Command Sergeant Major Clifford J. Ockman
Command Sergeant Major Ockman enlisted in the United States Army in 1989 as an airborne infantryman and in 1997, transferred to the Louisiana Army National Guard and is currently an Active Guard Reserve Soldier.
CSM Ockman has served in various positions throughout his active duty and National Guard career. He has served in the 82nd Airborne Division 1/325 and Division Long Range Surveillance Detachment, 18th Airborne Corps Long Range Surveillance Company, 25th Infantry Division 4/87 and as a Pre-Ranger Instructor, and 2/156 Infantry Battalion. On 1 December 2005, he was promoted to CSM, and has since served as a CSM for the 1/141st Field Artillery Battalion, 199th Regiment-Regional Training Institute, 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and the 139th Regional Support Group. He has also served as the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Louisiana Construction and Facilities Management Office and the Louisiana National Guard’s Reintegration Office. Most recently, he served as the Regimental CSM/Commandant of the Louisiana NCOA. He was appointed to his current positon as the Louisiana Army National Guard CSM on 1 November 2017.
He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm, Operation Uphold Democracy, and Operation Iraqi Freedom III.
CSM Ockman’s civilian and military education includes Bachelor of Science and Associates in Science degrees from Excelsior College in New York. He is also a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Course and the Nominative Leader Course.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4th award), Army Commendation Medal (5th award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd award), Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (5th award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 BSS), Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forced Reserve Medal with “M” device and Bronze Hour Glass, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 6), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait), Louisiana Legion of Merit, Louisiana Commendation Medal, Louisiana War Cross, Louisiana Emergency Service Ribbon (6th award), Louisiana General Excellence Medal (5th award), Louisiana Longevity Ribbon (4th award), New York Medal for Merit, Meritorious Unit Commendation (2nd award), Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge (2nd award), Expert Infantryman’s Badge, recipient of the 2005 1SG Jerry Galloway First Sergeant of the Year Award, 2016 LAARNG CSM of the Year Award, and is the recipient of the Order of Saint Maurice (Primicerius).
He is married to the former Valerie Bordelon, and they have one son, Sergeant Cameron Ockman, who is also a member of the Louisiana Army National Guard.