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Command Sergeant Major of Brooke Army Medical Center

CSM Thomas R. Oates completed Basic Training at Fort Jackson SC. He then went on to complete Advanced Individual Training as a Combat Medic at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

He has served in a variety of assignments including: Womack Army Medical Center 2 tours; 558th Ground Ambulance Company (Camp Humphrey's Korea); Victory Brigade Fort Jackson SC; 3rd BN 7th Infantry Division (Fort Stewart GA); Fox Army Health Center (Redstone Arsenal); Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment 56th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 602nd Area Support Medical Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment 1st Infantry Division, Reynolds Army Community Hospital Fort Sill OK, and 32nd MED BDE, JBSA. His operational and combat tours include Kosovo in support of KFOR 7A, Multinational Force and Observers, Sinai Egypt; Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

His military education includes but is not limited to Warrior Leader Course, Instructor Trainer Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, First Sergeants Course, Basic Healthcare Administrator Course, Master Resilience Trainer Course, AMEDD Executive Skills Course, the Joint Medical Executive Skills Institute and The United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.

CSM Oates has served with distinction in all enlisted leadership positions from Squad Leader through Command Sergeant Major. His positions of increased responsibility include Line Medic, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Detachment Sergeant, NCOIC of Primary Care Clinic, Plans and Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant, Senior Medical NCO, Chief Medical NCO, and Command Sergeant Major.

His civilian education includes an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Columbia College of Missouri. He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University.

A few of his awards and decorations include but are not limited to the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters; Army Commendation Medal with five oak leaf clusters; Army Achievement Medal with seven oak leaf clusters; Good Conduct Medal; Noncommissioned Officer's Development Ribbon, and the Expert Field Medical Badge. CSM Oates is a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and the Order of Military Medical Merit.