Command Sergeant Major Michael Jorge Poll II, a native of Sand Lake, is celebrating 25 years of serving his country in the United States Army.
CSM Poll is the son of Michael and Linda Poll. He is a graduate of Vincennes University with an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science where he graduated Summa Cum Laude 4.0. He is a current student of the University of Michigan majoring in Applied Science, with a minor in Criminal Justice.
CSM Poll enlisted in the Army in September 1989, as a Military Policeman. He attended basic training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort McClellan, AL, assigned to B Company 795th MP BN as a Private. In February 1990, PVT Poll moved to Camp Zama, Japan, his first duty station assigned to the 294th Military Police Company where he attained the ranks of PV2, PFC and SPC. In February 1992, he was assigned to the 7th Military Police Company Fort Ord, CA, where he was mobilized in support of Operation Garden Plot (TF Los Angeles) during the Rodney King riots. In 1993, he was assigned to the 571st Military Police Company Fort Lewis, WA, where he was mobilized 3 times, once in 1993 in support of Operation Restore Hope, Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1994 in support of Operation Continue Hope, Mogadishu, Somalia and in 1995 in support of Operation Safe Haven Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In September 1995 he entered the US Army Reserves in the 180th Transportation Company, Muskegon, MI, where he attained the ranks of SGT and SSG. While assigned there he was cross-leveled to the 946th Transportation Company in 2003, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2005 he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion 337th Infantry Regiment as an Observer, Controller and Trainer and was mobilized from 2006-2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at Camp Atterbury, IN, where he attained the ranks of SFC and MSG. In February of 2011 he was assigned to the 236th ICTC as the First Sergeant in support of Operation Enduring Freedom mobilized to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. In Aug 2012 he was assigned as the First Sergeant of the 2nd Battalion 338th Infantry Regiment until March of 2013. In March 2013 CSM Poll was selected as A Sergeant Major and immediately assigned as the Command Sergeant Major of the 391st Military Police Battalion. He is currently deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
His military education includes Military Police School, Stinger Missile Gunner School, NBC NCO Course, Transportation School, Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Non Commissioned Officers Course, Advanced Non Commissioned Officers Course, Unit Prevention Leader, Combatives Level I, The First Sergeants Course, Battle Staff, and The Sergeants Major Academy.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Good Conduct Medal (with 2 knots), Army Reserve Commendation Medal (5 OLC), National Defense Medal (Campaign Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Campaign Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (Bronze Hourglass, M Device and numeral 3), Army Non Commissioned Officers Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Over Seas Ribbon (Numeral 4) United Nations Service in Somalia Medal (Campaign Star), NATO ISAF Medal, Joint Services Unit Award (OLC), Meritorious Unit Commendation (OLC) and the Army Superior Unit Award (2 OLC).
CSM Poll was married to Amy Poll in February 1995. He has one son, Jonathan Poll, 28, a medically retired Army Sergeant, who is married to Sonya Poll. CSM Poll has four grandchildren: two grandsons, Aiden Michael-Lee age 5, and Elijah Jorge age 2, and twin one-year-old granddaughters, Addisin and Emmalynn Poll.