Sgt. Maj. Cameron Porter
A 1985 Moriah Central School graduate and Port Henry native has been selected a command sergeant major and will be assigned to one of only two active duty Press Camp Headquarters in the Army in July as the senior enlisted adviser and leader of soldiers.
Sgt. Maj. Cameron Porter, son of Peggy and Charles Porter, has served on active-duty status in the Army for 24 years. The Army’s Human Resources Command recently announced Porter’s activation to command sergeant major, the highest enlisted rank in the Army.
Porter’s father, Charles who is deceased, was the meat department manager at the Schroon Lake Grand Union grocery store before retiring. He also worked in the meat departments at the Ticonderoga and the Port Henry Grand Union grocery stores during his career. Porter’s mother, Peggy, is a retired physical education teacher at Moriah Central School. She lives in Ironville on Penfield Pond.
“Serving soldiers as a command sergeant major is the greatest honor the Army can bestow on a senior noncommissioned officer,” said Col. Robert Bennett, the director of Enlisted Personnel Management, Human Resources Command. “He should be proud of his selection for this awesome responsibility. I extent my congratulations for his continued success as a leader and command sergeant major.”
Porter currently serves as the public affairs sergeant major for the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg. During his career he has also served in the 82nd Airborne Division, 101st Airborne Division, 1st Infantry Division and 2nd Infantry Division among many other units. He has been stationed or deployed overseas to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Korea, Germany, Croatia, Bosnia, Jordon and Panama to name a few. Porter’s most recent deployment was to Afghanistan from January to July 2012 where he served at NATO’s International Security Assistance Force Headquarters in Kabul as the communications sergeant major.
“It’s a great honor for me to have served our nation for the last 24 years,” said Porter. “I have been around the globe and have worked with some of greatest leaders and soldiers in the world. I do not take for granted my responsibilities and my charter to lead soldiers while looking out for their welfare and that of their families. Completing the mission wherever and whenever America calls upon me, and taking care of soldiers and their families is what I do.”
Porter will remain at Fort Bragg for his next assignment as command sergeant major. The 10th Press Camp Headquarters, where he will assigned, is a direct reporting Army battalion to U.S. Army Forces Command. The 10th PCH is currently on rapid reaction mission recall status as part of the Defense CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) Response Force. DCRF is responsible to support local authorities should a catastrophic CBRN event or natural disaster happens in the United States. The 10th PCH most recently deployed to New York and New Jersey in support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in 2012. Under Porter’s leadership at the 10th PCH, there are an additional four Public Affairs Detachments and one Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, about 90-100 Soldiers and their families, whom he will be directly responsible for.
Porter has a master’s of education degree from Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, Ariz., and a bachelor of arts degree from Excelsior College in Albany. His military schooling includes all levels of leadership courses as well as Airborne School, Air Assault School, Sniper School, Public Affairs Officer’s Qualification Course, Intermediate Photojournalism Course, Editor’s Course and more.
Porter has been awarded the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Airborne Wings, four sets of foreign jump wings, Air Assault Badge, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, one Defense Commendation Medal, six Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals and many more awards and decorations.
He is married to Jacqueline Lemacks Porter, an Army civilian employee at the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, Fort Bragg. They have two daughters, Natalie who will be a senior next school year, and Emilie who will be a junior.