Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Spaulding, 46, of Reno, is the Nevada Guard's Senior Enlisted Leader and Army Guard Command Sergeant Major. He succeeded Command Sgt. Maj. Jared Kopacki following Kopacki's retirement. As the state's Senior Enlisted Leader, he advises both the adjutant general and the commander of the Army Guard on all matters concerning enlisted Airmen, Soldiers and their family members. Spaulding supports the directors of the Joint, Army and Air staffs with the management of the full-time enlisted staff, including Active Guard and Reserve Soldiers and Airmen and military technicians.
Spaulding began his military career in 1991 and was assigned to the 140th Military Intelligence Battalion. He subsequently graduated from One Station Unit training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, in 1994 and was assigned to 1st Squadron, 18th Cavalry.
Spaulding's key positions during his military career include: Senior Enlisted Advisor to TRADOC's Deputy Commanding General; Command Sergeant Major of the 421st Regiment; Headquarters, International Security Assistance Forces Transport Protection Team Chief and CSM Mentor for 2nd Brigade, 203rd Corps Afghan National Army. His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Soldier's Medal, the Bronze Star Medal (2nd Award) and the Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award).