CSM Aplin served from September 2000 to February 2003 as the twelfth Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Health Services Command/MEDCOM.
Command Sgt. Maj. James M. Aplin was born in Canada. He attended basic training at Fort Ord, Calif., and advanced individual training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and Fort Carson, Colo. He has a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resource Management from Hawaii Pacific University, and is a 1992 graduate of the Sergeants Major Academy.
Command Sgt. Maj. Aplin has served with distinction in all enlisted leadership positions from Squad Leader to Command Sergeant Major. His positions of increased responsibility include Medic; Operating Room Noncommissioned-Officer-in-Charge; Surgical Technology Instructor; Platoon Sergeant; First Sergeant; Battalion Command Sergeant Major; Brigade-Level Command Sergeant Major; Command Sergeant Major, Pacific Regional Medical Command; Command Sergeant Major, Great Plains Regional Medical Command; and Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Medical Command, and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Army Surgeon General. He is the twelfth Command Sergeant Major of HSC/MEDCOM.
Command Sgt. Maj. Aplin’s continental United States assignments include duty at 4th Combat Support Hospital and U.S. Army Medical Activity, Fort McClellan, Ala; Academy of Health Sciences and Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Wash.; 21st Combat Support Hospital, Fort Hood, Texas; U.S. Army Medical Activity, West Point, N.Y.; and Great Plains Regional Medical Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He has completed three overseas tours: the 97th General Hospital and the 51st Combat Support Hospital, both in Frankfurt, Germany; and the Pacific Regional Medical Command and Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Command Sgt. Maj. Aplin’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal with seven oak leaf clusters; Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster; Army Achievement Medal; Good Conduct Medal (8th award); Noncommissioned Officer’s Development Ribbon with numeral 4; National Defense Service Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; and Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 3. Command Sgt. Maj. Aplin was recognized as Fort McClellan, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Soldier of the Year in 1977 and is a recipient of the Order of Military Medical Merit.