CSM Arnold entered the US Army Reserves in 1988 as a crane operator. After two years in college, he enlisted in active Army 1990. His first was assignment was with A Company, 79th Engineer Battalion in Karlshrue, Germany. His other assignments include A Company, 94th Engineer Battalion, Hoenfels, Germany; 227 GS Company, 129th Support Battalion, Fort Campbell, KY; 98th Maintenance Detachment, C Company, 41st Engineer Battalion, and 562nd Engineer Company in Fort Wainwright, AK; A Company, 65th Engineer Battalion, 3/364th Engineer Battalion (TS) and 73rd Engineer Company, 1/25ID where he deployed in support of OIF 04-05. His other assignments include First Sergeant of Engineer Troop, 2SCR, Vilseck, Germany whom he deployed in support of OIF 07-08 and as the Senior Military Instructor (ROTC) of Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. He has served in every leadership position from Team Leader to First Sergeant. CSM Arnold is happily married with children.
CSM Arnold’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 1 Silver Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal (seventh award), National Defense Medal (second award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, NCO Professional Development ribbon (fourth award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (fifth award), Multinational Force Observers Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award, Combat Action Badge, Sapper Tab, Air Assault and Pathfinder Badge. CSM Arnold is also the recipient of the Engineer Bronze DeFleury Medal.
CSM Arnold’s military education includes Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Battle Staff Course, Equal Opportunity Representative Course, USAF Airlift Planners Course, Army Commercial Drivers Licensing, Physical Readiness Training Leader Course, Firefighter Type 2 Course, Sapper Leaders Course, Pathfinders Course, Air Assault Course, First Sergeants Course, and United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 62). CSM Arnold is currently enrolled in Excelsior College completing his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Administration/Management Studies from Excelsior College.