Command Sergeant Major (R) Joseph M. Bossi entered the U.S. Army in 1956. While in the Army he has served four tours in Germany, three combat tours in Vietnam and one tour each in Thailand and Italy.
His stateside assignments include duty with the 101st Airborne Division, Ft. Campbell, KY; B Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry and the 506th Airborne Infantry, Ft. Campbell, KY. CSM Bossi has served in numerous noncommissioned officer leadership positions. Highlights of these assignments are: First Sergeant, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry, Ft. Campbell, KY; CSM, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry, Germany; CSM, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Armored Division, Germany; and CSM, Special Troop 7th Corps, Germany. In July of 1984, CSM Bossi was selected to stay in the U.S. Army past 30 years. On July 9th, 1986, CSM Bossi assumed duties as CSM, Fourth United States Army, Ft. Sheridan, Illinois. CSM Bossi retired with 33 years of service.
He has attended numerous Army schools to include the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, the Sergeants Major Academy, class 10, Basic Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Demolitions and Mine Warfare School, Special Warfare School, Combat Intelligence School and Air Assault School.
His awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Laotian Jump Wings, Special Forces Tab, German Marksmanship Badge in Gold, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, four Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Services Medal, two Air Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm, Presidential Unit Citation and the Meritorious Unit Commendation (1Oak Leaf Cluster).