U.S. ARMY INSTITUTE OF SURGICAL RESEARCH
"Optimizing Combat Casualty Care"

USAISR Leadership

1SG

SGM WILLIAM POIST

SERGEANT MAJOR, USAISR

Sergeant Major Poist is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and enlisted in the United States Army in February 1990 as a Mechanized Infantryman.

He attended basic combat training and advance individual training at Fort Benning, Georgia graduating in December 1990. He later reenlisted as a Radiology Specialist and completed the Radiology Specialist course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in 1994.

Sergeant Major Poist has served in multiple leadership positions from Rifle Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Chief Radiology Instructor Writer, Chief Radiology Noncommissioned Officer, and Chief Medical Sergeant Major.

His infantry assignments include: Co/1-29 Infantry (INF), Ft. Benning, Georgia and C Co/1-5 INF Camp Hovey, Korea. As a Radiologist Specialist, his assignments include: Ft. Sam Houston for training; Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; 85th General Hospital, Ft. Meade, Maryland; 1ST US Support Battalion, Sinai, Egypt; Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC), Landstulh, Germany; 115th Field Hospital, Ft. Polk, Louisiana; Army Medical Department Center & School, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas; D Co/187th Medical Battalion, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas; 14th Combat Support Hospital, Ft. Benning, Georgia; 21st CSH, Ft. Hood, Texas; 1st Medical Brigade, Ft. Hood, Texas; LRMC, Germany; United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA), Ft. Bliss, Texas; Operations SGM for the AMEDDC&S G-3/5/7, JBSA-Ft. Sam Houston, and currently serving as the USAISR Sergeant Major.

He has participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom twice, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Enduring Freedom. Sergeant Major Poist’s military education includes the Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) drivers course; BFV Crew/Gunners Course; Ammunition Handlers Course; Radiology Specialist Course; Warrior Leaders Course; Small Arms Maintenance Armorer Course; Hazardous Material Drivers Course; NCO Safety Course; Master Driver Instructor Course; Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course; Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course; Defense Hazardous Material Packaging Course; Environmental Compliance Officer Course; Instructor Writer Course; Small Group Leaders Course; Unit Movement Course; Range Safety Course; First Sergeants Course; and the Master Resilience Trainers Course. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science in Occupation Education from Wayland Baptist University and a Masters of Business Administration (Sports Business Management) from Saint Leo University. Sergeant Major Poist is also a graduate of the USASMA Class 65.

His awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster); Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters); Joint Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Achievement Medal (with 2 Silver Leaf Clusters); Good Conduct Medal (8th Award); National Defense Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Service Stars); Southwest Asia Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; NCO Development Ribbon (with Numeral 4); Army Service Ribbon; the Overseas Service Ribbon (with Numeral 7); Combat Action Badge; Expert Field Medical Badge; Parachutist Badge; and the Drivers Badge. He was also awarded the German Armed Forces Badge of Marksmanship (the Schutzensner) and is a member of the prestigious Order of the Military Medical Merit (O2M3).

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