Command Sergeant Major Cynthia A. Pritchett served as the Combined Forces Command
Afghanistan Command Sergeant Major beginning on 9 May 2004 and relinquished her duties on 5 April 2006.
She is the first senior enlisted female to serve as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader of
a sub-unified combatant command in a time of war. From 9 May 2004 until 5 April 2006, Command Sergeant Major Pritchett was the principle advisor to the Commander, Combined Forces-Afghanistan on all matters concerning joint /combined forces.
A native of Concord, New Hampshire, CSM Pritchett entered the Army on 2 July 1973 as a supply specialist. During her career she has served in a variety of leadership positions to include: Squad Leader, Section Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant, Battalion Command Sergeant Major, Installation Command Sergeant Major, Student and Faculty Battalion Commander and Combined Arms Center and Ft. Leavenworth Command Sergeant Major.
She also served as a Drill Sergeant, an Army Recruiter, and an Instructor at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
CSM Pritchett is a member of the U.S. Army Europe Sergeant Morales Club, the Secretary of the Army's Task Force on Extremist Activities, and Senior Review Panel on
Sexual Harassment. She served as the Army's Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) from 1995-2001.
In March 2009, CSM Pritchett was inducted into the Army Women's Foundation Hall of Fame; as a multifunctional logistician. In 2014, CSM Pritchett was inducted into the Quartermaster Hall of Fame. The Quartermaster Hall of Fame program recognizes retired military and civilians who have made lasting, significant contributions to the Quartermaster Corps.
In November 2013, she was honored by Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) program's "FIRST" initiative. This program is designed to recognize significant FIRSTs for women both in the military and from across society. Representing FIRST achievements themselves - being honored with the V-WISE First
She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Army Women's Foundation as the first Vice
President; the foundation is the premier center for educational excellence, the national network for today's Army women and a dynamic advocate for telling the history of Army women.
She is a member of the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) Advisory Council. She served on the Board of Directors of The Women in Military Service for America Memorial (WIMSA). Memorial (WIMSA).