Sergeant Major (SGM) Shavonda Lashay McLean is a native of Pass Christian, MS. She enlisted in the Army on 31 October 2000 as a combat medic. She attended Basic Training in Fort Jackson, SC and Advanced Individual Training in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
SGM McLean has served as a Healthcare Specialist, Squad Leader, Team Leader, Health Care NCO and SGT, Operations NCO, Schools NCO, Section Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Senior Drill Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Senior Clinical NCO.
Her stateside assignments include Fort Carson, CO; Fort Sam Houston, TX; Fort Stewart, GA, Fort Gordon, GA; Fort Jackson, SC; Fort Campbell, KY; Fort Benning, GA; and Fort Bliss, TX. Her overseas assignments include Giebelstadt, Germany and Fort Wainwright, AK. She has deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait for a total of three combat and one peacekeeping operation.
SGM McLean’s military education includes the Emergency Medical Technician Course, the Warrior Leader Course; Unit Prevention Leader Course, Unit Movement Officer Course; Digital Training Management System Course; Advance Leader Course; Army Safety Program Course; Senior Leaders Course; United States Army Drill Sergeant School; Equal Opportunity Leader Course; Applied Suicide Intervention Skill Training (ASIST) Training for Trainers (T4T), the Company Commander/First Sergeant course and the Sergeant Major Academy (Class 71). Her civilian education includes a diploma from Hoke County High School, a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Troy University and a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Webster University.
Her awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation with one Oak Leaf Cluster; Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation Meal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Achievement Medal with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 1 Oak Leaf Cluster; Good Conduct Medal (6th Award); National Defense Service Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; International Security Assistance Force (ISAF); North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 5; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Ribbon with Numeral 6; Driver's Badge (wheel and track); Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; Sharpshooter Qualification Badge; Drill Sergeant Badge. She is a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.