Jeffery T. Stitzel
Highest Military RankCommand Sergeant Major
Military DatesAug 1987 - Aug 2018
Society MembershipLifetime Member
Home City / StateFarmington, MI
Current City / StateLeesburg, MI
Units & CampaignsUS Army Africa/SETAF, OUA, Liberia Sep 14 - Nov 14 Command Sergeant Major
1st Brigade Combat Team, 82d Airborne Division, OIF, Iraq Jun 07 - Jul 08 Sergeant Major
D Company, 2d Battalion, 504th PIR, OEF, Afghanistan Apr 05 - Mar 06 First Sergeant
D Company, 2d Battalion, 504th PIR, OIF, Iraq Dec 03 - Apr 04 First Sergeant
Awards & DecorationsDistinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal for Valor
Army Commendation Medal (with 12 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal (with 10 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Valorous Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Superior Unit Award
Armed Forces Service Medal
Army Good Conduct Medal (with 10 knots)
Noncommissioned Officer Development Ribbon (Numeral 5)
Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Identification Badge
Drill Sergeant Identification Badge
Combat Infantryman Badge
Expert Infantryman Badge
Master Parachutist Badge
Air Assault Badge
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Did you know?
Are the shoes specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet?
The shoes are standard issue military dress shoes. They are built up so the sole and heel are equal in height. This allows the Sentinel to stand with a straight back and perpendicular to the ground. A side effect of this is that the Sentinel can "roll" on the outside of the build up walking down the mat. Done correctly, the hat and bayonet will appear to not "bob" up and down with each step. It gives a more formal, fluid and smooth look to the walk, rather than a "marching" appearance.
The soles have a steel tip on the toe and a "horseshoe" steel plate on the heel. This prevents wear on the sole and allows the Sentinel to move smoothly during his movements when he turns to face the Tomb and then back down the mat.
Then there is the "clicker". It is a shank of steel attached to the inside of the face of the heel build-up on each shoe. It allows the Sentinel to heel click during certain movements. A guard change is considered great when all the heel clicks fall together and sound as one click. The guard change is occasionally done in the "silent" mode (as a sign of devotion to the Unknowns) with no voice commands - every thing is done in relation to the heel clicks and on specific counts.