National Commander

The National Commander of Combat Infantrymen’s Association, CSM (R) Frederick F. Bourjaily, is a dedicated and diligent leader who values open communication with all CIBA Members. He has maintained an “Open Door Policy” throughout his time in active service and as Commander. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the National Commander.

Commander’s Corner

Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Frederick F. Bourjaily, USA Ret. & National Commander CIBA weekly update to the Combat Infantrymen’s Association Membership. You can see all the weekly videos available on our CIBA Youtube Page.

Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Frederick F. Bourjaily, USA Ret

CSM Bourjaily enlisted in the US Army on April 2, 1969 completing Basic and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Knox, Kentucky August 1969.  Following AIT he was selected to attend the US Army Leadership Academy graduating in November 1969 as a Sergeant E-5.  After successfully completing the Leadership Academy, he was stationed at Ft Carson, Colorado as a Platoon Sergeant with the 5th Infantry Division.  He deployed to the Republic of Vietnam in February 1970, assigned to the following units, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal), 196th Light Infantry Brigade (LIB), F Troop 17th Calvary (Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol), US Marine Corp 1st Battalion/5th Marine Regiment (Geronimo) 1st Marine Division and the Republic of Korea 2nd Marine Corp Brigade (Blue Dragons).  He returned from Vietnam in December 1970 and reenlisted into the all-volunteer Army in January 1976 and retired on August 30, 2009.

CSM Bourjaily’s duties and assignments as a Noncommissioned Officer in the US Army Reserves included: Drill Sergeant, Infantry One Stage Unit Training (OSUT) and Senior Drill Sergeant – Fort Benning, Georgia, Senior Instructor (11B Reclass and Advanced Non-Commissioned Officers Course (ANCOC), First Sergeant and CSM.  He was mobilized for Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Noble Eagle and Operations Enduring/Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned to198th Infantry Brigade OSUT Ft. Benning, Georgia.  He has served with many units both Active Component and Reserve throughout his career.

His military education and courses include: Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Non-commissioned Officers Course, ANCOC, First Sergeant Course, Battle Staff Course, Drill Sergeant Academy, Combatives Course Ft. Benning, GA and Sergeants Major Academy. 

His awards and decorations include: The Combat Infantryman Badge, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC), Meritorious Service Medal w/OLC, Commendation Medal w/Silver OLC, Army Achievement Medal w/3 OLC, Marine Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal w/Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/M Device and Numeral 2, NCO Development Ribbon w/Numeral 5, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and numerous other awards and decorations.

Letter from the CIBA National Commander 2023

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