noncommissioned officer school instructor, scout squad leader, infantry platoon sergeant, observer/controller trainer, counter-improvised explosive device noncommissioned officer in charge, operations noncommissioned officer and first sergeant.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in geographical information systems from the University of Wisconsin, and a master’s in business administration from the University of Illinois.

He lives in Rockville with his wife, Melanie, and works as a principal systems engineer for NASA/Science Systems and Applications, Inc.