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Indiana Guard Reserve

Indiana Guard Reserve

IGR > Who is the IGR > Command Sergeant Major Command Sergeant Major

CSM James H. Coe

The Non-Commissioned Officer Corps of the Indiana Guard Reserve is primarily composed of former and retired NCOs of both the active services and the reserve components. They are critical to the success of the IGRs Plans, Operations, and Training. With the IGR staffed at Cadre Strength its NCO Corps must be prepared to assume the expanded requirements of an Indiana Army National Guard mobilization.

All of the Non-Commissioned Officers in the Indiana Guard Reserve have completed the appropriate active duty service schools, Reserve Component NCO Development Courses or IGR NCO Development Courses.


CSM Coe served three years active duty, beginning in June 1964 and ending June 1967.  He was assigned to the 2nd ACR in Amberg, Germany for 27 months, and functioned as a Recon NCO, and a Field Artillery Operations and Intel Assistant.  Following this assignment, he completed his 3-year active duty tour as 105 Howitzer Gun Section Chief with the 29th Field Artillery Battalion (Bn) at Fort Carson, Colorado.

After serving three years in the Inactive Reserve, he became Motor Sergeant for the 327th Data Processing USAR. Then, after a four-year break in service, he joined the Indiana National Guard.  He was assigned to Co. C (SO) 138th Signal Bn. and promoted to First Sergeant (1SG).  In 1992 he transferred to the 1SG position for Troop C 1-238th Cavalry Squadron.  In 1997 he was promoted to CSM of the 138th Signal Bn.  In 2002, CSM Coe was selected as CSM of the Aviation Brigade, 38th Infantry Division.

In 2003 CSM Coe brought an end to his Federal military career.  CSM Coe became a member of the Indiana Guard Reserve in 2008, and served as CSM of the Training Academy until 2012, when he was selected to be the IGR Command Sergeant Major.