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Troy soldier promoted to command sergeant major

Sgt. 1st Class Christine Radloff places command sergeant major rank on her husband, Stephen W. Radloff of Troy, during a promotion ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Ill., Jan. 30. Both soldiers are with the Recruiting and Retention Battalion in Springfield.
Sgt. 1st Class Christine Radloff places command sergeant major rank on her husband, Stephen W. Radloff of Troy, during a promotion ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Ill., Jan. 30. Both soldiers are with the Recruiting and Retention Battalion in Springfield. U.S. Army National Guard

Stephen W. Radloff of Troy was promoted to the rank of command sergeant major during a promotion ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Ill., Jan. 30.

As the command sergeant major, Radloff will serve as the senior enlisted adviser to the Recruiting and Retention Battalion commander.

Radloff enlisted in the active Army in September 1993 as an infantryman and was first stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. In 1995, he deployed to Haiti with the 25th Infantry Division. From 1997 to 1999, he served as a squad leader with Company B, 3-187th Infantry at the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Ky.

He was later stationed at United States Army Recruiting Command in Chicago from 1999 to 2002. He transitioned to the Illinois Army National Guard in November 2002 as a recruiter based out of East St. Louis.

Radloff was selected as a recruiting and retention noncommissioned officer in charge in 2005 and became the Mike Company first sergeant in 2007.

Radloff deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 as a battle captain with the Bilateral Embedded Staff Team A7 and was part of Task Force White Eagle. The team provided support to the ninth rotation of Polish Forces to Afghanistan.

In October 2012, Radloff graduated from the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas.

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