Command Sgt. Maj. Phillip A. Stringfield
Senior Enlisted Advisor Georgia Dept. of Defense
State Command Sergeant Major, Georgia Army National Guard
Command Sgt. Maj. Phillip A. Stringfield is the senior enlisted advisor for the Georgia Department of Defense and the 8th state command sergeant major of the Georgia Army National Guard based at Clay National Guard Center in Marietta, Georgia.
Stringfield enlisted in the active Army as an infantryman (11B) with the 82d Airborne Division in 1981. He enlisted in the Georgia Army National Guard in 1991 as an armored personnel carrier driver (11H). His military education includes: Airborne School, Jungle Warfare School, Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic and Advanced Non-Commissioned Officers Course and Sergeants Major Academy. He has also completed the Unit Career Counselor Course, Mortar Transition Course, Anti-Armor School, Bradley Fighting Vehicle Commanders Course and Observer/Controller Course. Stringfield graduated from Bellevue University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in leadership in 2007.
Stringfield has held a number of key leadership and staff positions in his 27-years of service to the Georgia Army National Guard. From 1991 – 2000 he served as an APC squad leader, APC section sergeant, fire direction chief and mortar section sergeant for the 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment in Albany, Georgia. He went on to serve as the mortar platoon sergeant in Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 2-121 Infantry. Upon redeployment from Bosnia, Stringfield was assigned as the first sergeant of that company. In 2005, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as the operations sergeant major for 2-121 Infantry. His exceptional ability to lead and command in combat found him as the operations sergeant major for planning, 1st Army and Fort Gillem, Georgia. He has served as the command sergeant major for 2-121 Infantry, the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and the 560th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade.
Some of Stringfield’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with five oak leaf clusters), National Defense Service Medal (with campaign star) and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He has also received the Order of Saint Maurice.
Stringfield and his wife Yvonne Stringfield have three children.