Missouri Guardsman retires after 31 years of service

Brig. Gen. Gregory Mason, assistant adjutant general, presents the meritorious service medal to Lt. Col. Steven Brooks during Brooks’ retirement ceremony at the Ike Skelton Training Site. Brooks has served more than 30 years in the United States military. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Sale, Missouri National Guard).

Brig. Gen. Gregory Mason, assistant adjutant general, presents the meritorious service medal to Lt. Col. Steven Brooks during Brooks' retirement ceremony at the Ike Skelton Training Site. Brooks has served more than 30 years in the United States military. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Sale, Missouri National Guard).

By Sarah E. Lupescu
ngmo.pao@us.army.mil

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - After serving more than 30 years in the military, a Missouri Army National Guardsman was recognized for his time and duty during a retirement ceremony at the Ike Skelton Training Site recently.

Lt. Col. Steven Brooks, a Columbia resident, began his military career in 1981.

"Now that my military career is coming to a close, I plan on staying connected to the Guard community," Brooks said. "I would like to volunteer with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve."

Staying close to the military lifestyle is important to Brooks, he said.

"I'd like to stay an active part of the organization and the mission," Brooks said. "I really enjoy the people here, the high morale, and the good friends I have made over the years."

Brooks received the meritorious service medal during the retirement ceremony. He received the medal for exceptionally meritorious service of duty during a distinguished 31-year career.

"Brooks has displayed the highest standards of performance and service while contributing to the effectiveness of the Missouri Army National Guard," the award read. "Brooks' determination, dedication, devotion to duty and selfless service epitomizes the officer corps."

Rebecca Brooks has supported her husband throughout his military career.

"I couldn't have done this without her," Brooks said. "She was there to take care of the Family during all the times I was gone. Sometimes I think I had it easier than she did, since she was raising our two teenage boys."

Brooks commissioned as an officer in August 1984 and served with 1-128th Field Artillery Battalion. In 2005 he deployed to Afghanistan as the commander for the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team, supervising 12 projects totaling more than 6.5 million dollars. In 2008 Brooks deployed to Kosovo as the task force safety officer. He was responsible for theater safety and HAZMAT issues for more than 1,700 Soldiers from six states and seven nations.

Brooks has performed as the state equal opportunity advisor since returning home from Kosovo in 2009. In his job position, he ensures fair and equitable treatment for all Soldiers.

In addition to the support from his wife, Brooks has been supported in his military career by his two sons, Chris and Billy.

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Brig. Gen. Gregory Mason, assistant adjutant general, pins the meritorious service medal on Lt. Col. Steven Brooks during Brooks’ retirement ceremony at the Ike Skelton Training Site. Brooks has served more than 30 years in the United States military. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Sale, Missouri National Guard).

Brig. Gen. Gregory Mason, assistant adjutant general, pins the meritorious service medal on Lt. Col. Steven Brooks during Brooks' retirement ceremony at the Ike Skelton Training Site. Brooks has served more than 30 years in the United States military. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Sale, Missouri National Guard).

Brig. Gen. Gregory Mason, assistant adjutant general, presents a certificate of appreciation to Rebecca Brooks, wife of Lt. Col. Steven Brooks, during Brooks’ retirement ceremony at the Ike Skelton Training Site. Brooks has served more than 30 years in the United States military. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Sale, Missouri National Guard).

Brig. Gen. Gregory Mason, assistant adjutant general, presents a certificate of appreciation to Rebecca Brooks, wife of Lt. Col. Steven Brooks, during Brooks' retirement ceremony at the Ike Skelton Training Site. Brooks has served more than 30 years in the United States military. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Sale, Missouri National Guard).


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