CSM John H. Lane Command Sergeant Major Georgia Army National Guard - SAVANNAH - Command Sergeant Major John H. Lane serves as the Joint Operations Sergeant Major providing military support to coordinate, facilitate, and complete crisis Management Contingency plans in synchronization with the State Home Land Security Task Force. Also under Joint Operations are Counterdrug, State Partnership for Peace Republic of Georgia, 4th Civil Support Team, Peach State Star Base and Georgia National Guard Youth Challenge Academy. CSM Lane was instrumental in the huge success of the G-8 Summit in Georgia the summer of 2004. Command Sergeant Major John H. Lane previously served as the State Command Sergeant Major for the Georgia Army National Guard where he served as the senior enlisted representative for more than 8,000 enlisted soldiers drilling in more than 70 locations across the state. Since his appointment in 1993, CSM Lane has played a key role in a number of major events including the response by nearly 5,000 National Guard members during the flooding in central and southwest Georgia in 1994; and the service of more than 10,000 National Guard personnel during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. He was also instrumental in the successful rotation of 48th Infantry Brigade units to the National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, California in 1996, and the preparation for the deployment of several Georgia National Guard units to support the peacekeeping efforts in Bosnia. During his tenure, the Georgia National Guard also responded to numerous other state emergencies including Hurricane Floyd in 1998, tornadoes in north Georgia in 1999, and the preparation for Y2K response in 2000. As State Command Sergeant Major he was instrumental in the formation of the State Sergeants Major Council in Georgia. He also serves as a member of the National Guard Bureau Safety Council, and member of the Georgia Department of Defense Strategic Management Planning Board. A native of Washington, D.C., CSM Lane was raised in Albany, Georgia and has more than 43 years of continuous military service. He entered active duty with the United States Army in 1967 where he served until 1976. Returning to Georgia, he became a full-time employee with the Georgia Army National Guard where he has served continuously. He has served in a variety of assignments to include infantry, military intelligence and aviation units. He was a unit First Sergeant for 11 years, and was Command Sergeant Major for the 151st Military Intelligence Battalion, before being appointed to his current position in 1993. CSM Lane has served overseas tours in both Vietnam and Korea, and also served on several military posts both in CONUS and overseas including Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Polk, Louisiana; Camp Zama, Japan; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Eustis, Virginia; and Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. A past-President of the Georgia National Guard Enlisted Association, CSM Lane also served as captain of the Georgia National Guard Marathon Team and he represented the Georgia National Guard in the 1991 Ironman World Triathlon Championship in Kona, Hawaii. His numerous awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit Medal with oak leaf cluster; Georgia Meritorious Service Medal; the Army Meritorious Service Medal; the Army Commendation Medal with V Device for Heroism; Airforce commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster; Army Good Conduct Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal; Overseas Service medal Bar (2); Aircraft Crewmember Badge; Combat Infantrymen's Badge; NCO Development Ribbon (4); Indiana army Commendation medal; and a Army Physical Fitness Badge. He has also earned U.S. Army Aviation Master Crewmember Badge; Sergeant Audie Murphy Award and the Georgia Oglethorpe Award. CSM Lane's military education includes the Basic Combat Infantry School; Advance Combat Infantry School, CH-47 Chinook Helicopter Course; CH-54 Helicopter Course; U.S. Army Aviation Accident Prevention Course; U.S. Army Athletic NCO Course; U.S. Army NCO Academy, Bearcat Vietnam; U.S. Army 101st Airborne NCO Academy; Army Master Fitness Course; National Guard Battleskills course; Georgia Military Academy Senior NCO course; First Sergeant Course; Sergeant Majors Course, I.T.C. Instructor course; National Guard Alcohol and Drug Abuse course; United States Army Sergeant Majors Academy Resident course Class #36, U.S. Army Command Sergeant Majors Academy Instructor Course; and the Military Intelligence Senior NCO Pre-Command course. His civilian education includes associates degrees from Albany Junior College in Albany, Georgia, and Saint Leo College , Florida. He is survived by his wife, JoAnne Lane, 2 sons, John Lane Jr., Jathon Lane and wife Ashley; three grandchildren, Trevor, Chase, and Charley. Visitation: 10 - 11 a.m. Saturday, at Fairhaven Funeral Home - Hubert C. Baker Chapel. Memorial Services: 11 a.m. Saturday in the Hubert C. Baker Chapel. Inurnment: Arlington National Cemetery. Savannah Morning News February 8, 2013 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries.
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Published in Savannah Morning News from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8, 2013