Command Sergeant Major Deondre L. Long was born in Galveston, Texas, on April 17, 1980. He graduated from Texas City High School in Texas City, Texas, in 1998.
CSM Long entered military service at Fort Knox, Kentucky, in September 1998, where he attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT). Upon completion of OSUT, he was awarded the MOS 19D, Cavalry Scout.
CSM Long's duty stations include E Troop 1st CAV Sep, Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Comanche 4/7 CAV, Camp Garry Owen, South Korea; HHC 1st ID, Wurzburg, Germany; HHT 2/16 CAV, Fort Knox, Kentucky; B Troop 5/4 CAV, Fort Riley, Kansas; Comanche 4/7 CAV and HHC BDE 1ABCT, Camp Hovey, South Korea; B HHBN, Camp Red Cloud, South Korea; A 3/47 IN, D 1-81 AR, A Co 1-81 AR, and HHC BDE 194th AR BDE, Fort Benning, Georgia; 1-305th IN, Camp Shelby, Mississippi; Sergeant's Major Academy (2016-2017), Fort Bliss, Texas; 1-6 IN, Fort Bliss, Texas; Marion Military Institute (ROTC) in Marion, Alabama and 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry REGT (OPFOR). He has deployed to Iraq to support OIF 03-04, OIF 08-09, Kuwait, Iraq, and Jordan for OIR/ORR 17-18. His duty positions have consisted of Driver, Gunner, Ops Assistant, G3 Plans NCOIC, Retention NCO, Instructor/Writer, Senior Training Management NCO, Resilience Instructor, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, OC/T, Operations Sergeant Major, Chief Military Science Instructor (CMSI) and Battalion CSM. He has performed duties as a Unit Prevention Leader (UPL), Equal Opportunity Leader (EOL), Resilience Trainer, SHARP NCO, and Army Recruiter.
CSM Long's accomplishments include The Order of St. George Medallion, The Order of St Maurice Medallion, SGT Morales Club, and Excellence in Armor awardee. He is also the recipient of the Commandant's List during WLC, SLC, and Battle Staff Course. He received the Physical Fitness Award for WLC, ALC, and SLC. He also received the Bronze Schutzenschnur qualification Medal while stationed in Germany (2005). CSM Long served as the Fort Benning, GA Post SGT Audie Murphy Club President from 2014-2015. CSM Long won 1st Brigade Cadet Command Instructor of the Year (2019) and recognized as the United States Army, National Association for The Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award recipient (2019). CSM Long was awarded the JMRC Active-Duty Volunteer of the Year (2023). He is a published author, ordained minister, and certified Life Coach. CSM Long is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of his Nonprofit Organization, "Supporting Our Veterans and Mentoring Our Youth," servicing the Fort Moore, Georgia community.
CSM Long's awards and decorations include the BSM (1OLC), MSM (5OLC), ARCOM (4OLC), AAM (7OLC), AGCM (8th award), NDSM (with BS), Iraqi Campaign Medal (4CS), GWOT-S, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (5), Military Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM), Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon (6).
CSM Long's civilian education includes a Master's in Higher Education Administration (M-HEA) from the University of Louisville (U of L), (2021), Graduate Certification in Organizational Change (2021), (U of L), Associate’s Degree of Science from Central Texas College (2019), Master's in Business Administration (MBA), (2018) a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice (2014), Associate's Degree in Applied Science (2013) all from the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Certified (2022), and Adjunct Professor for UMGC. CSM Long earned his Barber's license in 2014.
His military education includes the Warrior Leader Course (WLC), Advanced Leader Course (ALC), Senior Leader Course (SLC), Commanders and First Sergeant Course, USASMA Class 67, Battalion Pre-Command Course, Army Recruiter Course, Equal Opportunity Leader (EOL), Master Resilience Course (MRT) & Level 2 Facilitator Course, Unit Prevention Leader (UPL), Basic Instructor Course, Air Assault Course, Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Prevention Program (SHARP), Short-Range Marksmanship Course, Cavalry Leaders Course, Battle Staff, Observer Controller/Training OC/T, Common Faculty and Development Instructor Course, Military History Course, Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Battalion (BN) Development Program Course, Master Educator Course, and Bus Drivers Course.
CSM Long is a member of Kappa Lambda Chi Military Fraternity Inc. and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
CSM Long is currently married to the former Evelyn Thomas-Long and has 2 kids Tyler (27) and Jayden (21).