Downey, William A.

Sgt Maj., U.S. Army, Senior Enlisted Advisor, DLA Joint Reserve Force


Sgt. Maj. William Downey was born in Philadelphia, PA. He enlisted into the Active Army in July 1985. He attended Basic Combat Training (BCT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Jackson, S.C. Upon completion of training, he was awarded the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 92Y, Unit Supply Specialist.


ASSIGNMENTS: Sgt. Maj. Downey’s assignments and duty positions include HHD, 2/59th Air Defense Artillery, Schwabach, Germany (Supply Specialist); HQs, 390th Personnel Group, Richmond, VA (Supply Sergeant); A Co, 2nd BN, 7th BDE, 80th DIV, Fort Lee, VA (Human Resource Sergeant); HQs, 43rd AG BN, Fort Leonard Wood, MO (Human Resource NCO); E Co, 2nd BN, 7th BDE, 80th DIV, Fort Lee, VA (Drill Sergeant); HQs, 80th DIV, Richmond, VA (Operations NCO); HQs, 80th DIV, Richmond, VA (Human Resources NCOIC); HQs, 94th Training Division, Fort Lee, VA (First Sergeant); HQs, 80th Training Command, Richmond, VA (Equal Opportunity Advisor); Third Army/USARCENT, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait (Equal Opportunity Advisor/SHARP Specialist); DLA-Distribution, New Cumberland, PA (Senior Enlisted Leader); CJTF-HOA, Camp Lemonier, Djibouti (Warfighter Support/Joint Forces Liaison); HQ, DLA Army Reserve Element (ARE), Fort Belvoir, VA (Senior Enlisted Leader).


EDUCATION: Sgt. Maj. Downey received his associate degree in Computer Networking Technology from ECPI University, his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Building Construction Technology from Norfolk State University, his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from American Military University, and his Master of Science in Management Degree from Excelsior College. His military education includes United States Army Sergeants Majors Academy, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course, Master Resilience Trainer Assistant Course, SHARP Foundation Course, SARC/VA Career Course, Staff and Faculty Development Course, Defense Equal Opportunity Advisors Course, Budget Management Course, First Sergeant Course, Advance Non-Commissioned Officers Course, Drill Sergeant School, Combat Lifesavers Course, Instructor and Small Group Training Course; Basic Non Commissioned Officers Course, Master Fitness School, Primary Leadership and Development Course.


AWARDS: Sgt. Maj. Downey’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Good Conduct Medal, the Superior Civilian Service Award, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Ribbon with M device and gold hourglass, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 4, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Reserves Overseas Training Ribbon with numeral 2, and the Drill Sergeant Badge.