Command Sergeant Major Martin S. Celestine is a native of Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and enlisted in the United States Army in August 1990. He completed Infantry One Station Unit Training (OSUT) and Basic Bradley Crew Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. 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 Celestine’s 27 years of service, his assignments include: Bradley Fighting Vehicle Infantryman/Rifleman; 2nd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), Schweinfurt, Germany; Bradley gunner/dismount team leader, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Division (Mechanized), Fort Hood, Texas; Bradley section sergeant/squad leader, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Baumholder, Germany; drill sergeant/drill sergeant of year, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning; platoon sergeant/first sergeant, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Benning; first sergeant, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning; senior enlisted military instructor, University Of Central Florida, 6th Brigade Eastern Region Army ROTC; first sergeant, 1st Battalion, 72nd Armored Regiment, Camp Casey, Republic of Korea; first sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 72nd Armored Regiment, Camp Casey; first sergeant, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, Basic Combat Training Brigade, Fort Benning; and operation sergeant major, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, Basic Combat Training Brigade, Fort Benning. As a command sergeant major, he has served as the Multinational Counter Improvised Explosive Device Observer Controller Training Team, Joint Multinational Training Center, at Hohenfels, Germany; 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment; 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment; 2nd Cavalry Regiment; 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, at Fort Bliss, Texas; and 5th Armored Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas.
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.
Celestine’s deployments include Operation Able Sentry in Macedonia, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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.
Celestine holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Troy State University in Alabama and a Certificate of Training in Homeland Security from Webster University in Missouri.