8th Infantry Illinois National Guard Association


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Reid, Harry G.

Command Sergeant Major Harry G. Reid is a retired Command Sergeant Major of the 33d Area Support Group (ASG), Illinois National Guard.

Command Sergeant Major Reid was born September 26, 1942 in Chicago , Illinois. He was educated in the Chicago Public School System, and he graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He completed additional study in Hydraulics at the Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1980.

Enlisting in "Charlie Company", 2d Battalion, 178th Infantry (RCT), Command Sergeant Major Reid officially entered service on September 1, 1966. He completed basic and advanced infantry training at Ford Ord, CA in August 1967 and was soon promoted to the Noncommissioned Office ranks as Corporal. Reorganization in January 1968 transferred Corporal Reid to the 33d Military Police Battalion, 333d Military Police Company. He rapidly rose through the enlisted ranks and in September 1972 was promoted to Platoon Sergeant, E7. Command Sergeant Major Reid has served as the Provost Sergeant of the 33d Military Police Battalion, the First Sergeant of the 1544th Transportation Company, 822nd Military Police Company (Army Reserve), and the 933re Military Police. In August 1990, he was promoted and transferred to the 65th Troop Command Brigade as the Operations Sergeant Major, and on October 1, 1991, he was appointed as the 65th Troop Command Brigade Command Sergeant Major. Since May 1998, Command Sergeant Major Reid has served as Command Sergeant Major of the 33d Area Support Group (ASG) in Chicago, Illinois. He has served in every enlisted Noncommissioned Officer leadership position from Squad Team Leader to Brigade Command Sergeant Major.

Command Sergeant Major Reid has received the following military decorations and awards: Meritorious Service Award with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Award, army Reserve Component Award with seven Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Gold Hourglass, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with the Numeral 4, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon with Numeral 3, Illinois Military Medal of Merit, Illinois Long and Honorable Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Illinois State Active Duty Ribbon with Numeral 9, and the Illinois Military Attendance Ribbon with the Numeral 8.

Command Sergeant Major Reid has toiled long and hard in the field of civil rights from 1960 on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois with the NAACP campaign against the campus barbershops, "Freedom Riders" bus campaign, which ended with the bus being destroyed in Cairo, Illinois in 1963, marching with Dr. Martin Luther King in Chicago's Marquette Park and Cicero, Illinois, to campaign for local and federal programs to improve the lives of all. In July 1999, Command Sergeant Major Reid received "The Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award" from the NAACP at their National Convention in New York City. The National Guard Association of Illinois presented Command Sergeant Reid their "Distinguished Service Award" in April 2000.

Command Sergeant Major Reid has worked in both the large corporate and small private business sectors since 1969. He is currently the General Manager of Good Shepherd Manor and Good Shepherd Tower, two senior citizen apartment complexes, which were developed by his church in Chicago, Illinois.


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