CSM Tinker is a native of Homer, New York and he enlisted in the United States Marines as a Mortarman in July 1990 and served as a Marine until July 1994. He then entered the Army on 10 January 1995
CSM Tinker has served in every leadership position from team leader to 1SG. He has served as an ammo bearer, assistant gunner, gunner, Section Sergeant, Fire Direction Center Chief, Platoon Sergeant, Drill Sergeant, and Company First Sergeant, and currently is serving as the Brigade Operations Sergeant Major for 3rd BDE, 3rd ID.
His Stateside assignments include 4.2 inch mortar gunner and Squad leader in 1st Bn, 8th Cavalry Regiment Fort Hood, TX, Fire Direction Center Chief in 2nd Bn, 327th Infantry Fort Campbell, KY, 81/120 MM Mortar Platoon Sergeant in 1st Bn, 32nd Infantry, Fort Drum, NY, 60 MM Mortar section leader in 1st BN, 505th PIR, Fort Bragg, NC, Mortar Platoon Sergeant in 1st Bn, 15th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning Georgia; Drill Sergeant and First Sergeant in 2nd Bn, 19th Infantry Regiment Fort Benning, GA, as An Embedded Training team Sergeant Major mentor in Afghanistan, 1st Infantry Division Fort Riley Kansas, First Sergeant of Fox Company 1-19th IN Fort Benning Ga, First Sergeant of Crusader Company 1-15th Infantry Regiment, First Sergeant of Baker Company 1-15th Infantry Regiment, and First Sergeant of HHC 2-69 AR. His Overseas assignments includes Japan and Cuba. He has deployed to Somalia, Kuwait twice, Afghanistan twice, and Iraq.
CSM Tinker’s Military Education includes Marine Combat Training, Mortar training, Warrior Leaders Course, Air Assault Course, Infantry Mortar Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course Basic Airborne Course, Combat Life Saver’s Course, Drill Sergeant School, and The United States Army Sergeants Major Academy class 65. His Civilian education includes a High School diploma form Homer Central High School, Homer New York.
CSM Tinker’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2nd OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3rd OLC), Army commendation Medal with V device, Army commendation Medal (6 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3th OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Citation, Marine Corp Good Conduct Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), National Defense Medal (2 Bronze Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 Bronze Stars), the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Nato Medal, United Nations Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the Valorous Unit Award and the Meritorious Unit Commendation, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge. He has earned a combat patch from the 82nd Airborne Division for Operation Enduring Freedom, the 3rd Infantry Division for Operation Iraqi Freedom III and the 1st Infantry Division for Operation Enduring Freedom