Sgt. Maj. Joel E. Farrens
Sergeant Major, Raymond W. Bliss AHC
Sergeant Major Joel E. Farrens is a native of Omaha, Nebraska. He enlisted in the Army as a 91B (now 68W) Medical Specialist and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
SGM Farrens’ military career includes assignments as an Aidman and Evacuation NCO, 568th Ground Ambulance, Korea; Flight Medic, 377th Air Ambulance, Korea; Evacuation Squad Leader, 1-13 Armor Battalion, Fort Riley, Kansas, where he deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; Health Care Clinic NCOIC, MEDDAC, Fort Carson, Colorado; Treatment Platoon Sergeant, 701st BSB, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas, where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; Medical Platoon Sergeant, 1-28 Infantry Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas, where he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; Professional Development NCO, Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky; First Sergeant, MEDDAC Fort Irwin, California; Operations Sergeant Major, 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support), Fort Shafter, Hawaii.
SGM Farrens’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (with six oak leaf clusters), Army Good Conduct Medal (eight award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral four), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (with numeral 5), and the NATO Medal. His unit awards include the Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, and Army Superior Unit Award. His badges include the Combat Medic Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, and the Aviation Crewmember Badge.
SGM Farrens’ military education includes all levels of Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Study (NCOPDS) to include Class 70 of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. He has also attended Master Resiliency Trainer Course (Level I and II); First Sergeant Course, Safety Officer/NCO course, and the 70H Medical Operation Planner course. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Administration, and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Trident University.