Command Sergeant Major Gene Q. Dydasco entered the Unites States Army on 27 November, 1990 under the delayed entry program as an Infantryman from Agana, Guam. He attended Basic and Advance Individual Training on 26 February 1991 with the 3rd Battalion, 32nd Infantry, Fort Benning Georgia.
CSM Dydasco’s assignments include the 1st Battalion,14th Infantry, “Golden Dragons”, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where he served as an assistant gunner, gunner, radio telephone operator, and team leader. Throughout his tour he participated in Operation Hurricane Iniki, JTF-6, and numerous deployment rotations to JRTC and NTC. He served with the 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry, “Widow Makers”, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as a team leader and squad leader; the United States Army Garrison, Military Honors, Fort Sam Houston, as a squad leader rendering honors for fallen comrades both retired and active. He was also assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, “Currahee”, Camp Greaves, Korea, where he served as a squad leader, participating in Operation Foal Eagle, Joint Security Operations with the Republic of Korea Army, and numerous combined arms training events such as Triple Threat I, II, and III. He was then assigned to the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry, “Wolfhounds”, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where he served in Alpha Company as squad leader, Bravo Company as a platoon sergeant, where he deployed for 14 months in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) from 2004 - 2005, then moved back to Alpha Company as the first sergeant transitioning a light infantry company to Stryker, where he deployed for 15 months in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) from 2007 - 2009. Following his tours in Hawaii, he served as the Senior Military Science Instructor at the California State University, Fresno SROTC “Bulldogs”. He was selected to attend the Sergeants Major Academy, “Class 62”, Fort Bliss, Texas, and was then subsequently assigned to the 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry, “The Professionals”, Fort Benning, Georgia, as the Battalion Command Sergeant Major responsible for the transition of civilians into Soldiers in a Basic Combat Training environment. He also served with the 1st Battalion, 335th Infantry Regiment, “Warriors”, Camp Atterbury, Indiana, and currently serving as the Command Sergeant Major of the United States Military Academy Preparatory School, “Vanguards”, West Point, New York.
Command Sergeant Major Dydasco’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal 8th Award, National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Army Non-Commissioned Officer Development Ribbon with the Numeral 5, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon with the Numeral 7, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Order of Saint Maurice (Centurion).
CSM Dydasco holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science and Administrative Management Studies.