Sergeant First Class Andrew E. Dearden
Sergeant First Class Andrew E. Dearden entered the Army on 19 June 2000 and completed OSUT training at Ft. Benning Georgia (C Co. 2-54 INF.) as an 11B Infantryman. His military education includes Airborne School; United States Army Ranger School; Basic Military Mountaineer Course; Army Basic Instructor Course; Tactics Certification Course Combat Life Saver Course; Primary Leadership Development Course; Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course; and the Maneuver Senior Leader Course.
SFC Dearden’s duty assignments and positions include Schofield Barracks Hawaii (1st Battalion 14th Infantry “Golden Dragons”), Camp Casey Korea (1st Battalion 503rd Infantry “The Rock”), Ft. Carson Colorado (1st Battalion 503rd Infantry “The Rock”), Ft Riley Kansas (2nd Battalion 16th Infantry “Rangers”), Dahlonega Georgia (5th Ranger Training Battalion) and Ft. Bragg North Carolina (2nd Battalion 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment “White Falcons”). SFC Dearden has held every position from Rifleman to Ranger Instructor, including Scout Platoon Sergeant. His deployments and combat experience include Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia Herzegovina; combat operations in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom III, and V, as well as Operation New Dawn. SFC Dearden is currently an Army ROTC Military Science Instructor at Troy University in Troy, Alabama.
SFC Dearden’s awards, decorations, and badges include; the Bronze Star Medal; the Army Commendation Medal With (1) Silver Oak Leaf Cluster; the Army Achievement Medal With (3) Oak Leaf Cluster; Presidential Unit Citation Award; Valorous Unit Award; the Army Good Conduct Medal (5) Knots; the National Defense Service Medal; the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; the Iraqi Campaign Medal (2) Bronze Campaign Star; the Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal; the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3); the Army Service Ribbon; the Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 4); the NATO Medal; the Korea Defense Service Medal; the Combat Infantryman’s Badge; the Expert Infantryman Badge; Ranger Tab; Parachutist Badge; and Latvian National Armed Forces Parachutist Wings.