Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Pintagro assumed duties as senior enlisted leader of the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Maryland, Nov. 1, 2019. The school trains more than 2,400 military, Department of Defense civilian, international military and interagency students a year across 32 basic, intermediate and advanced public affairs and visual information courses.
He joined the Army in 1996 and conducted his occupational specialty training at DINFOS. His subsequent assignments include reporter and editor of the post newspaper and III Corps PA Plans NCO at Fort Hood, Texas; section sergeant and NCOIC of the 13th Public Affairs Detachment at Fort Irwin, California; PA, Journalism and Editors Course instructor at DINFOS; PA NCOIC of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York; NCOIC of the U.S. Army Public Affairs Center at Fort Meade; PA chief of the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Red Cloud, Korea; chief of Army newspapers and Plans Division NCOIC of the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs at the Pentagon; PA sergeant major of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command at Kaiserslautern, Germany; and garrison command sergeant major of the Natick Soldier Systems Center at Natick, Massachusetts.
His operational and combat deployments include missions in Kuwait, Central Europe, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Romania. He also supported public information operations as part of a wildfire fighting task force in Montana.
His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (fifth award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (fifth award), Army Achievement Medal (fifth award), Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Staff Identification Badge and Combat Action Badge.
His military education includes all levels of NCOES, the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, and Battalion and Brigade Pre-Command and CSM Developmental Courses as well as entry and senior-level PA training at DINFOS. He earned a Master’s Degree in U.S. History from Auburn University before joining the service.
Command Sgt. Maj. Pintagro and his wife Divina have two daughters, a son, and a beagle. His home of record is Auburn, Alabama.