Command Sergeant Major Justin Lenz is the 42nd Infantry Division Command Sergeant Major. CSM Lenz entered active duty May 24, 1984 at Ft. Hamilton, New York and attended Basic and Advanced Individual Training and Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA. Assignment then followed as an Infantry-paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, Ft Bragg, N.C. Follow on assignment continued with the 325th Airborne Battalion Combat Team in Vicenza, Italy from April 1986- December 1987. CSM Lenz left active service in December 1987 and joined the New York Army National Guard’s C. CO. 1/71 Infantry, later C. CO. 1/105 Infantry. CSM Lenz transferred to the 442 Military Police Company in 1996, where he held leadership positions from Squad Leader through First Sergeant. He deployed to Iraq with the 442 MP Company from April 2003 through April 2004. CSM Lenz deployed again to Iraq in August 2007 and served as Base Defense Forces CSM at Camp Bucca. CSM Lenz has served as the Command Sergeant Major of the 104th Military Police Battalion, the 369th Sustainment Brigade and most recently the 106th Regional Training Institute.
CSM Lenz holds an Associate and Bachelor degrees in Criminal Justice from The City University of New York John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from American Military University. CSM Lenz’s is a Deputy Inspector in the New York City Police Department, and has been employed with them for over twenty-six years. He is currently the Commanding Officer of the 101st Precinct in Far Rockaway, Queens. His military education includes all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System through the Sergeants Major Course.
Command Sergeant Major Lenz’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with 1 OLC, Army Commendation Medal w/Valor Device and OLC, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal w/ OLC, Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/Bronze Hourglass Device and M device, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal w/ 3 Battle Stars, National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (4th Award), Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Driver’s Mechanics Badge, Meritorious Unit Citation, Navy-Marine Corp Presidential Unit Citation. His foreign Award is the Spanish Armed Forces Parachutist Badge.
CSM Lenz resides in North Bellmore, New York and is married to the former Rita Lydon; they have two children, Erin age 22 and Michael age 20.