Roger W. Putnam spent a stellar 27-year career serving America in the U.S. Armed Forces. He originally entered the Air Force in 1949 and served until his discharge in 1952. He spent his nine-year break in service with the Detroit police force, then reenlisted in the Army in September 1961. His final 24 years took him through the enlisted ranks to Command Sergeant Major. CSM Putnam retired from the Army in August 1985.
He is a Veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. While in the military he also served in Japan, Ethiopia and Germany, in addition to numerous stateside assignments. His awards include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal (5th Award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 3d Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (Personal Award), and Master Aircraft Crewman Badge.
After retirement from the US Army, Mr. Putnam spent ten years in the banking industry, leaving as Vice President of Community Bank & Trust at Fort Rucker & Enterprise, Alabama to accept a position in Europe with the Non Commissioned Officers Association. There he served as Vice President for European Affairs, moving to San Antonio in 1996 to serve as NCOA’s Vice President for Field Membership, and was elected President and CEO of the Non Commissioned Officers Association in 1998. Mr. Putnam was a member of the NCOA International Board of Directors from 1983 to 1998 and served in several positions, including Chairman of the Board. He retired from the Non Commissioned Officers Association in 1999.
Mr. Putnam is Past President of the Enterprise, Alabama Rotary Club and has been recognized by Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow. He is a Past Chairman of the Commanding General’s Retiree Council, Fort Rucker, Alabama, and has formerly served on the boards of directors of the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, The Army Aviation Museum Foundation, and the European Council of the USO. He is a life member of the Non Commissioned Officers Association. He remains active and interested in legislative and quality-of-life issues concerning military retirees, veterans, and active duty personnel.
Mr. Putnam has three children, Pam, Lee Anne, and William. He and his wife Shelley currently reside in San Antonio, Texas.