State Command Chief Warrant Officer - Chief Warrant Officer 5 Todd Dressler

Command Chief Warrant Officer 5 Todd Dressler was appointed by Maj. Gen. Timothy A. Reisch as South Dakota's seventh State Command Chief Warrant Officer on Feb. 1, 2017.

As the command chief, he serves as the senior warrant officer advisor to the adjutant general to address warrant officer development and strength management of the Warrant Officer Corps. Dressler is responsible for keeping the adjutant informed and making recommendations in matters of recruiting, morale, welfare, schooling, promotion and retention. He oversees a Warrant Officer Advisory Committee as the spokesperson to advise the adjutant and the chain of command on warrant officer management.

Dressler began his military service in January 1984 when he enlisted in the SDARNG with the 854th Engineer Company, in Wagner.  He spent the next 12 years in numerous enlisted positions with the 854th, 1007th Quarter Master Company, 211th Engineer Company, 88th Troop Command and State Area Command Headquarters in Rapid City - where he attained the rank of staff sergeant.

He received his appointment as a warrant officer in September 1995. Dressler is a graduate of the Warrant Officer Staff Course and the Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Throughout his career, Dressler served as officer and enlisted personnel manager, SIDPERS chief, force integration/readiness officer and AGR manager with Joint Force Headquarters in Rapid City.

Dressler deployed in 2010 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade of Sioux Falls.

In 2015, Dressler was promoted to chief warrant officer 5. Dressler has been employed by the SDARNG for 28 years and currently works in the human resource office as the AGR manager for the SDNG in Rapid City.  Dressler has been a member of the National Guard Association of the United States for 21 years serving in positions of secretary, second vice, first vice and president.


2013, University of New York, Bachelor of Science

January 1984 – May 1986, Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic, 854th Engr Co, SDARNG, Wagner, SD
May 1986 – June 1987, Motor Vehicle Operator, 1007th QM Co, Wagner, SD

June 1987 – February 1990, Bridge Crewmember, 854th Engr Co, Wagner, SD

February 1990 – August 1991, Unit Clerk, 211th Engr Co, Mobridge, SD
August 1991 – January 2006, Military Personnel Technician , JFHQ, SDARNG, Rapid City, SD

January 2006 – November 2014, Force Integration/Readiness Officer, JFHQ-SD, Rapid City, SD

November 2014 – January 2017, Human Resources Technician, JFHQ-SD, Rapid City, SD
February 2017 – Present, Command Chief Warrant Officer, SDARNG, Rapid City, SD


Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (3)
Army Commendation Medal (4)
Army Achievement Medal (2)
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (6)
National Defense Service Medal (2)
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal

Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (3)

NATO Medal
NCO Professional Development Ribbon (2)

Overseas Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (2)

South Dakota Ribbon for Valor

South Dakota Distinguished Service ribbon (3)
South Dakota National Guard Emergency Operations Ribbon
South Dakota National Guard Service Medal (6)
South Dakota Desert Storm Unit Citation
South Dakota National Guard Achievement Ribbon

South Dakota Recruiting Ribbon


American Legion Post 11
National Guard Association of South Dakota
Warrant Officer Association of the United States

Association of the United States Army