CSM (Retired) Drew Pumarejo

Distinguished Member of the Regiment

Command Sergeant Major Pumarejo served as BN CSM of 3rd Battalion 509th Infantry (Airborne) from June 2005 to May 2008. The Battalion was established from absolute scratch (no Soldiers, vehicles, weapons, equipment) as part of the Army's activation of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne). Within one year, the Battalion formed, trained, certified, and deployed for combat operations in Iraq. During those 14 months of sustained combat, CSM Pumarejo provided force protection expertise for six combat outposts in Al Anbar Province and four combat outposts in Babil Province. He raised $24,000 (while deployed) in contributions for the Brigade memorial monument, facilitated the development of the Battalion Regimental Room, facilitated the development of Battalion Hall of Heroes Wing, and commissioned the James Dietz print 'At The End of The Day' commemorating the 509th combat deployment to Iraq.

CSM Pumarejo's contributions to the airborne community are especially noteworthy. He served as United States Paratrooper for every enlisted rank from Private to Command Sergeant Major. His airborne assignments include: 3rd Battalion 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, Ranger Training Brigade, 1st Battalion 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, and 3rd Battalion 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment. His airborne leadership positions include: Rifle Team Leader, Rifle Squad Leader, Scout Squad Leader, Scout Platoon Sergeant, Rifle Company First Sergeant, Headquarters Company First Sergeant, and Battalion Command Sergeant Major.

CSM Pumarejo continues to serve the 509th Parachute Infantry as Honorary Command Sergeant Major and Executive Trustee of 509th Parachute Infantry Association. In addition to supporting the 509th Infantry, CSM Pumarejo continues to serve Army Soldiers as Executive Coach Instructor at U.S. Army Recruiting and Retention School at Fort Knox, Kentucky.


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