Command Sergeant Major James B. Kendrick is the State Command Sergeant Major for the Florida Army National Guard and the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Assistant Adjutant General – Army, headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida.
Command Sergeant Major Kendrick enlisted in the active Army in 1989, following graduation from Bradford County High School, and served as a Combat Engineer with the 9th Engineer Battalion in Aschaffenburg, Germany. While assigned with the 9th Engineer Battalion, he deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. After completing his deployment and active duty tour, in 1991 he transitioned to the Florida Army National Guard with assignment to the 153rd Engineer Company in Lake City.
Command Sergeant Major Kendrick volunteered for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician duty in 1993, and served with the 221st Ordnance Company where he excelled through the ranks to the position of First Sergeant. In 2006, as First Sergeant, he deployed with the 221st Ordnance Company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, coordinating three explosive ordnance disposal teams operating in Kuwait, Iraq, and Qatar. In 2008, he was selected for promotion to Sergeant Major and transferred to the Joint Force Headquarters, G3 (Operations and Training) Directorate. In 2013, he was selected for appointment to Command Sergeant Major for the 211th Regiment, Regional Training Institute where he served as Commandant for the Noncommissioned Officer Academy. Additional leadership tours include serving as Command Sergeant Major for the 753rd Brigade Engineer Battalion and as Command Sergeant Major for the 83rd Troop Command. Additionally, he has served as a full- time employee with the Joint Force Headquarters, G1 (Military Personnel) Directorate.
Command Sergeant Major Kendrick is a graduate of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Non-Resident Course (Class 36). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Studies from Charter Oak State College and a Master of Science in Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His numerous awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award), Army Commendation Medal (4th Award), Southwest Asia Service Medal (2nd Award), Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Florida Distinguished Service Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge, and French Armed Forces Commando Badge. He is a recipient of the Ordnance Association's Order of Samuel Sharpe award.