Press release from the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce:
The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce has announced that Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth Preston is scheduled to be the guest speaker for the Annual Armed Forces Day Luncheon on Friday, May 16th at the Patriot Club on Fort Sill. SMA Preston is also scheduled to be the Parade Marshal for the Armed Forces Day Parade on Saturday, May 17th.
Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth Preston was sworn in as the 13th Sergeant Major of the Army on January 15, 2004. SMA Preston has held a variety of leadership positions throughout his career ranging from cavalry scout to command sergeant major. As Sergeant Major of the Army, Preston serves as the Army Chief of Staff's personal adviser on all enlisted-related matters, particularly in areas affecting Soldier training and quality of life. He devotes the majority of his time to traveling throughout the Army observing training, and talking to Soldiers and their families. He sits on a wide variety of councils and boards that make decisions affecting enlisted Soldiers and their families and is routinely invited to testify before Congress.
Preston is a native of Mount Savage, MD., and was born February 18, 1957. He entered the Army on June 30, 1975. He attended Basic Training and Armor Advances Individual Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Throughout his 30-year career, he has served in every enlisted leadership position from cavalry scout and tank commander to his current position as Sergeant Major of the Army. His most recent assignment was as the command sergeant major for Combined Joint Task Force 7 serving in Baghdad, Iraq.
"We are highly honored that SMA Preston will be the guest speaker at our Armed Forces Day Luncheon and are pleased that he will be spending time in our community. Joslyn Wood, our Director of Government & Military Affairs, and the entire Armed Forces Day luncheon sub-committee worked extremely hard to ensure a quality speaker for this important tribute to the men and women that serve in our armed forces," commented Dana Davis, President and CEO of the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce. Nancy Mace, Armed Forces Day Celebration Chairperson, stated: "This outstanding speaker sets the tone for a patriotic celebration to honor our Armed Forces. We are very excited to have the Sergeant Major of the Army as our Parade Marshal on Saturday for the Armed Forces Day Parade and celebration in Elmer Thomas Park."