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Glasgow Native Thorn Achieves Sergeant Major

The President of the United States has reposed special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity and abilities of Matthew G. Thorn. In view of these qualities and demonstrated potential for increased responsibility, you are therefore, authorized to wear the uniform and insignia of Sergeant Major, effective 12 July 2023, by order of the Governor of South Dakota. Signed Jeffrey P. Marlette, Major General, South Dakota National Guard, The Adjutant General.

SGM Matthew G. Thorn is a native of Glasgow, and he enlisted in the Army in July 1990 as a Motor Transport Operator.

He attended basic training, advanced individual training at Fort Dix New Jersey, and earned the MOS of transportation specialist (88M).

MSG Thorn has served in multiple positions throughout his career. His assignments include, Motor Transport Operator, Bridge Crew Member, Section Leader, COMSEC Custodian, Platoon Sergeant, Ammunition Logistics Specialist, Company Operations NCO, Bridge Training Team NCOIC, BN Operations Sergeant, G3 Training NCOIC, and is now serving as the Operations Sergeant Major for the 109th Regional Support Group.

His assignments since joining the AGR force include: 115th Brigade Signal Company Training NCO, 139th BSB Readiness NCO, 115th Brigade Signal Company Readiness NCO, 200th Engineer Company Readiness NCO, 153rd Engineer Battalion Operations NCO, and G3 Training NCOIC at JFHQ. SGM Thorn has completed one overseas assignment in Germany in 2001 and he deployed to Iraq in 2003-2004 and Syria in 2017-2018 for combat operations.

SGM Thorn military education includes the motor transport operator course, bridge crewmember course, information technology specialist course, ammunition manager course, primary leadership development course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic NCO Course, Advanced NCO course, Master Leader Course, Local COMSEC Account Manager Course, Unit Movement Officer Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, and the Sergeants Major Academy. His civilian education includes a high school diploma from Glasgow High School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Leadership and Workforce Development.

SGM Thorns awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), the Army Achievement Medal (6th Award), the Army Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), the National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (5th Award), the Army Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), the Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Valorous Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Citation, and the Combat Action Badge.

SGM Thorn resides in Rapid City, S.D., with his fiancé Carla. He has two children, Morgan (26), who resides in Burbank, Calif., and Chandler (28), who lives in Anaconda, Mont.


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