Sergeant Major Shantae D. Gordon is the sergeant major of Tobyhanna Army Depot, the Defense Department’s largest facility for the repair, overhaul and integration of Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems. The depot, located in Northeastern Pennsylvania, employs over 4,000 personnel.
As sergeant major, her responsibilities include overseeing mission requirements, and quality of life issues on the depot and in the local community. She advises the commander on all matters relating to Soldiers, the civilian workforce and their family members. In addition, she serves as the voice of the warfighters who use depot-repaired equipment once it arrives on the battlefield.
Gordon enlisted in the United States Army on Sept. 12, 1997. She attended basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and advanced individual training as a supply specialist at Fort Lee, Virginia.
She has served in staff and leadership positions at stateside and overseas military installations. Before assuming duties here, the sergeant major served as the senior logistics service supervisor during an assignment to Fort Gordon, Georgia. While in Kuwait, she was the logistics sergeant major for Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. An assignment to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, DC, offered Gordon an opportunity to hone her skills as noncommissioned officer (NCO) at the White House Communications Agency Travel Sustainment Facility. Midway through her career, Gordon tested her mettle while assigned to three leadership positions during a tour of duty at Fort Riley, Kansas -- two as a supply NCO and later as a first sergeant. She has traveled to Germany twice, first to serve as a supply clerk and armorer and a few years later as the supply NCO for a military police battalion criminal investigation division. Prior to her second tour to Germany, Gordon performed duties as the supply sergeant, property book NCO and property book clerk while stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Gordon’s deployments include an operational tour to Kuwait, two combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, a logistical support tour to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and two stabilization tours to Bosnia during operations Joint Guard and Joint Forge.
The sergeant major’s military education includes the Army Sergeants Major Course, Joint Logistics Course, Company Commander-First Sergeant Pre-Command Course, Master Resilience Training Course, Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officers Course, Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Course, Senior Leader Course, Contracting Officer’s Representative Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Advance Leaders Course, Basic Leaders Course, Transportation of Hazardous Materials Course, Small Arms Maintenance Course, and Logistics System Course.
Gordon’s awards and decorations include the Presidential Service Badge, Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster (OLC); Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with two OLCs; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Commendation Medal with two OLCs, Achievement Medal with two OLCs, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal with two silver knots, National Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one bronze star, Iraq Campaign Medal with one bronze star; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral Five; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral Five; NATO Medal with two bronze stars. She is also the recipient of The Quartermaster Honorable Order of Saint Martin, The Armor Order of Saint George and The Bronze Order of Mercury.