FORT LEONARD WOOD, Missouri — Col. Sean Crockett, commander of the U.S. Army Chemistry, Biology, Radiation, and Nuclear Schools, was promoted to brigadier general in a ceremony at the Lincoln Hall Auditorium on Tuesday.
The ceremony was presided over by Lieutenant General Maria Gervais, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and 28th Chief of Chemistry, thanking the Fort Leonard Wood community for their support and saying, “It’s nice to be back here.” said. headquarters of the regiment. “
“The support for what we are doing here in the military and what we are doing to help our country, the Army, is incredible and unmatched. ‘ she said.
Gervais emphasized several attributes that made Crockett a good army leader.
“We know he will lead with distinction,” she said. “He has the right traits. He has the right character. He has the right emotions and passion to serve as an officer and what I have said is the most trained officer in this world.” , the most commanded, best equipped, most respected and most feared military force.
Gervais said that a general is “constructed” during a brigadier’s promotion ceremony — which includes the presentation of the officer’s flag, belt and pistol — but “this general’s actual construction is to get to this point. “
“All the experiences he has had and the experiences that have personally impacted him have made him the leader he is today,” she said.
According to Gervais, Crockett comes from a family with a history of military service. His grandfather served in World War II and his father served in the Navy. But it was the way he was raised that made him the great leader he is today, she said.
“We want to thank you for sharing your son with us and for the great values and spirit of service you have instilled in him,” Gervais told Crockett’s parents at the ceremony.
The promotion to general officer is more than an acknowledgment of past achievements, Gervais added.
It really is a possibility. Chances are he will have to serve in the highest ranks of our military,” she said.
After his family, which included wife Natalie, daughter Savannah, and son Colin, stuck to his new rank, the new officer called his family “the reason I do what I do every day.” I helped him get here. He also described the moment he knew he would serve in the military, when his grandfather told him the story of being a fighter pilot and being shot down in Normandy, France, in June 1944. It’s time.
“He first told me that story when I was 13 years old in Yorba Linda, California. At that moment, I knew this was what I was going to do,” Crockett said. Told.
A 1995 graduate of Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, Crockett was assigned to the Chemical Corps on March 17, 1995. Three days later, in Fort, Alabama, he attended his CBRN training at McClellan, he said. I have served in this proud regiment ever since. “
Noting that he and his family have worked in 18 locations for 28 years, he said:
Crockett called his current position “a once-in-a-lifetime mission with some of the best officers, noncommissioned officers, soldiers, civilians, community members, and leaders on the planet.”
“Nat and I are grateful for the enduring support and assistance this community has provided our family over the many years we have served here,” he said. As many of you know, Fort Leonard Wood is the home of our Army, and being able to continue our services at the home of our Mobile Support Center of Excellence and our CBRN Regiment is a great honor. It was my greatest privilege.”
Of note, Crockett holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Operations Management and a Master’s degree in Business Organization Security Management and Strategic Studies. He is also a graduate of the Chemical Officer Basic Course, Airborne Course, Chemical Captain Career Course, Allied Service Staff School, Technical Escort Course, Command and General Staff Officer Course, and Army War College.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (one oak leaf cluster), the National Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters), and the Army Commendation Medal (oak leaf cluster). two clusters of , Army Meritorious Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), Army Senior Unit Award, Bronze His Starred Defense Medal, Army Expeditionary Medal, His Counterterrorism Service Medal, Paratrooper Badge, and German Efficiency Badge (Gold) . He wears the Iraqi Multinational Corps as a combat patch.
More photos of Crockett’s promotion ceremony are available on the Fort Leonard Wood Flickr page.