Staff Sgt. April Bachler
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Parrish Taggart, of Jefferson City, was recently promoted from sergeant 1st class to master sergeant in the Missouri National Guard during a ceremony at Ike Skelton Training Site.
Taggart enlisted in 1987 and was assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters, Missouri. In 2010 he transferred to the 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. He returns to JFHQ-MO as the casualty assistance non-commissioned officer.
"My goal is to do the very best I can in the position I've been put in," said Taggart.
Sergeant Maj. Joyce Hart, an information assurance specialist of Missouri National Guard's directorate of information management, presided over the ceremony.
"I always knew he had so much underlying potential, passion and determination - how can you give up on a Soldier like that," said Hart. "He works so hard to overcome so many obstacles and consistently gave over 100 percent to his Soldiers and to this organization for many years."
Twenty-five years ago, Taggart began his career working in the print shop for the Missouri National Guard. Today, he is a photographer for the visual information branch.
"I like to compare him to the Wizard of Oz," said Lt. Col. Tim C. Bock, the deputy director of the Missouri National Guard's directorate of information management. "There is always someone behind the scenes pulling strings to truly make magic happen - that person is Master Sgt. Taggart."
Taggart deployed to Iraq in 2009 - 2010 as a radio operator for the Military Transition Team.
He was joined at the ceremony by his daughters, Cortni and Danielle, his special guest, Wendy Russell, and several members and employees of the Missouri National Guard.
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