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State Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Dale Shetler

CSM Dale ShetlerCommand Sergeant Major Dale A. Shetler assumed duties as the 7th Indiana National Guard Command Sergeant Major/Senior Enlisted Leader on July 1, 2020. In his 34+ year career, he has served in the Regular Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard.


As State Command Sergeant Major, CSM Shetler serves as the principal enlisted advisor to the Adjutant General of Indiana, on all Soldier and Airman related matters. Together they oversee the training of approximately 15,000 Indiana National Guardsmen both in the Army and Air. CSM Shetler’s primary focus as the senior enlisted leader is to provide leadership and guidance to ensure soldier, airman, and family readiness at all times. He is also responsible for carrying out policies and setting standards for performance, training and conduct of personnel. As the State Command Sergeant Major, he is the primary mentor for the noncommissioned officers (NCOs) of the state.


CSM Shetler began his career in the United States Army in 1985. He deployed to Baghdad, Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006-2007 and to Kuwait for Operation Spartan Shield in 2019-2020. He graduated from the United States Army Sergeant Major Academy in 2006 and the Nominative Leader’s Course in 2017.


CSM Shetler has held numerous positions throughout his career, which include: Multichannel Radio Operator, Company C, 123rd Signal Battalion; Tactical Radio Team Chief, HHB, 4/333 Field Artillery; Communications Chief, Company A, 4/333 Field Artillery; Senior Maintenance Supervisor, Company A (Supply), 113th Forward Support Battalion; Battalion Maintenance Liaison, HHD, 113th Forward Support Battalion; First Sergeant, Company A (Supply), 738th Forward Support Battalion; First Sergeant, Company B (-), 638th Aviation Support Battalion; Command Sergeant Major, 138th Signal Battalion; Command Sergeant Major, 190th Transportation Battalion; Command Sergeant Major, 38th Sustainment Brigade; NCOIC Agri-Business Development Team 6-19; Command Sergeant Major, 81st Troop Command; Command Sergeant Major, 38th Infantry Division.


Command Sergeant Major Shetler earned an Associate of Science in Computer Science from Indiana University at South Bend and spent 31 years in the private sector. Most recently he served as the Vice President of Software Development at Hertzler Systems Inc., Goshen IN.


His decorations, awards, and citations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (6), National Defense Service Medal (2), Iraqi Campaign Medal with 2 Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (6), Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon (2), Army Reserve Overseas Training Ribbon, Indiana Long Service Medal, Indiana Overseas Ribbon, and Indiana Military Volunteer Emblem.

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