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Michael Jordan's big brother ends Army career
Charlotte Observer ^ | Tuesday, May 16, 2006P | AP

Posted on 06/10/2006 2:09:50 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican

Retiring sergeant major's service called `slam dunk' for military

Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE - based at fort bragg He has the same self-confidence, the same cleanly shaven head, the same famous last name as his brother. But James Jordan has always been his own man.

While his younger brother, Michael, made history on the basketball court, James Jordan forged a distinguished career in a different uniform -- Army green.

Now he has retired after 31 years, one more than required because he chose to stay and accompany his unit on a yearlong tour of duty in Iraq.

"The Army was my life," he said recently. "That's why I dedicated myself to it. I felt I could be very successful in it. It didn't require me to be 6 foot. It just required me to be physically fit."

Jordan, who stands about 5 feet 7 inches and is 48, rose to become command sergeant major of the 35th Signal Brigade, the Army's only airborne signal brigade, based at Fort Bragg. That's the top job for an enlisted signal soldier.

"Jordan may be short in height when it comes to his brother, but, man, he scored a slam dunk every time as a sergeant major," said Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Allen, the senior noncommissioned officer of Fort Bragg and the 18th Airborne Corps.

When Michael Jordan became an NBA star in the 1980s, his older brother had already spent about a decade in the military.

He asked himself a question: "OK, what are you going to be? Are you going to ride a coattail or are you going to keep doing like you are doing?"

There never really was much doubt for a man who learned his work ethic during summers in the farm fields of southeastern North Carolina.

"One of the first things I learned before I went into the Army was that I was the oldest of five kids," he said. "My mom told me, `You have to earn everything you get.' "

His troops' dedication to him was evident during a retirement ceremony at Fort Bragg April 13.

"Do you know that, even though Michael Jordan was out there, everybody was still in line to shake Sergeant Major Jordan's hand, not to pay homage to his brother," Allen said. "I thought that was so cool."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anamericansoldier; army; iraq; jamesjordan; michaeljordan
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1 posted on 06/10/2006 2:09:56 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Good for him. He must be tall to be Jordan's "big" brother. Kidding.


2 posted on 06/10/2006 2:11:53 AM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: MinorityRepublican

I love success stories.


3 posted on 06/10/2006 2:12:50 AM PDT by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans. We Vote.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
It seems Mrs. Jordan managed to raise two extraordinary individuals. My hat is off to her.

L

4 posted on 06/10/2006 2:14:12 AM PDT by Lurker ("They still see you as the infidel, the other, and they'll still kill you. " Mark Steyn)
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5 posted on 06/10/2006 2:19:05 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican (everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL)
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To: Lurker
It seems Mrs. Jordan managed to raise two extraordinary individuals. My hat is off to her.

No doubt some proud parents there.

6 posted on 06/10/2006 2:20:28 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Thank you James Jordon, for your honorable service. We appreciate it..


7 posted on 06/10/2006 2:42:10 AM PDT by alaskamomma
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To: MinorityRepublican

A real class act. I wish him fair winds and following seas in his retirement.


8 posted on 06/10/2006 2:52:18 AM PDT by BTCM
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To: MinorityRepublican

God bless you, Sgt. Maj. Jordan. While your brother is a phenomenal individual and has rightfully become a sports legend, what you gave to your country was FAR more valuable ......and appreciated.


9 posted on 06/10/2006 3:04:08 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: MinorityRepublican
Thank you for this post....what a neat family, both men have had extraordinary impact on peoples lives....
10 posted on 06/10/2006 4:16:36 AM PDT by Kimmers
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To: MinorityRepublican
Command Sergeant Major James R. Jordan

CSM Rank

Sergeant Major James R. Jordan's most recent assignment was Command Sergeant Major of the 327th Signal Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina, since September 1998. He was born in Rose Hill, North Carolina, on 13 September 1957. His military career began in June 1975 where he attended basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He received Advanced Individual Training (AIT) in the Signal Corps at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

His CONUS assignments include the 24th Trans Co, Fort Eustis, Virginia; 2/6 Cav, Fort Knox, Kentucky; 1/20 FA, Fort Carson, Colorado; 2/5 FA, Fort Riley, Kansas; CECOM, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey; 327th Signal Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Command Sergeant Major Jordan has served four overseas tours, these include the 304th Signal Battalion, Republic of Korea; 271st Avn Co, Camp Humphreys, Korea; 2D Eng Bn, 2ID, Camp Pelham, Korea; and 2/5 FA, Neu Ulm, Germany.

Command Sergeant Major Jordan has served in every noncommissioned officer leadership position to include Team Chief, Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Command Sergeant Major. His military schools include training at the Transportation Noncommissioned Officer Leadership Course, Fort Eustis, Virginia; numerous signal electronic schools; ANCOC; First Sergeants Course; and the Sergeants Major Academy. Command Sergeant Major Jordan is working toward a degree in Business Administration.

His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (4th Oak Leaf Cluster); Army Commendation Medal (10th award); Army Achievement Medal (5th award); Humanitarian Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Service Ribbon; NCO Professional Development Ribbon (4th award); and Good Conduct Medal (7th award). He also earned the Army Parachute Qualification Badge as a First Sergeant.


11 posted on 06/10/2006 4:17:34 AM PDT by Sandy
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To: MinorityRepublican

Thank you for your exemplary service to our Country, James Jordan ! Who is Michael Jordan? (just kidding)


12 posted on 06/10/2006 4:21:50 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: Lurker

"It seems Mrs. Jordan managed to raise two extraordinary individuals. My hat is off to her."

yup, but wasn't there a Mr Jordan too?


13 posted on 06/10/2006 4:25:59 AM PDT by driftdiver
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To: driftdiver

The Jordan father was murdered several years ago and the skunk that did it was captured


14 posted on 06/10/2006 4:32:22 AM PDT by rkbliss
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To: MinorityRepublican

Rush was saying (yesterday?) that Michael is a huge Dem and when approached he declined to lend his name for support to their party b/c Republicans buy Nikes too.

Too bad more "celebs" don't follow his lead. Not b/c of their (lack of) stature, but just so we don't have to listen to them!


15 posted on 06/10/2006 4:32:59 AM PDT by synbad600
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To: rkbliss

It was a group of skunks.....very brutal little pieces of sh*t. None of them got what they deserved, imo.


16 posted on 06/10/2006 4:36:25 AM PDT by funnynurse
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To: driftdiver

Good point.


17 posted on 06/10/2006 4:39:35 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: funnynurse

The elder Jordan was only 57 when he died....

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) -- An ex-convict was convicted Thursday of murdering basketball star Michael Jordan's father, who was shot during a holdup as he awoke from a nap along a dark highway in his $40,000 luxury car.

Daniel Green, 21, could get the death penalty for shooting 57-year-old James R. Jordan in the chest in 1993.


18 posted on 06/10/2006 4:40:18 AM PDT by rkbliss
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To: MinorityRepublican

God bless James Jordan!


19 posted on 06/10/2006 4:50:04 AM PDT by Guenevere
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To: rkbliss

It was a group of them....they shot him in the head,ditched his body in a swamp or a creek or such, stole his Lexus and then drove it up here to Fort Bragg/Fayetteville. During the trial, it was reported that they realized the identity of their victim b/c of the ring he was wearing......a championship ring earned by his son. I beleive the exact quote was "I think we just shot Micheal Jordan's daddy".

I don't think any of them got the death penalty, but its been years and I could be wrong.


20 posted on 06/10/2006 4:54:40 AM PDT by funnynurse
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To: rkbliss

I was thinking there was a real family behind these two success stories. Thats the important part that the MSM and liberals gloss over. With a Mom and a Dad in the home children have a much better chance.


21 posted on 06/10/2006 4:56:35 AM PDT by driftdiver
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To: MinorityRepublican

Wonderful story! In this era of "Celebrity Gods" comprised of singers, actors and athletes, I often asked: who was the valedictorian in Michael Jordan's high school class? Anyone know? Little did I know that away from the spotlight MJ's own brother was forging a magnificent career in the Army.


22 posted on 06/10/2006 4:58:11 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: MinorityRepublican
Now, THIS man is a hero, and should be to our kids.

Have a great retirement, Mr. Jordan - you deserve it.

23 posted on 06/10/2006 4:58:27 AM PDT by gramho12
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To: MinorityRepublican

Standing tall and looking good.

HOORAH, CSM James Jordan!


24 posted on 06/10/2006 5:04:46 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Crush Code Pink, see them driven before you and hear the lamentation of the womyn)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I'm impressed.

Congratulations and Thank You, Mr. James Jordan.


25 posted on 06/10/2006 5:09:58 AM PDT by Samwise (All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

31 years of service is actually 11 more years than required for retirement, not 1 as the article indicates.


26 posted on 06/10/2006 5:21:10 AM PDT by Boris99
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To: Boris99
31 years of service is actually 11 more years than required for retirement, not 1 as the article indicates.

I was going to point that out as well. Consider the lamestream media source.

27 posted on 06/10/2006 5:50:15 AM PDT by Looking4Truth (Radical muslims and illegal immigrants: One group wants to kill U.S and the other invade U.S.)
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To: All

I always liked Michael (even though his Mother was a Clinton supporter). I appreciate the fact that he refused to be used by the Democrats. Even though he may be a Dem, he respects the fact that a lot of his fans are not. I wish more celebrities would realize this.

Now after reading about his brother, I like his brother more. What a great family.


28 posted on 06/10/2006 5:55:13 AM PDT by ClarenceThomasfan (It's like a plantation - and you know what I mean!)
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To: Looking4Truth

31 years of service.

I believe a command sergeant major may serve up to 35 years.


29 posted on 06/10/2006 6:00:52 AM PDT by elcid1970
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To: RightOnline
That's right. SGM Jordan didn't waste a #1 draft pick on Kwame Brown.
30 posted on 06/10/2006 6:10:24 AM PDT by GAB-1955 (being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the Kingdom of Heaven....)
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To: Boris99; Looking4Truth
31 years of service is actually 11 more years than required for retirement, not 1 as the article indicates.

At 30 years you're eleigible for the max pension of 75% of your base salary. Continued service past that point results in no increase in pension benefits. I believe that's what they are referring to.

31 posted on 06/10/2006 6:11:00 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: MinorityRepublican

Congratulations to a well deserved and earned retirement. I hope the wind is always to your back. Thanks for your proud service and thank you for being a true American hero.


32 posted on 06/10/2006 6:13:56 AM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Uplifting.

GOD be with him and his family.


33 posted on 06/10/2006 6:15:12 AM PDT by Dustbunny (Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me)
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To: Lurker
***It seems Mrs. Jordan managed to raise two extraordinary individuals. My hat is off to her.***

Don't forget Mr. Jordan.

IIRC he was the major influence on the kids. His murder was quite a shock (that's when Michael 1st retired).

34 posted on 06/10/2006 6:18:34 AM PDT by Condor51 (Better to fight for something than live for nothing - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: Non-Sequitur

The point most certainly wasn't made in the article. It must have been written by a journalist, not a reporter.


35 posted on 06/10/2006 6:19:55 AM PDT by em2vn
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To: TheWasteLand

Michael Jordan is a money making machine, think of how easy it would have been for James to quit and live like a king being part of his brothers empire. He shows great character and committment.


36 posted on 06/10/2006 6:31:35 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: MinorityRepublican

I worked with (then) SSG Jordan in Korea, he was a great hard working NCO then and a looks like he still is! It's so nice to see that hard work and dedication still gets recognition.


38 posted on 06/10/2006 7:19:18 AM PDT by SAMS (Nobody loves a soldier until the enemy is at the gate; Army Wife & Marine Mom)
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"It seems Mrs. Jordan managed to raise two extraordinary individuals."

Well, at least one.


39 posted on 06/10/2006 7:24:42 AM PDT by proudpapa (of three.)
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This could make a good tv movie-of-the-week. A story of one brother finding fame on the basketball court and the other finding honor on the battlefield.


40 posted on 06/10/2006 8:02:32 AM PDT by ClarenceThomasfan (It's like a plantation - and you know what I mean!)
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To: TheWasteLand
For those that don't know, a CSM can become something of a legend, regardless of the last name. They are the best of the best, and it is a long, hard road to rise to that level. Congratulations to CSM Jordan.
41 posted on 06/10/2006 9:19:47 AM PDT by DariusBane (I do not separate people, as do the narrow-minded, into Greeks and barbarians.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
he chose to stay and accompany his unit on a yearlong tour of duty in Iraq

This fine man is a recruiting ad all by himself. God bless him and his family.

42 posted on 06/10/2006 10:16:12 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: MinorityRepublican

Great post! Thank you CSM Jordan for your invaluable service to our Country. What you chose to do with your life is important!


43 posted on 06/10/2006 10:27:46 AM PDT by AprilfromTexas
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Michael Jordan is a brilliant businessman. It doesn't matter if he's a huge Democrat. That's his private business.

Dixie Chicks could have learned from MJ.

44 posted on 06/10/2006 10:40:14 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican (everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL)
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damn...a COMMAND Sergeant Major!

That's almost as high as an enlisted can get. oh-la-la, I'm impressed.

I wonder what his original MOS was: He was Signal Corp.


45 posted on 06/10/2006 10:45:56 AM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: Sandy

damn...a COMMAND Sergeant Major!

That's almost as high as an enlisted can get. oh-la-la, I'm impressed.

I wonder what his original MOS was: He was Signal Corp.


46 posted on 06/10/2006 10:46:01 AM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

America's finest bump! Thanks for serving James Jordan.


47 posted on 06/10/2006 10:48:42 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: MinorityRepublican
Jordan, who stands about 5 feet 7 inches and ...

[How can one brother be NBA sized and the other only 5'7"?

48 posted on 06/10/2006 10:51:54 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: MinorityRepublican

It used to be that athletics and the military were pursuits that built character. Now it seems, it is just the latter.


49 posted on 06/10/2006 10:58:15 AM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: Biblebelter

I would love to be able to ask G. Looney what advice he would give to any fellow Hollyweird types who wanted to join the service, a la the real Hollywood men that DID protect everyone's freedoms during WWII.


50 posted on 06/10/2006 12:14:43 PM PDT by synbad600
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