149th MEB promotes newest Major

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By Capt. Andi Hahn, 149th MEB Public Affairs Officer

Col. Scott A. Campbell, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade commander, pins Maj. Andrew F. Caldwell during a promotion ceremony held at the Fairgrounds Armory in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 15.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 19, 2010)–The Kentucky National Guard’s 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade held a promotion ceremony for Maj. Andrew F. Caldwell, brigade operations officer, at the Fairgrounds Armory in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 15.

Col. Scott A. Campbell, the brigade commander, performed the honors while Caldwell’s wife Jamie and son Austin attended in support.

“I can always count on Andrew to give me solid and candid advice, which is good,” Campbell said.  “I have the utmost confidence he will continue to excel in the brigade.” he said.

Caldwell began his military career 12 years ago as an enlisted Soldier.  He then commissioned as an officer and became a platoon leader for D. Company, 206th Engineer Battalion in Hazard, Ky.   Caldwell mobilized with his unit during the first Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.   Upon returning from deployment he was assigned as the Executive Officer of A. Co., 206th EN BN.   During that time he got into the Active Guard Reserve program as an operations officer in the J-3 shop in Frankfort, Ky.  Caldwell was again called up for mobilization during OIF three as part of a security force company.    He returned home as the assistant s-3, or operations officer, in Harrodsburg, Ky before taking command of   A. Co., 206th Engineers for three years. Caldwell then transferred to the MEB as engineers operations officer with full time duties as the S-1, or personnel officer, before taking his current position as the brigade operations officer.

Maj. Andrew F. Caldwell stands with his wife Jamie and son Austin after his promotion ceremony at the Fairgrounds Armory in Louisville, Ky., Oct 15.

“I want to thank everyone who attended today, especially my wife Jamie who has always been my biggest supporter,” Caldwell said.  “Now we [the 149th MEB] just need to go knock out this second annual training!”  he said.

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