Missouri National Guardsman, Maj. George Acree was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel during a ceremony October 14, 2012 at Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City Mo. Acree was pinned by his father Robert Acree. (Missouri Army National Guard photo by Pfc. Mariah F. Best)
By Sarah E. Lupescu
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - George Acree, the state surface maintenance manager for the Missouri National Guard, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel this week.
"It is a great day for the Acree family," said Brig. Gen. Greg Mason. "I want to thank everyone for coming. A lot of what he has accomplished throughout his career could not have been without the support of his family."
Acree was joined by family members, fellow Soldiers, and Airmen during his promotion ceremony at the Ike Skelton Training site.
"This is not an award for what you have done in the past," Mason said. "It is the recognition of future potential."
After his family pinned on his new rank, Acree took a moment to say thank you for his promotion.
"I truly accept this promotion with a large amount of humility," Acree said. "I will continue to do my best to meet what is expected of me."
Acree reiterated the point that Mason made, that he couldn't have made it this far in his career without his family's support.
"To my wife and kids, you are my light on dark days and the foundation of my life," Acree said. "I love you all and I hope I can repay you for some of the sacrifices you've made during this military life we have lived together."
Acree also expressed thanks and appreciation to his parents, siblings, and military mentors.
"Thanks for pushing me and helping me be a better Soldier and officer," Acree said.
He closed his thanks by paying tribute to his mother.
"My mom motivated me when I was a teenager," Acree said. "She said it was time that I join the regular Army. Spending nights with the field artillery near the North Korea border made me value some things that I used to take for granted."
Acree has served for more than 25 years with the Army. He spent the first eight years as an enlisted Soldier. He served on several overseas assignments including Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Germany with the European Command Policy, Strategy Partnering and Capabilities in support of Operation Unified Protector.
Acree's civilian education includes a bachelor's degree from Lincoln University and a certificate in homeland defense from the Naval Post Graduate School.
Acree is supported in his military career by his wife, Valerie; children Caleb, Conner, and Tyler; father Robert; and mother-in-law Sarah Lee Carr Hogan.
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George Acree, the state surface maintenance manager for the Missouri National Guard, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. (Missouri Army National Guard photo by Pfc. Mariah F. Best)