Newly promoted Sgt. Maj. Steven P. Squires, of Troy, receives his new rank insignia from his wife, Sgt. 1st Class Melissa Squires, his two sons, Derek and David, and from Lt. Col. Christopher Mickan of the Guard's 70th Troop Command.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. - A Missouri National Guard Soldier, Steven P. Squires, of Troy, was promoted to the rank of sergeant major during a ceremony Aug. 1 at the Joint Armed Forces Reserve Center at Jefferson Barracks in south St. Louis County.
Squires is the noncommissioned officer in charge of future operations for the 70th Troop Command, the largest brigade in the Missouri Guard.
A Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Squires' military career spans nearly 30 years and includes deployments to Germany, Korea and Panama. After graduating from McCluer High School in 1982, Squires served in the active duty Army from 1983 to 1991 and then enlisted in the Army Reserve where he served for two years before joining the Missouri National Guard in 1993.
As a young recruit, Squires said he never imagined becoming a sergeant major.
"I joined the military as a young, knucklehead teenager who was spinning out of control," he said. "I needed the guidance, the leadership and the structure of the Army to get me away from some bad elements."
During his promotion ceremony, Squires' leadership was praised by Lt. Col. Christopher Mickan, Troop Command's administrative officer.
"This promotion is well-deserved," said Mickan. "Sgt. Maj. Squires' leadership and job performance has been well above and beyond my expectations. We have all come to rely on him quite a bit. There is nothing that we have thrown his way that he couldn't handle."
Squires thanked friends and fellow Soldiers who he credited with helping him throughout his military career. He also expressed gratitude for the support of his wife, Melissa, who also serves in the National Guard as a sergeant first class with the 835th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.
Sgt. Maj. Squires and his wife are the proud parents of two boys, Derek and David. David recently enlisted in the National Guard and serves with the Warrenton-based 3175th Military Police Company.
Squires is the son of Ron and Sue Squires of Steelville.
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