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Press Release
July 29, 2008
Conley new state Command Sergeant Major for Oregon Army National Guard
Brunk W. Conley of Sublimity, Ore. was appointed as the new State Command Sergeant Major in July 2008 by Maj. General Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General of the Oregon National Guard. The rank refers to the highest enlisted rank, just above First Sergeant. The leadership position, Command Sergeant Major, is the senior enlisted advisor to the commanding officer and carries with it certain ceremonial functions such as caring for the unit's colors (flag). Additionally, they serve as monitors for, and advocates of, the enlisted menand women in the command. This position exists in units of battalion size and larger.

Brunk W. Conley enlisted in the United States Army in the Delayed Entry Program in December 1981. He reported to Infantry Basic and Advanced Infantry Training at Ft. Benning, Georgia on August 2, 1982. Upon completion of Basic/AIT he reported to Airborne School with a follow-on assignment at Ft. Lewis Washington to A Company, 3rd Platoon 2-75 (Ranger). He held positions as a rifleman, grenadier, automatic rifleman, senior rifleman and team leader. In 1986, his last year of active duty he was placed on special duty orders at Huckleberry Creek Mountain Training Camp as a Mountaineering Instructor. Upon completion of his initial enlistment he left active duty and joined the Oregon Army National Guard. His first assignment was as a scout section leader with 1-249 (TLAT) in Silverton, Oregon. He then moved to a squad leader position with 2nd Battalion 162 Infantry based in Tigard, Oregon and then moved to a new assignment with E Company. 1st Battalion, 162 Infantry as a Platoon Sergeant. His next leadership assignment was in Corvallis, Oregon as company First Sergeant, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 162 Infantry in March of 2001. In October of 2003 he was selected as Command Sergeant Major of 2nd Battalion, 162 Infantry headquartered in Cottage Grove, Ore. In that same month the battalion was activated into federal active duty and was attached to the 39th Brigade Combat Team of Little Rock, Arkansas, which was subsequently attached to the 1st Cavalry Division. The division served in Operation Iraqi Freedom II. The division and CSM Conley's battalion returned to the Continental United States in late March of 2005. Upon completion of his tour in Baghdad, he was selected as the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Command Sergeant Major. Under Brig. Gen. Douglas Pritt, the 41st Brigade Headquarters Deployed as the Headquarters (HQ) for Task Force Phoenix V in Kabul, Afghanistan. The HQ was responsible for the training, equipping, and stationing of the Afghan National Army. In the middle of the deployment, the 41st was given the same responsibility for the Afghan National Police.

CSM Conley has received the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with "4" device, Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Medal, Oregon Distinguished Service Medal, Oregon Meritorious Service Medal, Oregon Faithful Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M" device, Oregon Emergency Service Ribbon, and the Oregon Superior Soldier Ribbon. CSM Conley has also been awarded the Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Expert Marksmanship Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

Born in Albany, Ore. of Brunk J. and Mona Conley of Albany and LaPine, Ore., he spent the majority of his early life in Sweet Home, Albany and then graduated from Stayton Union High School. His father is a retired Oregon National Guardsman and his son Nick is currently a 1st Lieutenant in B Company, 2nd Batttalion, 162nd Infantry based in Corvallis.

CSM Conley has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Western Oregon University and a Master's Degree in Political Science from American Military University. In civilian life he is a high school chemistry/physics teacher. He has completed numerous military courses including the Basic Airborne Course, Jungle Operations Training Center Course (2), Ranger School, Pathfinder Course, Primary Non-commissioned Officer's Course, Jumpmaster Course, Special Operations Training Course, Northern Warfare Training Center Instructors Course, Basic Non-commissioned Officer's Course, Advanced Non-commissioned Officer's Course, and the United States Army Sergeant's Major Academy Non-resident course.

Conley and his wife, Laura, have five sons, Brunk V., Nicholas, Jacob, Zachary, and Lucas.