Sheryl D. Lyon
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Sheryl D. Lyon
Lyon as CSEL USCYBERCOM/NSA/CSS
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1991–present|
|Rank||Command Sergeant Major|
|Commands held||Command Senior Enlisted Leader of the United States Cyber Command and National Security Agency/Central Security Service|
CSEL of United States Army Cyber Command
CSEL of United States Army Europe
|Awards||Army Distinguished Service Medal|
Legion of Merit
Sheryl D. Lyon is the Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL) of the United States Cyber Command, the NSA/CSS. Previously, she was the Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL) of the United States Army Cyber Command. Lyon, a former Arabic linguist, enlisted in the Army in 1991 and has 29 years of experience as a Signals Intelligence Analyst. She has served in high-visibility leadership roles including the Multinational Battlegroup-East Command Sergeant Major for Kosovo Force 17 and Senior Enlisted Leader for the Joint Functional Component Command for Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command. Lyon has one daughter, Army Captain Alison Emmert, who is currently serving as an Army veterinarian. She is stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
Lyon became the Senior Enlisted Leader of United States Cyber Command, and the National Security Agency on 25 September 2020. She is a native of Tompkinsville, Kentucky.
Upon enlisting in the Army in 1991, she attended basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, followed by the Basic Arabic course at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. She was awarded the MOS 35N (then 98C), Signals Intelligence Analyst, from Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, Texas. Her first assignment was with the 319th Military Intelligence Battalion, 525th Military Intelligence Brigade, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She then relocated to Bad Aibling, Germany, as part of the 718th Military Intelligence Group. After her tour in Germany, she became part of the United States Army Office of Military Support (USAOMS) in Washington, D.C. This was followed by an assignment to Camp Zama, Japan, with the 441st Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. From Japan, she moved to the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and Fort Stewart, Georgia. She deployed to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM/Operation NEW DAWN as part of the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. Her next assignment was with the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (previously and now the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, during which she served as the Multinational Battlegroup-East Command Sergeant Major for Kosovo Force 17. Afterwards, she served as the senior enlisted leader for the Joint Functional Component Command for Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. From Nebraska, CSM Lyon moved to take the seat as the U.S. Army Europe CSM in Wiesbaden, Germany and most recently served as the U.S. Army Cyber Command CSM, located in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
Lyon has held every leadership position from Team Sergeant to First Sergeant to Command Sergeant Major at the brigade level and senior enlisted leader at the nominative level. Her military education includes Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course, First Sergeant Course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. Other schools include the Basic Arabic course, Airborne School, Jumpmaster course, Master Fitness Trainer course and the SERE High Risk course. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Western Kentucky University.
Awards and decorations
|Army Distinguished Service Medal|
|Legion of Merit|
|Bronze Star Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster|
|Defense Meritorious Service Medal|
|Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters|
|Joint Service Commendation Medal|
|Army Commendation Medal|
|Joint Service Achievement Medal|
|Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster|
|Joint Meritorious Unit Award|
|Meritorious Unit Commendation with two oak leaf clusters|
|Army Good Conduct Medal (9 awards)|
|National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star|
|Kosovo Campaign Medal|
|Iraq Campaign Medal with service star|
|Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
|NCO Professional Development Ribbon with bronze award numeral 4|
|Army Service Ribbon|
|Army Overseas Service Ribbon with award numeral 2|
|NATO Medal for the Balkans (non-Article 5)|
|Land Forces Medal for Distinguished Service (Lithuania)|
Lyon received the Military Intelligence Corps Association Knowlton Award in 2011.
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