Sergeant Major Swam is a native of Tampa, Florida and entered the Army on December 02, 1987. He attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, S.C. and Advanced Individual Training as an 92M (Mortuary Affairs Specialist) at Fort Lee, VA. Over his 30-year career, he has served in various positions such as Mortuary Affairs Specialist, Casualty Assistance Specialist, Scout Observer, Squad Leader, Team Sergeant, Small Group Leader, Senior Small Group Leader, Senior Team Sergeant, Military Transition Team Logistic Advisor, J3 Plans Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, First Sergeant, Rear Detachment Command Sergeant Major, J4 NCOIC and Command Senior Enlisted Leader.
His previous assignments include the 240th Quartermaster Battalion and 54th Quartermaster Company, Fort Lee, Virginia; Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; 1st Infantry Division, Camp Doha, Kuwait; NCO Academy, Fort Lee, Virginia; Central Identification Laboratory, Hickam AFB, Hawaii; U.S. Army Pacific Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii; 25th Infantry Division (L), Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; 590th Service Support Company, South West Asia, Saudi Arabia; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 7th Infantry Division (L) and 590th Service Support Company, Fort Ord, California.
Sergeant Major Swam’s combat and humanitarian experience include Operation Just Cause (Panama), Operation Desert Storm (Saudi Arabia), Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq), and Operation Unified Response (Haiti).
Sergeant Major Swam’s military education includes Primary Leadership Development Course; Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course; Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course; Battle Staff Course; Support Operations Course; Equal Opportunity Leader Course; Total Army Instructors Course; First Sergeant Course; Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) Course, United States Sergeants Major Academy graduate, SERE Training; Air Assault Course; Airborne Course; and Ranger Course.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), Meritorious Service Medal (4th award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3rd award), Joint Service Achievement Medal (2nd award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (10th award), Army Superior Unit Award (2nd award), Good Conduct Medal (10th award), the National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, South West Asia Service Medal (2nd award), Iraq Campaign Medal (1BSS), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (5th award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th award), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Ranger Tab, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drivers and Mechanic Badge, and German Schutzenschnur Award (Gold Badge).
Sergeant Major Swam is also a member of The Order of Saint Martin. SGM Swam has also been recognized by the International Society of Logistics as a Demonstrated Master Logistician.
Sergeant Major Swam is married to Denise Swam and have one son, Chase, two grandsons Noah and Tyler.