Command Sergeant Major Donald D. Shiner is the Pennsylvania National Guard Command Sergeant Major a position he assumed in April 2005. He is assigned to the Pennsylvania Joint Force Headquarters, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, Pa. He is the Senior Enlisted member of the Pennsylvania National Guard. In this position, he advises The Adjutant General on enlisted policy. His primary focus is to ensure the Soldiers and Airmen of the Pennsylvania National Guard are informed on standards, policies, and to ensure the state headquarters is responsive to Soldier and Airman needs and concerns.
CSM Shiner was born in Lebanon, Pa. He later moved on to the Philadelphia area and completed his schooling graduating from W.B. Saal High School in June 1967 and in the fall of that year entered The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa.
CSM Shiner joined the United States Army in July 1968 and completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Bragg, N.C., in October 1968, followed by Advanced Individual Training at the United States Army Military Police School at Fort Gordon, Ga., where he graduated in March 1969 as a military policeman. His first assignment following training was in Kaiserslautern and Zweibrucken, Germany. CSM Shiner fulfilled his active duty commitment with the Military Police Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., in December 1972.
CSM Shiner entered the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in July 1982 as an Intelligence Analyst with Headquarters Battery, 28th Division Artillery in Hershey, Pa. In 1983, he was transferred to the 28th Finance Company, 28th Infantry Division Support Command, Lebanon, Pa., where he was assigned as a Quality Assurance Specialist. In April 1984, he became a full-time Guardsman as a Unit Administrator for the 28th Finance Company, 28th Infantry Division Support Command and the 213th Area Support Group. He continued his assignment with the 28th Finance Support Unit in 1989, serving in numerous traditional and full-time duty assignments each with greater responsibilities.
CSM Shiner was mobilized in March 1991 for “Operation Desert Storm,” and was detailed to Fort Dix, New Jersey where he served as a Special Actions NCO. In October 1991, he demobilized, returned to the 28th Finance Support Unit and was reassigned as the full-time Operations, Training, and Readiness Specialist. In 1995, the 28th Finance Support Unit was reorganized to the 28th Finance Battalion where he became the Battalion’s first Command Sergeant Major.
In October 1995, his full-time duties were transferred to Headquarters, State Area Command, where he was assigned as a Budget Assistant, Directorate of Personnel, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. In September 2002, his traditional duty assignment was transferred to the United States Property and Fiscal Office as a Senior Resource Management NCO.
In November 1997, he was reassigned full time in the Directorate of Personnel as a Military Personnel Specialist, spearheading the organization’s Casualty Assistance Program and the training of Soldiers in casualty operations at the onset of the Global War on Terror.
CSM Shiner is a graduate of numerous military courses and schools to include the United States Army Command Sergeants Major Course and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas; Defense Security Service and Personnel Security Management Course; the United States Army Fiscal Law Course; TRICARE Health Benefits Management Course; Leadership Preparatory Training; and numerous TRADOC instructor qualification courses.
CSM Shiner’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster; Army Commendation Medal with silver oak leaf cluster; Army Achievement Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters; Army Good Conduct, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with the numeral 4; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hour Glass and the Mobilization M-Device; National Defense Service Medal with two bronze service stars; Pennsylvania Distinguished Service Medal with one silver star; Pennsylvania Meritorious Service Medal with one silver star; Pennsylvania Commendation Medal; Pennsylvania Service Medal; and the Governor’s Unit Citation.
CSM Shiner and his wife, Cynthia, reside in Lebanon, Pa area. They have three sons, a daughter and four grandchildren.