Title: Command Sergeant Major
Company: United States Army
Location: Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Andrew N. Winfree, Retired Command Sergeant Major with the United States Army, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Military for dedication, achievements, and leadership in military service.
Revered for his military service, Mr. Winfree began his career as an infantryman with the Second Airborne Battle Group of the 187th Infantry of the United States Army between 1957 and 1960. Thereafter, he joined the Second and 11th Special Forces Group Airborne as a weapons specialist from 1963 to 1965, demolition specialist from 1967 to 1968, operations and intelligence sergeant from 1970 to 1973 and first sergeant of the HHC Support Battalion from 1973 to 1976. Going forward, he excelled as a first sergeant of HHC with the Seventh Psychological Battalion DS from 1976 to 1979. He continued his career as a command sergeant major with the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade from 1979 to 1986, the 97th Army Reserve Command from 1986 to 1989 and the Fifth Psychological Operations Group from 1989 to 1993. Though his career has been suffused with highlights, he is most proud to have marched with the 97th ARCOM during the Entombment of the Vietnam War’s Unknown Soldier.
While on active duty, Mr. Winfree obtained an Associate of Applied Science in electrical technology and a Bachelor of Science in electrical technology from Capitol Technical University in 1965 and 1966 respectively. Thereafter, he completed coursework at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy in 1979. Supplementing his professional career as an accomplished author, he has published works such as “Fire It! Lt. John R. Fox, MOH – The African American Artilleryman in World War II,” “Footprints of Afro Americans in Alexandria” and “We Aim to Learn.” Additionally, he has maintained professional affiliations with organizations such as the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Retiree Council, the Washington Chapter of the Special Forces Association, the Association of the United States Army, the Army Historical Foundation, the Special Forces Association and the Buffalo Soldiers Historical Group. Upon completion of his service, he found notable success as an electronic technician with Verizon for nearly 20 years.
For his accomplishments, Mr. Winfree is proud to have been recognized as an inductee of the Charles Houston Recreation Center Alexandria African American Hall of Fame, the Man of the Year of the 555th Chapter of the Special Forces Association and an Outstanding Soldier by the 11th Special Forces Group Airborne. Throughout his career, he has been presented with a multitude of accolades, most notably the Meritorious Service Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, an Army Commendation Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters, an Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with Six Oak Leaf Clusters, an Army Achievement Medal, a National Defense Service Medal and an Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Second Ten Year Device. Above all, he attributes his success to his upbringing. Looking toward the future, his goal is to partake in a tandem jump on a Rhine River Tour.
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