CSM Eric Crabtree entered the U.S. Army in July 1986. He attended Infantry One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, Georgia.
CSM Crabtree’s first duty station was at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii where he served in a COHORT unit. CSM Crabtree has served in numerous light infantry, Airborne, and Air Assault units, including 1st, 2d, and 3d Brigade Combat Teams in the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. CSM Crabtree also served in the 509th PIR, the Joint Readiness Training Center Operations Group Task Force 1, and the Leader Training Program.
CSM Crabtree has served in all leadership positions from Team Leader to Command Sergeant Major. CSM Crabtree is a graduate of all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System culminating with the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class #57. CSM Crabtree’s other military training includes Ranger School, Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Air Assault School, and Special Operations Interdiction Course (SOTIC).
CSM Crabtree's notable awards include the Legion of Merit, the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, Bronze Star Medal (4th oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (2d oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal (4th oak leaf cluster), the Combat Infantryman’s Badge (2d award), the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
CSM Crabtree participated in Operation Desert Storm with the 2d Battalion, 327th Infantry, and completed five combat tours since September 11, 2001: Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)-1, OIF-4, OIF-7, Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) 10-11, and most recently OEF 12-13 as the CSM of the 3d Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.
CSM Crabtree holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Excelsior College.