Command Sergeant Major Martin S. Celestine is a native of St. Thomas V.I. and enlisted in the United States Army in August 1990. He completed Infantryman’s One Station Unit Training (OSUT) and Basic Bradley Crew Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. CSM Celestine has served in every leadership position in the Infantry from Team Leader, Bradley Section Sergeant, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Operations Sergeant Major, and Command Sergeant Major.
Throughout CSM Celestine’s 27 years of service, his assignments include: Bradley Fighting Vehicle Infantryman/Rifleman, 2nd -15th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division(M), Schweinfurt, Germany; Bradley Gunner/Dismount Team Leader, 1/5 Cavalry Division(M), Fort Hood, Texas; Bradley Section Sergeant/Squad Leader 1/6 IN, 3rd Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany; Drill Sergeant/Drill Sergeant of Year, 1/19 IN, Fort Benning, Georgia; Platoon Sergeant/First Sergeant, 1/15 IN, 3rd IN Division(M), Fort Benning, Georgia; First Sergeant, 1/30 IN, 3RD IN Division, Fort Benning, Georgia; Senior Enlisted Military Instructor, University Of Central Florida, 6th Brigade Eastern Region Army ROTC; First Sergeant, 1/72 Armored Battalion, Camp Casey Korea; First Sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1/72 Armor Battalion, Camp Casey Korea; First Sergeant, 3/47 IN, Basic Combat Training Brigade, Fort Benning, Georgia; Operation Sergeant Major, 3/47 IN, Basic Combat Training Brigade, Fort Benning, Georgia; and served as the Command Sergeant Major for The Multinational Counter Improvised Explosive Device Observer Controller Training Team, Joint Multinational Training Center Hohenfels, Germany, CSM 1/4 Infantry, CSM 1ST Squadron, 2ND Cavalry Regiment, CSM 2D Calvary Regiment, CSM 1ST Brigade, 1ST Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; CSM 5TH Armor Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas.
CSM Celestine’s awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Ribbon (6th Award), Army Commendation Medal (8th award), Army Commendation Medal (V Device), Army Achievement Medal (5th award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (9th award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal—Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal—Campaign Star, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Non- Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (5th award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th award), NATO Medal, Drill Sergeant Badge, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.
CSM Celestine’s deployments include Operation Able Sentry in Macedonia, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Joint Endeavor.
CSM Celestine is a graduate of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle IO Course, Bradley Fighting Vehicle Evaluator Course, Drill Sergeant School, Ranger School, Airborne School, Battle Staff Course Cadre Instructor Training Course, Master Fitness Training Course, Joint Professional Senior Enlisted Course, Combative Levels 3, and a graduate of the United States Sergeants Major Academy, Class 60.
CSM Celestine holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Troy State University and a Certificate of Training in Homeland Security from Webster University.