Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment

SGM William B. Arthington

SGM (R) William B. Arthington
Sixth Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment

SGM William B. Arthington enlisted in the US Army in 1969 at Dallas, TX. He attended basic training at Fort Bliss, TX, and Advance Individual Training at Fort Ord, CA, after which he was sent to Vietnam where he served two back to back tours, May 1969-December 1970, with the Recon Platoon, 26th Infantry and C Company, 52nd Infantry for 18 months. He next served with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Infantry, The Old Guard, at Fort Myer, VA, as a Firing Party commander until 1974. Bill was next transferred to the Berlin Brigade where he was assigned as a squad leader and served there until 1977. He returned stateside to Fort Jackson, SC, in mid-1977 where he was assigned as a Drill Sergeant and also as a TAC NCO at Camp Buckner, NY, during Cadet Corps summer training for the United States Military Academy, West Point.

In 1980, SGM Arthington was sent to Fort Riley, KS, where he served as a Platoon Sergeant in a COHORT company in the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry. There he was appointed as first sergeant for C Company and later assigned as the first sergeant for Headquarters Company. From Fort Riley, Bill was sent to the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy in 1987 and after graduation, was sent to the 1st Infantry Division (Forward) and assigned initially as the first sergeant of E Company, 4th Battalion, 16th Infantry, and later as the interim Command Sergeant Major for the same battalion. He was then assigned as the community Sergeant Major for Böblingen and the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry.

On his return to the United States, SGM Arthington was assigned as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Kansas Army National Guard’s 69th Infantry Brigade before receiving his final assignment as the G3 Sergeant Major for the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley. He retired from the US Army in 1995 after 26 years of service to the nation. His awards and decorations include the Combat Infantry Badge, the coveted Expert Infantry Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC) and numerous others.

Since leaving active duty Bill has worked in a variety of civilian career fields including long distance transportation, retail sales, inventory specialist, and security work. He is now fully retired and devotes his time to promoting and supporting the 16th Infantry Regiment, and Soldiers and veterans in general. He and Becky work local events for the Wounded Warrior Project, Wreaths Across America, and attending various events of both battalions at Fort Riley. SGM Arthington has been a Distinguished Member of the Regiment since 1990 and has been a member of the 16th Infantry Regiment Association for over 20 years. He was appointed 5 June 2014 by the Chief of Infantry as the Sixth Honorary Sergeant Major of the 16th Infantry Regiment.

The Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment (HSGMOR) is appointed by the Secretary of the Army. The HSGMOR is a distinguished retired NCO in the rank of sergeant first class (SFC) or above with prior service in a unit of the regiment. The appointment will be for 3 years. A second 3-year tour may be granted by the appointing authority. Each regiment will have an HSGMOR, but only one will serve in the regiment at any given time. No one HSGMOR serve for more than one regiment simultaneously.

The duties of the HSGMOR within the regiment are ceremonial and do not conflict with the chain of command. Attendance at regimental functions is by invitation, and participation is encouraged. The position offers to the regiment the prestige, stature, and experience of the noncommissioned officer appointed as HSGMOR. The HSGMOR will assist the HCOR or HCOC in perpetuating the history of the regiment. HSGMOR appointees will be appointed as Distinguished Members of the Regiment simultaneously with their appointment as HSGMOR. To date, six distinguished retired noncommissioned officers have been appointed as Honorary Sergeant Major of the 16th Infantry Regiment.