Command Sergeant Major Jerry Lee Wilson was born in Thomson, Georgia on June 28, 1958. He graduated from Thomson High School in 1976 and entered the United States Army in June of 1976. He attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, SC, and completed his Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, GA, as an infantryman.
His first assignment was Fort Ord, CA, where he served as an M60 Gunner and later as a 90mm Recoilless Rifleman with B Company, 6th Battalion, 31 st Infantry Regiment. He was then reassigned to Fort Wainwright, AK in 1978 as a Scout Observer with E Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment (MANCHU) and held the positions of Senior Scout Observer and Assistant Squad Leader. In 1980, he was assigned to Fort Benning, GA, with B Company, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment as a Team Leader and later as a Squad and Section Leader. His next assignment was Dahlonega, GA where he served as a Platoon Sergeant and as a Ranger Instructor. In late 1983, he volunteered for Drill Sergeant duty and attended Drill Sergeant School at Fort Benning, GA. He was then assigned as a Drill Sergeant with D Company, 4th Battalion, 2nd Infantry Training Brigade. In 1986, he was reassigned to Fort Kobbe, Panama. He served as a Platoon Sergeant with C Company, 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry (Airborne); C Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry (Airborne); and as the Battalion S3 Operations Sergeant with the 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry (Airborne). In 1989, he was assigned to Fort Benning, GA for the third time as a Senior Ranger Instructor with the 4th Ranger Training Brigade. In 1990 he volunteered for ROTC duty at Central State University in Dayton, OH, where he served as the chief instructor. He was then reassigned, once again, to Fort Wainwright, AK, where he served as the First Sergeant for A Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment (MANCHU), and as the Brigade S3 Operations Sergeant Major of the 1st Brigade, 6th Infantry Division (Light). Command Sergeant Major Wilson's next assignment was to the Sergeants Major Academy. After the Academy, he served his third tour in Alaska as the Battalion Command Sergeant Major of 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment at Fort Wainwright, AK. Following this assignment, he served as the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment Battalion Command Sergeant Major at the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, KY. His last assignment was as the 2nd Brigade, 502nd Infantry Regiment Command Sergeant Major at both Fort Campbell, KY and as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Mosul, Iraq.
Command Sergeant Major Wilson is a graduate of the Primary Noncommissioned Officers Course, the Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, the Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course, the Operations and Intelligence Course, the First Sergeants Course and the United States Army Sergeant Major Academy Class 47.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Combat and Expert Infantryman's Badges, the Pathfinder Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Royal Thai Army Jump Wings, Panamanian Jump Wings and Brazilian Jump Wings.
Additionally, Command Sergeant Major Wilson is an Audie Murphy Club inductee and is a recipient of the Order of Saint Maurice given by the National Infantryman's Association.