Missouri National Guard engineer earns promotion to colonel

Brent Beckley is pinned by his family during a promotion from lieutenant colonel to colonel at Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City. (Photo by Adam Winters, Missouri National Guard Public Affairs).

Brent Beckley is pinned by his family during a promotion from lieutenant colonel to colonel at Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City. (Photo by Adam Winters, Missouri National Guard Public Affairs).

By Adam Winters
ngmo.pao@us.army.mil

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Brent Beckley, of Jefferson City, was recently promoted from the rank of lieutenant colonel to colonel in the Missouri Army National Guard.

Earning the promotion to colonel represented another milestone in a long illustrious career for Beckley.

"This is not the pinnacle of my career," Beckley said. "I don't intend to stop here, but I'm very grateful to serve in this capacity and grow and help those below me do the same."

Beckley recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan as the commander of Agribusiness Development Team V. He notes his Family's support during deployments helps to keep him striving for more.

"I appreciate the help and support I've received from my Family over the past 25 years of service," Beckley. "Having them here for moments like these are great. Their support means the world to me."

Beckley earned the promotion through his hard work, experience and knowledge, said Brigadier General Randy Alewel, Commander of the 35th Engineer Brigade.

"It's our responsibility as we go through the ranks to remember those who mentored us and also be responsible to mentor and groom our replacements and have them develop and backfill where you go in the future," Alewel said.

Beckley began his career with the National Guard in 1988 as an engineer platoon leader with Company D, 203rd Engineer Battalion. In 1991, Beckley became a Headquarters Support Company, 203rd Engineer Company, Construction Engineer and obtained full time employment with the Missouri National Guard as a battalion training officer.

Since then, Beckley has assumed many roles in the Missouri National Guard, including assistant area damage control officer, construction and facilities management officer, and battalion commander of the 35th Special Troops Battalion.

A 1988 graduate of Missouri Southern State University, Beckley earned a Bachelors of Science in management technology and an Associate's degree in computer assisted drafting.

Beckley is supported in his military career by his wife, Carey, and their children Bryce and Cade.

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