A story finally told from an enlisted soldier's unique perspective.
Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Bradley P. Jones in his wildest dreams, never thought he would make a career out of the military. Like many, he joined for the college tuition assistance. He was determined to serve out his first and only enlistment, and then move on to bigger and better. He managed to leave the military - called a break in service - for four years, but the military never left his thoughts or his system. There was something about serving his country that constantly called to him through his missionary service in south America and then into his university studies. A calling Bradley finally succumbed to, reenlisting back into an AH-64 Apache helicopter battalion near the university. From there, his service led to a career he loved working on Apaches as a full-time federal employee, while starting a family with his wife as a newlywed. While serving in Kuwait on September 11, 2001, his life and career, along with everyone in uniform, changed along with the rest of the country. From there, his career trajectory seemed to him to be predetermined, finally culminating in his appointment to serve his beloved fellow soldiers as the top enlisted member in the battalion. In Treading the Deep, Bradley's humor and faith promoting experiences, restores readers beliefs in the tenacity of the human spirit and its ability to ultimately overcome, no matter the trials or circumstances.
Bradley P. Jones (Command Sergeant Major) enlisted in the United States Army in 1984 and served until 1988 as a ground control approach radar repairman. Upon completion of his initial enlistment and a break in service he joined the Utah Army National Guard in 1993. His military awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with "M” Device), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Master Aviation Crewmember badge. His military education includes the Primary, Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course, the United States Army Sergeant's Major Academy Non-resident course. In Bradley's civilian career he works for the FAA as an Airway Transportation System Specialist (ATSS) in the Service Operations Center (SOC) of the Salt Lake Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC). He resides in Lehi, UT.