Small Wars Journal

Dennis J. Woods


Command Sergeant Major Dennis J. Woods’ (U.S. Army Retired) combat tours include Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada, 1-319th AFAR 82d Airborne Division; Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia – Iraq, 2-319th AFAR 82d Airborne Division; Operation Desert Fox 1998, Qatar, 3-319th AFAR attached to 5th Group Special Forces; OEF 2 Afghanistan, HHB 319th DIVARTY 82d Airborne Division; OIF 1 Iraq, 2-3 FA, First Armored Division; OIF 6 Iraq, 2-3 FA, First Armored Division; OEF X Afghanistan, 4-319th AFAR, 173D Airborne Brigade Combat Team; OEF XIII Afghanistan, 191st Infantry Brigade, 1st Army, America’s most popular SFAT team. CSM Woods civilian education includes a Masters of Education, (training & leadership) from North Central University, Prescott AZ, and a Bachelors of Science from Excelsior, Albany, New York. CSM Woods Military education includes all NCOES courses to include the United States Sergeants Majors Academy class # 58, Army force management course, Jump Master, Drill Sergeant, US Army Recruiter, Infantry Small Arms Master Gunner, Artillery Master Gunner, Amphibious Warfare leaders course (USMC), Anti-Armor Leaders course, Machine Gun Leaders course, Artillery Mechanics repair course, Small Arms repair course, Nuclear Biological Chemical defense, and all levels of air load planning and hazmat certification USAF.

CSM Woods awards include; one distinguished service medal, one LOM, 5 BSM, 5 MSM, 4 ARCOM, 4 AAM, 1 Humanitarian service medal, 2 Armed Forces Expeditionary medals, NCOES # 4, PUCCA, JUMA unit awards, SWA, KLM, ASR, Afghanistan and Iraq service medals. German Jump Master Wings, Qatar Jump wings as part of 5th Group, Netherlands Jumpmaster wings

On his most recent tour to Afghanistan, CSM Woods pioneered the first use of artillery training rounds in combat as a form of scalable fire support designed to limit civilian death and collateral damage.  He is the author of Black Flag Journals and numerous magazine and newspaper articles. Upon retirement CSM Woods moved to Newport News, Virginia and found employment with Threat Tec LLC.

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