Command Sergeant Major Robert V. Abernethy entered the U.S. Army, July 22, 1987, and graduated as an infantryman in November 1987.
During the course of his career, Command Sgt. Maj. Abernethy held numerous duty positions, including: infantry rifleman, 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard); communication sergeant, signal detachment, 1st Battalion 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne); U.S. Army recruiter, Jackson Recruiting Battalion, Mississippi; communication sergeant and intelligence sergeant, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne).
Command Sgt. Maj. Abernethy also served as team sergeant, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), where he deployed on several rotations to the southern Philippines in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (Philippines), and as team sergeant for, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), where he deployed supporting Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). His other sergeant major assignments include operations sergeant major and company sergeant major, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), and Army Special Operations Forces proponent sergeant major, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.
Command Sgt. Maj. Abernethy also served as command sergeant major at 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky; 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Special Operations Command – Central, MacDill AFB, Florida; and US Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Command Sgt. Maj. Abernethy’s military education and training includes: U.S. Army Pre-Command Course; U.S. Army Sergeant’s Major Academy; Special Forces Qualification Course; Advanced Non- Commissioned Officer’s Course; Basic Non-Commissioned Officer’s Course; Warrior Leader’s Course; Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis and Exploitation Techniques Course; Advanced Special Operations Techniques Course; Combat Diving Supervisor Course; Combat Diver Qualification Course; Jumpmaster Course; Survival-Evasion- Resistance and Escape Course; Army Recruiter’s Course; Basic Airborne Course; Air Assault Course and the Infantry Basic Course.