CSM Ivan P. “Butch” Rogers III



Command Sergeant Major Rogers was born June 30, 1950 in Breckenridge, Texas. His family moved to Abilene, Texas in 1954 where he lived and attended school until 1967. He married Janet M. Carey of Abilene, Texas in 1986. They have two children Lesli and Courtney Rogers. CSM Rogers also has two sons from a previous marriage, Dustin and Kris Rogers.


After high school, CSM Rogers entered the Army where he served 3 1/2 years active duty in several capacities starting in Korea. This tour was cut short when he volunteered of Vietnam. 


He was transferred to Vietnam in 1968 and served as a Reconnaissance Sergeant with Bravo Company 1/27 “Wolfhounds”, 25th Infantry Division. During this time he was awarded two Bronze Stars for valor, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Army Commendation Medal, two Purple Hearts and several service ribbons.


After his tour in Vietnam he was reassigned to Ft. Hood, Texas in 1969 where he was selected to work for BG Goodwin and LTG Powell the Deputy and III Corp Commander respectively until separated from the Army in May 1971.


CSM Rogers joined the Texas National Guard in 1986 starting his National Guard career with the 142d RAOC and served with this unit until 1994. During his assignment with the RAOC, he held the position of Reconnaissance Sergeant for the Base Defense Liaison Team, Intel Sergeant, and 1st Sergeant. He was recognized for his achievements during this tenure receiving the Army Achievement Medal (two times), Texas Faithful Service Medal, Adjutant Generals Individual award (three times) and several service ribbons.


His next duty assignment was with the 136th Training Regiment, where he served as the Personnel NCOIC and Branch Chief for BNOC until 1998. He was recognized for his service and contributions with the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (second award), Army Achievement Medal (third award) and several service ribbons.


His final assignment started in 1999 with the 49th Finance Battalion where he retired as the Command Sergeant Major in 2002.


Additional Awards:

  • Good Conduct Medal-General Berry Award for valor (NGAT)
  • Certificate of Appreciation from the Secretary of Defense (APIC)


Additional Duty Positions:

  • NCOIC Counterdrug Program (El Paso),
  • Comptroller Counterdrug Program,
  • Quality Assurance NCOIC RTI,
  • Staff Accountant USPFO,
  • Budget Officer USPFO
  • Auditor USPFO


When asked what he enjoyed most about his career, CSM Rogers stated “all of it, that he was very blessed to have had the opportunity to serve his country and be a part of two great organizations, the Army and the Texas Army National Guard."