Sergeant Major Richard A. Shanklin
SGM Richard A. Shanklin was born in Germany. He entered the United States Army in November 1989. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Jackson, SC. In 1995, he joined his medical family and was awarded the MOS 91C at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver, Colorado.
SGM Shanklin’s combat tours include both Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
SGM Shanklin has held a wide variety of assignments and leadership positions overseas and in the continental United States to include: Administrative Specialist, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Emery Barracks, GM; Medical NCO, 67th CSH, Wurzburg, GM; Staff Nurse-Medical Surgical Ward, Staff Nurse-Intensive Care Unit, and NCOIC Family Health Center, MEDDAC, Ft Belvoir, VA; Staff Nurse-Labor and Delivery, NCOIC Community Health Center, MEDDAC, Heidelberg, GM; Ward Master Eisenhower Presidential Suite and Hematology/Oncology ward, WRAMC, Washington, D.C; Assistant Chief Clinical NCO, Madigan Army Medical Center; Ombudsman, I Corps, Tacoma, WA; and Clinical Operations NCO, 56th Multi-Function Medical Battalion, JBLM, WA.
His leadership assignments include: NCOIC, Operations, Soto Cano Airbase, Honduras; Senior Medic, Uganda, Africa; Detachment 1SG, MEDDAC, Heidelberg, GM; NCOIC, Perioperative Nursing Services, Heidelberg, GM; Platoon Sergeant, 249th CSH, Ft Gordon, GA; Equal Opportunity Advisor, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; Senior Clinical Operations NCO, Baghdad, Iraq; First Sergeant, Madigan Army Medical Center, JBLM, WA; Clinical Operations SGM, 62nd Medical Brigade, Afghanistan; and Chief Medical NCO, PHCR-S, JBSA, TX.
SGM Shanklin’s military and civilian education includes the Equal Opportunity Advisor Course, Sabalauski Air Assault School, Master Fitness Course, First Sergeant Course, and Instructor Trainer and small Group Leader courses. He has completed all levels of NCOES to include the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 63 - “All In”). He also completed the Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) course. He has a bachelor’s degree in science and is on schedule to complete a graduate degree this year from the University of Texas, El Paso.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC); Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5 OLC); Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal (8th Award); Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4); Humanitarian Service Medal; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; Overseas Service Medal (Numeral 4); NATO Medal; Air Assault Badge, Schutzenschnur; German Sports Badge; and German Proficiency Badge. Unit awards include: the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, and Army Superior Unit Award.