Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Medical Command
Command Sergeant Major Gerald C. Ecker entered active military service as an Army Combat Medic. CSM Ecker’s previous assignments include Platoon Aidman, Company Senior Medic and Battalion Senior Treatment NCO, 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, (ODS/DS-Saudi Arabia/Iraq) Ft. Bragg, NC; Medical Platoon Sergeant and Senior Medic, 5th Ranger Training Battalion, Camp Frank D. Merrill, Dahlonega, GA; Observer Controller, Combat Maneuver Training Center, Hohenfels, Germany; Chief Medical NCO, AMEDD Lessons Learned Office (Project Warrior), Ft. Sam Houston, TX; First Sergeant, E Co. (MED), 15th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, (OIF-Iraq) Ft. Hood, TX; Sergeant Major, Division Surgeon’s Office, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT), (OIF-Iraq) Ft. Campbell, KY. His Command Sergeant Major assignments include the 52nd Medical Battalion, Republic of Korea; 121st Combat Support Hospital / Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital and USAMEDDAC-K, Republic of Korea; Task Force 21st Combat Support Hospital, (OIF/OND-Iraq) Ft. Hood, TX; U.S. Army Public Health Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD; and the U.S. Army Medical Department Center & School JBSA Ft. Sam Houston, TX.
CSM Ecker holds a Bachelor of Science with honors from Excelsior College, Albany, NY. He is a graduate of numerous emergency medical courses to include EMT-Paramedic. His military education includes PLDC, BNCOC (Commandants List and Leadership Award), ANCOC (Commandants List, Leadership, and PT Awards), Battle Staff NCO Course (Commandants List), Resident Sergeants Major Course (Commandants List, Excellence in Writing, and PT Awards), Command Sergeants Major Course, Sergeants Major Force Management Course, Legal Orientation Course, War College – Senior Leader Seminar, National Defense University – Keystone Course, Airborne Course, Air Assault Course, Jumpmaster Course, Drop Zone Safety Team Leader Course, Instructor Trainer Course, Tactical Certification Course, Observer Controller Course, NBC Casualty Care Course, Jungle Warfare, and Ranger School.
CSM Ecker’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (2nd OLC), Bronze Star Medal (1st OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (Silver OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3rd OLC), Army Achievement Medal (Silver OLC), Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation (1st OLC), Combat Medical Badge (2nd Award), Expert Field Medical Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, German Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab, and various other decorations and foreign awards. He is a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, and was the 1995 recipient of the “Society of the 173rd Airborne Brigade (SEP), ‘Sigholtz’ Leadership Award”. Also In 1995, representing ‘Team 82nd Airborne’ then SSG Ecker, along with partner SGT Todd Barrager, were named the Army’s Best Medics, by winning the 2nd Annual Competition, then called the “Expert Field Medical Badge Challenge.” CSM Ecker is a member of the 1st Cavalry Division - Order of the Combat Spur and recipient of the Army Medical Department - Order of Military Medical Merit.