Billy E. Prysock entered the Army in 1954, beginning a long career as a manager, trainer, and leader in the ammunition field.
He served as an ammunition platoon sergeant and twice as first sergeant in ammunition companies during two tours of duty in Vietnam.
He also served three tours of duty at the Ordnance Missile and Munitions Center and School, progressing from assignments as instructor, chief instructor, and sergeant major for the Directorate of Training.
During these assignments, he was instrumental in restructuring the enlisted ammunition career field and implementing the Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Courses.
In 1975, as Command Sergeant Major of the 19th Support Group in Korea, he served on two major study groups. One group devised a system for the renovation and maintenance of Republic of Korea ammunition stocks, and the other group developed plans for the shipment of ammunition north of the Han River in the event of war.
While serving as the command sergeant major for the US Army Logistics Center from 1985 to 1987, he applied his expertise in training to restructure and improve the Noncommissioned Officer Education System. Assisted by the school command sergeants major, he developed a Noncommissioned Officer Academy model for the Log Center's four associated schools, which included the Ordnance Center and School and the Ordnance Missile and Munitions Center and School.
In addition, he served tours of duty as command sergeant major for the 19th Support Command, Korea; Pusan Garrison, Korea; 7th Infantry Division, Fort Ord; Depot Systems Command, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; 3rd Support Command, Germany; and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal. While serving in these organizations, he received universal praise from his commanders for his attention to the needs of his soldiers and their families.
During his career, he trained and mentored more than 75 command sergeants major, 18 staff sergeants major, and 169 first sergeants.
CSM Prysock retired in 1989 after 35 years of distinguished service to the Army and the Ordnance noncommissioned officer corps.