Gary Iverson
Commander - Army

Veteran of the Year for 2018-2019

Name:  Iverson, Gary R.                                                                  Date: 25 October 2018




Primary MOS:    12X60                                                                  Duty MOS:  12X60


Present grade:   CSM (Ret)                                                                           Date of rank:  1 May 2000


Years of active service and BASD:  NA      


Total years of service and PEBD:  38yrs 24 days,   enlisted 3 Dec 1977 - Discharged 27 Dec 2015


Date of Birth:   30 July 1958                                                         Place of birth: Buffalo, WY


Civilian education:   University of  Mississippi, Bachelor of Science Business Administration (1988);  Pearl River Junior College, Associates General Education (1986) ;  New Rockford North Dakota High School  (1977)                          


Military education:

Region III NGB NCO School PLDC (1986)

MS Military Academy, BNCOC PH I (1989)

SCARNG Training Center, Military Quality Control (1991)

MS Military Academy, Master Fitness Trainers Course (1993)

Region III NGB NCO School, BF-ITC (1993)

3390th USARF, Construction EN (51 CMF) (1995)

3292 USARF, Carpentry/Masonry (51B) (1995)

3390th USARF, ANCOC Ph I (1996)

164th RTI-ND ANCOC Ph II (1998)

USATC, Sergeant Majors Course (2002)

Combat Lifesaver Course (2008)


Decorations, awards, and citations (spelled out in order of precedence):

Meritorious Unit Citation Operation Enduring Freedom 2009

Bronze Star Medal (2)

Army commendation Medal

Army Achievement Medal

Good Conduct Medal

Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (6)

National Defense Service Medal (2)

Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Star

Iraq Campaign Medal with Star

Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terror Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal (2)

Armed Forces Reserve Medal (M, gold hour glass 2)

NCO Professional Development Ribbon (4)

Overseas Service Ribbon(2)  

Army Overseas Training Ribbon (7)

Army Service Ribbon

Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon (3)

NATO Medal


Civilian affiliations:

Armed Forces Top Enlisted Association Magnolia Chapter (life member)

Veterans of Foreign Wars (life member)

Military Order of the Cootie (life member)

Enlisted Association Mississippi National Guard (life member)

EANGUS (life member)

Wounded Minutemen of Mississippi

Army Engineer Association (life member)

Deacon/Treasurer Oak Grove Baptist Church Hattiesburg, MS

VFW Riders Group 3036 (Life Member)


Significant experience (include duty status and primary civilian occupation or AGR:



Command Sergeant Major 168th EN BDE (Active Duty Operation Enduring Freedom)

Command Sergeant Major 890th EN BN (Active Duty Operation Iraqi Freedom)

First Sergeant (Traditional) (Annual Training in Belize)

Construction Inspector (Traditional)

Construction Equipment Supervisor (traditional) (Annual Training in Honduras)

Howitzer 110 A1 Assistant Gunner/Driver (Traditional)



Operation and Maintenance Superintendent DPW CSJFTC

Military Order of the Cootie Past Grand Commander of Mississippi (2016-2017), Provost Marshal 2018 - Present

Military Order of the Cootie Pup tent 7 Past Seam Squirrel (2015-2016), Provost Marshal 2018

Board of Directors Wounded Minutemen of Mississippi (Charter member 2010)

VFW House Committee Chairman 2013-2016, Sr. Vic 2018-Present

Armed Forces Top Enlisted Association Magnolia Chapter Board of Directors (Charter Member 2011)

VFW Riders Group 3036 Co chairman (Founder and Charter member 2015)

Deacon (2008) /Treasurer (2016) Oak Grove Baptist Church Hattiesburg, MS

VFW 3036 Rifle Team (2017)

VA Bus driver (2013)


 Addition: 2 October 2018

VFW 3036 "Hippie Bush” run. Raised over $1000 for Widow Lynn Bush.

Charter Board Member of the Hattiesburg Veterans Day Parade.

Organized fundraisers, safety rides, and auction, to help raise $18,000 to purchase service dag for a Veterans Autistic son.

Support Wreaths Across America and places wreathes at VA cemeteries

Places flags on Veterans graves on Memorial Day

Support VFW programs Voice of Democracy, Patriates Pen, and Teacher of the year.  Pass out packets make presentations.

VA Hospital Biloxi carnival and bingo

VA Home Collins Bingo

Escort and Flag line at Veterans funerals.