Kentucky Guardsman promoted to major

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By Capt. Andi Hahn, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs Officer

Michael J. Stevens, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, is pinned the rank of major by 149th MEB Commander Col. Scott Campbell and parents Rev. Dr. David and Bonnie Stevens at a promotion ceremony held at the Frazier International History Museum in Louisville, Ky., Jan. 14.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky National Guardsman Michael J. Stevens was promoted to the rank of major during a ceremony held at the Frazier International History Museum in Louisville, Ky., Jan. 14. He is assigned to the Louisville-based 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.

Friends, Family members and fellow Soldiers were in attendance as Stevens was pinned by 149th MEB Commander, Col. Scott Campbell and his parents Rev. Dr. David and Bonnie Stevens.

Michael, a native of Sidney, Neb., is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in history.  He received his commission as a second lieutenant from UNL’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps and entered active duty as an armor officer.  He was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, with the 1st Cavalry Division where he deployed to Iraq.  Stevens participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a scout platoon leader, tank platoon leader and company executive officer before leaving active duty in 2005.

Kentucky National Guardsman Michael J. Stevens was promoted to the rank of major during a ceremony held at the Frazier International History Museum in Louisville, Ky., Jan. 14. He was honored in front of his friends, family members and fellow Soldiers.

Stevens joined the Kentucky Army National Guard in 2006, where he transferred from the armor branch to become a military police officer.  He served as the 149th MEB’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander for two years before being assigned as the MP Operations Officer in Charge.

“As a junior officer I hadn’t expected or thought of major as a goal, but here I am” said Stevens.  “Now that I’ve pinned it on, I realize that lieutenant colonel, colonel and brigadier general are realistic goals.  For right now, though, I want to focus on being the best major I can be and completing this deployment.”

Next up for the new major will be a third deployment overseas; back to Iraq with the brigade as part of Operation New Dawn and the largest mobilization in the Kentucky National Guard since World War II.

“I’m excited to take part in Operation New Dawn,” Stevens said.  “I was there twice for OIF and now have the opportunity to take part in the final days of our involvement in the country.

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