Command Sergeant Major Jorge Arzabala is a native of El Paso, Texas. He enlisted in the Army as a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Specialist in 1999, attending One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
His assignments include CBRN Specialist, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, Fort Campbell, KY; Training NCO, 520th Maintenance Company, 194th Maintenance Battalion, Camp Humphreys, Korea; Squad Leader & Operations Sergeant, 46th Chemical Company, 2nd Chemical Battalion; Drill Sergeant, Foxtrot, Echo, & Alpha Company, 82nd Chemical Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Platoon Sergeant, 101st Chemical Company, 83rd Chemical Battalion, Fort Bragg, NC; Operations Sergeant, Protection Cell, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC & Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Force Integration Staff Officer, USAOSE in Washington, DC; Command Sergeant Major, 2nd Chemical Battalion. His most recent assignment is Command Sergeant Major for the 3rd Chemical Brigade. He has deployed to Kosovo and Iraq for peacekeeping and combat operations.
His military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, First Sergeant Course and Class 67 of the United States Army Sergeants Major Course. Other courses include Air Assault School, Unit Prevention Leader Course, Unit Armorer Course, Combatives Level 3 Course, Airborne School, Contracting Officer Course, Technical Escort Course, Jumpmaster Course, SERE Course, Battle Staff Course, Manpower & Force Management Course, and Master Resilience Trainer Course. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Ashford University and a Master of Arts degree in Leadership Studies from The University of Texas at El Paso.
His awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (OLC), Army Commendation Medal (5th OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (5th OLC), Valorous Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Korean Service Defense Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Professional Development Ribbon w/ numeral 5, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 2, NATO Medal, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Royal Netherlands Army Parachutist Badge and is a recipient of the Ancient Order of the Dragon.
CSM Arzabala is married to the former Vanessa Cornejo. They have four children.