Sgt. Major Dennis Berry
Command Sgt. Major Dennis Brian Berry, 60, from Aberdeen, N.C., formerly of Iowa City, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, in Louisiana. He will be interred at a late date in Arlington Cemerty, Washington, D.C.
Survivors include his
wife, Robin E. Berry; his
sons, Collin and Conner of North Carolina and Matthew of Oregon; a brother, Dan of South Jordan, Utah; his parents, Daniel and Carol Berry of Iowa City, Iowa; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Deborah Lea Harken, Kansas; and grandparents, C.B. Roberdee and G.F. Ennis U.S. Army Special Forces Regiment Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Brian Berry completed his military career in 2014 after more than 27 years. During his career, he served in the infantry filling positions of radio operator, team leader, squad leader and platoon sergeant. After completing the Special Forces selection course in 1992, he entered the SF qualification course and after graduating was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). There he was assigned to SF ODAs 332 and 334, where he filled the positions of senior weapons sergeant and intelligence dergeant. After a brief assignment to Special Forces Command as a theater Desk NCO, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, where he was assigned as a company operations sergeant and later as an SFODA team sergeant. Upon completion of his team sergeant time, he was assigned to USAJFKSWCS as a field team sergeant for Robin Sage, followed by assignment as the first sergeant of A Company, 1st Bn, 1st SWTG(A).
CSM (R) Berry graduated class 57 of the U.S. Army's Sergeants Major Academy in 2007 and was assigned as the company sergeant major of B Company, 1st Bn, 1st SWTG(A). At the completion of that assignment CSM(R), Berry took the reigns as the CSM for the International Security Assistance Force-Special Operation Forces in Afghanistan (ISAF_SOF). During this time, he was the senior enlisted advisor to brigadier generals from both the UK and Australia. After his year long assignment to ISAF-SOF, he returned home for a short stint as the sergeant major for the deputy chief of staff/G8 USASOC and was later selected to be the CSM for 4th Bn, 1st SWTG(A) for his last three years of service.
CSM (R) Berry received the following awards: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star for Valor, Bronze Star for service (second awd), Meritorious Service Medal (seventh awd), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (third awd), Joint Service Achievement Medal and Army Achievement Medal (sixth awd). He also received the following badges and tabs: Combat Infantryman's Badge (second awd), Expert Infantryman's Badge, Master Parachute wings, Pathfinder Badge, Ranger Tab and Special Forces Tab. He had parachute badges from the Ivory Coast, Netherlands, Morocco and Germany.