U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox Leadership
Brigadier General Peggy C. Combs was commissioned a Regular Army second lieutenant in the United States Army Chemical Corps in May 1985, as a distinguished military graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. Throughout her 28 year service tenure, Brigadier General Combs has served in a variety of leadership and staff positions at the tactical, operational and strategic levels.
Tactical assignments include a myriad of diverse staff officer positions at the battalion, brigade and division level, in the 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia, and at the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Command assignments include Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Commander, 84th Chemical Battalion, and Commander 3rd Chemical Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Brigadier General Combs served at the joint operational level as the Joint Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Operations Officer during Operation Enduring Freedom, for the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), MacDill AFB, Florida, and as the Chief of Staff for the Iraq Training and Advisory Mission, United States Forces-Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq. Strategic level assignments include duty at the National Ground Intelligence Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, and as the Chief, Full Dimension Protection Division, DCS G8, US Army Pentagon, Washington, DC. Brigadier General Combs served as the Deputy Commanding General, US Army Cadet Command (ROTC) and Fort Knox, Fort Knox, Kentucky. She most recently served as the 27th Chief of Chemical and Commandant, US Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. From 21 May-27 August 2013, Brigadier General Combs simultaneously served as the Commanding General, US Army Training Center and Fort Jackson, Fort Jackson, South Carolina. On 6 March 2014, Brigadier General Combs assumed command of the US Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Brigadier General Combs' military education includes the US Army Command and General Staff College, and the US Army War College. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Syracuse University, a Master of Science Degree from Saint Mary College, and a Master of Strategic Arts Degree from the US Army War College.
Brigadier General Combs' awards and decorations include the Army Legion of Merit (two oak leaf clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal (five oak leaf clusters), the Joint Service Achievement Medal (one oak leaf cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (three oak leaf clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (one oak leaf cluster), the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.
CSM Howard has held numerous leadership positions, which include: Howitzer Section Chief, Gunnery Sergeant, Chief of Firing Battery, First Sergeant, Brigade Operations Sergeant Major, Battalion Command Sergeant Major (1-319 AFAR), Command Sergeant Major of the 82nd Airborne Division Artillery (Divarty), Command Sergeant Major of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Commandant of the XVIII Airborne Corps NCO Academy, Command Sergeant Major of Task Force Bragg III, and served as the Command Sergeant of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg until July 2012. Currently he is assigned as the U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox Command Sergeant Major.
His assignments include the XVIII Airborne Corps and the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC, SETAF Vicenza Italy, 2nd Infantry Division Camp Stanley, Korea, Drill Instructor Fort Dix, New Jersey, the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Bliss, Texas, and the 3rd Armored Division, Hanau Germany. His deployments include Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Command Sergeant Major Howard’s awards and decorations include the following: Legion of Merit (2 OLC), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), Southwest Asia Service Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, German Parachutist Badge, the Egyptian Parachutist Badge, the Irish Parachutist Badge, and the Chilean Parachutist Badge.
He has attended and graduated from all NCO Developmental Schools to include the United States Army’s Sergeants Major Academy.