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BG Sylvester Cannon

Commander, 135th Expeditionary Sustainment Command

BG Sylvester Cannon is commander of the 135th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), which is assigned to the Alabama Army National Guard. The unit provides Command and Control of all assigned, attached, and/or Op-Conned units, as well as sustainment planning and guidance, in order to provide mission support operations as directed by National Command Authorities, the Governor or TAG.

BG Cannon was commissioned in June 1985 through the Officer Candidate School.  He served as a Military Police officer in various company level assignments from 1985-1989. BG Cannon then went on to battalion staff and company command in the Alabama National Guard's 231st MP Battalion.  Some of BG Cannon's key assignments as a senior officer include strategy and policy planner, JFHQ-HLS, USNORTHCOM; battalion commander, 231st MP Battalion; inspector general, 167th Theater Sustainment Command; and two Afghanistan deployments - as division chief, 135th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary); and as the commander of the 226th Manuever Enhancement Brigade.

Civilian Occupation 

Manager, Alabama Department of Revenue


1983 Bachelor of Science, University of Alabama
1995 Master of Science, Troy State University
2009 Master of Science, United States Army War College

Awards and Decorations 

Bronze Star Medal with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Army Achievement Medal
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with 1 SOLC and 2 BOLC
National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star
Humanitarian Service Medal with BOLC
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass Device and M Device
Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon
Army Service Ribbon NATO-ISAF Medal
Meritorious Unit Citation
Distinguished Service Medal of Alabama
Alabama Commendation Medal
Veterans Service Medal of Alabama with 2 BOLC
Special Service Medal of Alabama with BOLC
Faithful Service Medal of Alabama with 1 Silver SAC and 2 Bronze SAC
Active Duty Basic Training Medal
The Order of St. Martin
The Order of Marechaussee

Governor Robert Bentley
Governor Robert Bentley

Major General Perry Smith
Major General Perry Smith


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