Carl J. Lay
Command Sergeant Major, 1st Florida Battalion
CSM Lay began his military career with the U.S. Army in 1989 and served over 23 years active
duty retiring in 2012. His military duties included (19D) Cavalry Scout and (19K) M1 Tanker. His
Leadership positions included Scout Platoon Sergeant, Tank Platoon Sergeant, Tank Company
First Sergeant, Cavalry Troop First Sergeant, Cavalry Squadron Operations NCOIC, Infantry
Battalion Operations NCOIC, and Armor Brigade Operations NCOIC. His military decorations
include Order of St George Medallion, Cavalry Spurs Combat and Spur Ride, Cavalry Saber
and NCO Sword. MSM (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Bronze Star (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army
Commendation Medal with “V” device (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (5 Oak
Leaf Clusters), and many other decorations. CSM Lay holds a B.S degree in Border and
Homeland Security with a Minor in Criminal Justice and Certifications in Counterterrorism and
Disaster/Emergency Management as well as an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and Arts.
He is also a NRA certified firearms instructor. He currently serves as Command Sergeant Major,
1 st Florida Battalion.