Command Sergeant Major Brian J. Rathbun II enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 1996 as a Mortar Infantryman. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training in Fort Benning, Georgia.
He has served in every leadership position in the infantry from Team Leader, Squad Leader, FDC Computer Chief, Section Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, BN and BDE OPS SGM. His stateside assignments include Fort Benning Georgia, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., Ranger Instructor 5th RTB, Camp Frank B. Merrill, Dahlonega, GA, Reserve Officers Training Corps (R.O.T.C) as the Senior Military Instructor at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, and U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA) class of 68, Fort Bliss, Texas. His overseas assignments include Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Camp Ederle, Vicenza, Italy, and 2d Cavalry Regiment, Rose Barracks, Vilseck, Germany. He has deployed numerous times in support of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
CSM Rathbun’s military education includes Warrior Leader Course, Basic NCO Course, The Advance NCO Course, Senior Tact Instructor Course, Total Army Instructor course, Master Resilience Trainer course, EMT Basic course, Combat Lifesaver Program, Senior R.O.T.C Pre-Command course, Combatives Level 1, Mountain Warfare School, Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, and Ranger School. His Civilian education includes a high school diploma from Corunna High School.
CSM Rathbun’s awards and decorations include Bronze Star (4th Award), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award), Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Army Achievement Medal (7th Award), Meritorious Unit Award (2nd Award), Army Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, National Service Defense Medal, Iraqi Campaign Service Medal with Arrowhead Device, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terror Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development (w/numeral 5), Overseas Service Ribbon (w/numeral 7), U.N. Medal, NATO Medal, Bronze Star Combat Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab His foreign awards include German Schutzenschnur, Canadian Jump Wings and German Army Proficiency Badge. He is also a recipient of the Order of Saint Maurice.
CSM Rathbun is married with two children.