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Command Sergeant Major Derrick Maffett achieved the highest position for an enlisted soldier in the U.S. Army. In just 22 years, he was selected for promotion to Command Sergeant Major after starting his career as a private. He served nearly eight years with the storied 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), more time than he spent with any other unit. Maffett led young warriors during seven combat tours to Panama, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, which totaled 51 months. He received numerous awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and Drill Sergeant Identification Badge. A 1981 Roosevelt graduate, Maffett was a three-year varsity football letterman. He holds an associate's degree from Central Texas College and a bachelor's degree from Liberty University.