Sgt. Maj. Curt Juergens, of Huntington, has been appointed as "Indiana's Strength Maintenance" Command Sergeant Major in the United States Army.
The appointment, by order of Chief of Staff George W. Casey Jr., was effective Dec. 22. A ceremony was held at the Joint Forces Headquarters in Indianapolis. His duty station is in Indianapolis, but he will continue to reside in Huntington with his wife Lorraine and daughter Tia.
Juergens, who has nearly 28 years of military experience, is a 1981 graduate of Huntington North High School and earned an associate degree from Vincennes University. He is also a graduate of the National Defense University Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA.
He is the son of Jerry and Mary Juergens, former Huntington residents who now live in Syracuse.
Juergens has served in Germany; as a member of a specially selected nine-man NATO Task Force Team in the northern Greece and Macedonia areas; and as a squad leader with several Airborne units at Fort Bragg, NC.
His last duty station as a paratrooper was with the Army's 27th Combat Airborne Battalion, with service in Egypt. He then served as a jungle warfare expert in Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Panama, as well as in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Juergens also served as a squad leader and platoon sergeant with Delta Company 1-293rd Infantry in the Huntington National Guard unit prior to returning to active duty.
Juergens recently served as the 76th Brigade RR Sergeant Major and as the RR Sergeant Major of the 81st Troop Command and 219th Battle Field Surveillance Brigade.
Juergens' qualifications include Expert Rifle Qualification Badge, Airborne Qualified, Air Assault Qualified, Honduran Army Airborne Wings, Jungle Warfare Expert, Jungle Sapper, Combat Infantry Cord and Demolition Expert with an affiliation into the Corps of Engineers.
Some of his awards include the Indiana Military Volunteer Emblem, Indiana Long Service Medal, Indiana Retention Ribbon with Numeral 2, Indiana Recruiting Ribbon with Numeral 8, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Hour Glass, Indiana Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaves, Indiana Distinguished Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Liberation of Kuwait Medal, Over Seas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NCO Development Ribbon with Numeral 4, South West Asia Service Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, Expeditionary Force Medal, National Defense Service Medal with four Oak Leaves, Army Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaves, Indiana Longevity Ribbon, Army Superior Unit Award for outstanding meritorious performance in a difficult and challenging mission under extraordinary circumstances and the Army Meritorious Unit commendation for outstanding service during combat.