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Command Senior Enlisted Leader

Command Sergeant Major 
Norwegian Army 

Sergeant Major Kristian Simonsen started his military career at the NCO school in 1991 and was promoted to sergeant July 1992. He has served in various positions, including squad leader, platoon sergeant, platoon leader, company commander, Task Force commander, instructor and command sergeant major. An infantryman by trade, his active service includes light infantry and heavy mechanized units and service as a commander of both infantry fighting vehicles and tanks.

He has led combat units in challenging operations several times in Afghanistan 2003-2004, 2005-2006, and 2010 and served in UN and NATO operations in Lebanon (UNIFIL) 93-94, Bosnia (IFOR&SFOR) 96-97, Kosovo (KFOR) 99-00. In 2014-2015 Simonsen was a part of a small international team to establish a NATO Joint Training and Evaluation Centre in Tbilisi, Georgia, as part of the substantial NATO-Georgia Package.

In 2015, he was selected as the first Sergeant Major at the Norwegian Land Warfare Center (TRADOC), where he developed and implemented a new NCO reform program for six years.

Kristian Simonsen served as the second Sergeant Major of the Norwegian Army. He has overseen and implemented initiatives, decisions, and activities on all levels to support the Commander's intent.

He graduated from the Norwegian Military Academy in 2002 and holds a Master of Military Studies from the Norwegian Command and Staff College in 2014.

He has received twelve different awards for his service:

1.       The Norwegian Defense Service Medal with Laurel Branch

      2.       The Norwegian Defense Service Medal

      3.       The Armed Forces Medal for International Operations

      4.       The Medal for Defense Operations Abroad – Afghanistan x3

      5.       The National Service Medal – Army, 3 stars

      6.       The Medal for Defense Operations Abroad – Lebanon x2

      7.       The NATO Medal for Kosovo

      8.       The NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia x2

      9.       The NATO Medal x3

     10.   The General Giorgi Kvinitadze Medal, Georgia

     11.   The Norwegian Defense Military Shooting Medal w/two stars

     12.   The Norwegian Defense Military Sports Medal w/one star

Kristian is married to his lovely wife Helene and currently resides in Virginia Beach. In Norway they resides in the southern part of Norway with four children, two daughters and two boys. The two oldest children have started their own careers with studies in biotechnology and law. His interests are Harley Davidsons and spending time with his family. 


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