Command Sergeant Major Martyn Pauwels enlisted in the Army as a Combat Medical Specialist. He attended basic combat training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Combat Medical Specialist Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Command Sergeant Major Pauwels served as an emergency room shift leader, team leader, squad leader, platoon sergeant, Clinic NCOIC, Department NCOIC, AIT instructor, Senior Operations Sergeant, twice as a First Sergeant, and most recently as the Regional Health Command-Central Operations Sergeant Major.
His assignments include Fort Monmouth New Jersey; Fort Stewart, Georgia; Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Sam Houston Texas; El Paso, Texas; and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He has two deployments to Baghdad, Iraq, with 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Command Sergeant Major Pauwels’ military education includes the Medical Specialist Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Master Resiliency Training Course, Unit Prevention Leader’s Course, Airlift Planner’s Course, Unit Movement Officer’s Course, Army Trauma Training Course, Tactical Combat Medical Care Course, Modern Army Combatives Level 1 and 2, AMEDD Executive Skills Leader’s Course, First Sergeant Course, and is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeant’s Major Course (Class 65).
He is currently certified as an Emergency Medical Technician through NREMT, and his civilian education includes a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Health Care Administration from Touro University International and a Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Command Sergeant Major Pauwels’ awards and decorations include the Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3), Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (4OLC), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon (1 Bronze Star), Good Conduct Medal (8th award), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (with numeral 3), Combat Medical Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge, Driver's Badge (wheel and track), and the German Marksmanship Badge (Gold).