State Command Sergeant Major
Command Sergeant Major John T. Raines assumed responsibility as the 7th Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Mississippi National Guard (MSNG) on July 10, 2015. Raines also serves as the State Command Sergeant Major for the Mississippi Army National Guard (MSARNG). He advises the Adjutant General of Mississippi and the Assistant Adjutant General, Army on all enlisted-related matters, particularly in areas affecting Soldier training and quality of life.
Raines joined the Army in August 1989, completing basic military training at Ft Jackson, South Carolina, and then Army Communications Systems (31U) training at Ft Gordon, Georgia. His active duty career includes assignments with the Ft. Huachuca-based 11th Signal Brigade, including deployment in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea, and with the 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell.
Raines joined the Alabama Army National Guard in 1998, working in counterdrug interdiction, and was activated after September 11, 2001 to guard and secure the chemical stock piles at Anniston Army Depot. In 2004, he was selected to serve as the First Sergeant for the Mississippi Army National Guard’s newly-organized 47th Civil Support Team. In 2007, he was selected as the operations Sergeant Major for the 2nd Battalion, 198th Armored Regiment, deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009-2010. Raines later served as Commandant, Non-Commissioned Officers Academy, and as CSM for the 154th Regiment (Regional Training Institute) at Camp Shelby.
Prior to assuming responsibility as the MSNG SEA, Raines served as the Joint Operations Senior Enlisted Leader for US Pacific Command, where he was responsible for coaching and mentoring joint US Forces as well as multi-national partners throughout the region.