University of Southern Maine Army ROTC

CSM (RET) Joseph LaPlante

USM NCOIC & Recruiting Operations NCO (ROO)

Office Location

134 School Street, Gorham Campus


207.780.5726 or 207.272.1277


Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Joseph E. LaPlante Jr. was born in Worcester, Mass. He retired from the U.S. Army after serving active-duty more than 30 years. Before joining the USM ROTC program in 2007, CSM LaPlante served in many positions, to include the following:

  • 1978-1980: Fire Support Specialist, Armorer; Career Counselor, B Battery, 1st Battalion, 29th FA, Fort Carson, Colorado
  • 1981: Field Recruiter, New Bedford, Mass
  • 1984: Station Commander, Fall River Recruiting Station, Fall River, Mass
  • 1985: Company Trainer, Wareham Recruiting Company, Wareham, Mass
  • 1986: Station Commander, Brockton Recruiting Station, Brockton, Mass
  • 1987: Guidance Counselor, Boston Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS)
  • 1989: Senior Operations NCO, Boston Recruiting Battalion
  • 1990: First Sergeant, Santa Rosa Recruiting Company, Santa Rosa, California
  • 1993: Senior Guidance Counselor, Oakland, California, MEPS
  • 1995: First Sergeant, Gilroy Recruiting Company, Gilroy, California; Acting Sergeant Major, Sacramento Recruiting Battalion
  • 1996: First Sergeant, North Bay Recruiting Company, Sacramento Recruiting Battalion
  • 1997: Brigade Master Trainer, 6th Recruiting Brigade, Fort Baker, California
  • 2001: Command Sergeant Major, New England Recruiting Battalion
  • 2004: Command Sergeant Major, 6th Recruiting Brigade

His awards and decorations include the Gold Recruiter Badge (three Star Sapphires), the Recruiter Ring, Glenn E. Morrell Award, Career Counselor Badge, Army Achievement Medal 3rd Award, Army Commendation Medal 3rd Award, the Army Meritorious Service Medal 7th Award, Legion of Merit 2nd Award, National Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development with Numeral #4, Army Service Medal, Army Good Conduct 8th Award, and the Army Superior Unit Citation 2nd Award.

CSM LaPlante is married to Patricia LaPlante and they have two adult daughters, Crystal and Heather.