Command Sergeant Major Panapa R. Willis has been selected to be the next Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command.  

CSM Willis is the son of the late Panapa “Pops” Willis, Sr., of Pago Pago and Rae Heck of Detroit, Michigan.  He hails from the village of Pago Pago, and graduated in 1985 from Samoana High School.  Panapa and his wife Tonya have two sons – Tai (17) and Loki (13).

CSM Willis will be working for Major General Stephen G. Fogarty, Commanding General of U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM),who selected him for the position.  He officially assumed responsibility on July 6, 2012.

The U.S. Army INSCOM conducts intelligence, security and information operations for military commanders and national decision makers.   With headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, this global command includes 16 brigades with about 10,000 soldiers and 5,000 civilian personnel dispersed over 180 locations worldwide.

CSM Willis’ most recent assignment was Command Sergeant Major of the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade Command based in Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Germany.  

Cong. Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin offered his congratulations saying, “Command Sergeant Major Panapa Willis is an outstanding soldier who has earned the respect of his fellow Army soldiers and superiors alike and I am pleased that Major General Stephen Fogarty and the U.S. Army have recognized his leadership qualities by selecting him as Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army INSCOM,” Faleomavaega said.

“This is a major step for CSM Panapa Willis as he assumes responsibilities as Command Sergeant Major of a major U.S. Army command where he also assumes the role of Senior Enlisted Leader and Advisor to the Commanding General on behalf of all enlisted service members under his charge.”

“I have met Panapa on a number of occasions in my Washington, D.C. office and I have been especially impressed by his knowledge of our national security interests and military objectives around the world.  So, I congratulate Panapa on this major milestone in his military career as he begins his new position as the command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, ” Faleomavaega continued.  

“Again, I commend CSM Panapa Willis for his many achievements and his outstanding service to our country.  I also want to acknowledge his wife Tonya and their two sons, Tai and Loki, whose tremendous support and sacrifices made it possible for Panapa to succeed in his military career.  I know Panapa will continue to make us all proud as Samoans and I wish him well in his new assignment and responsibilities at the U.S. Army INSCOM Command,” Faleomavaega concluded.


CSM Panapa Willis joined the military in 1985 after he graduated from high school.  He attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Huachuca, Arizona in March 1986.  He has served in every leadership position from Track Commander to Command Sergeant Major, and has served as an Intelligence Professional at Battalion, Regiment, Group, Brigade, Division, Corps and Theater level.  The specific leadership positions he has held include:  Command Sergeant Major, 307th Military Intelligence Battalion, RAF Menwith Hill, United Kingdom; S2 SGM, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; First Sergeant Special Operations Command Europe (Airborne), Stuttgart Germany; Intelligence Sergeant for the European Survey and Assessment Team (Airborne); J2 NCOIC, Special Operations Command Europe (Airborne), Stuttgart Germany; S3 Operations Sergeant, 319th MI Battalion (Ops)(Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; First Sergeant, HHD 525th MI Brigade (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; G2/J5 Plans NCOIC, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; S2/3 NCOIC, 175th FINCOM, UNC/USFK Korea; S2 NCOIC, 159th Combat Aviation Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; S2 analyst, 6th Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (FWD), Zaku, Iraq; S2 NCOIC, 3/3 Combat Aviation Regiment (ATK), 3rd Infantry Division, Giebelstadt, Germany; G2 analyst All Source Intelligence Center, HHC, and 3rd Infantry Division, Wurzburg, Germany.

CSM Panapa Willis holds a Bachelors of Intelligence Studies through American Military University.  His military education includes Military Occupation Specialty 35F, Intelligence Analyst; the Warrior Leaders Course, Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Courses, Battle Staff and First Sergeants Courses, and the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 56; additionally he has completed Airborne and Jump Master School, Joint Special Operations Senior Leaders Course and the Special Operations Support course.
CSM Willis' military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (11 OLC), the Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2OLC), the Humanitarian Service Medal (3OLC), the Southwest Asia Service Medal (2BS), the Saudi/Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the Korean Defense Service Medal; the Master Parachutist Badge, and the Australian, Canadian, German, Honduran and South African Jump Wings. He is also a recipient of the Military Intelligence Corps Association Knowlton Award.

Source:  Office of Cong. Faleomavaega

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