Sheryl D. Lyon

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Sheryl D. Lyon
Lyon 2020.jpg
Lyon as CSEL USCYBERCOM/NSA/CSS
BornTompkinsville, Kentucky
Allegiance United States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1991–present
RankCommand Sergeant Major
Commands heldCommand 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
AwardsArmy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit

Sheryl D. Lyon[1] 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[2] 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.

Career[edit]

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.

Military training[edit]

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[edit]

ArmyAvitBadge.gif Basic Army Aviation Badge
Master Parachutist badge (United States).svg Master Parachutist Badge
US Army Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Generic.png Expert Marksmanship Badge with Carbine Component Bar
Seal of the U.S. National Security Agency.svg National Security Agency Badge
Seal of the United States Cyber Command.png United States Cyber Command Badge
3rd Infantry Division CSIB.png 3rd Infantry Division Combat Service Identification Badge
Canadian jump wings.png Canadian Parachutist Badge (non-operational)
Military Intelligence Regimental Insignia.png Army Military Intelligence Corps Distinctive Unit Insignia
ArmyOSB.svg ? Overseas Service Bars
Service stripe.jpg 9 Service stripes
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Meritorious Unit Commendation with two oak leaf clusters
Gcl-09.png Army Good Conduct Medal (9 awards)
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Award numeral 4.png NCO Professional Development Ribbon with bronze award numeral 4
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 2.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with award numeral 2
NATO Medal for the Balkans (non-Article 5)
LTU Land Forces Medal for Distinguished Service BAR.svg Land Forces Medal for Distinguished Service (Lithuania)[3]

Lyon received the Military Intelligence Corps Association Knowlton Award in 2011.[4]

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