Brinkman promoted to sergeant major

Military: Def. grad is promoted to Sergeant Major Published:

FORT LEWIS, Wash. -- Kyle Brinkman has been promoted to Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army.

He is currently with the 23rd Chemical Battalion at Fort Lewis, Wash.

His assignments have included Fort McClellan, Ala.,(1992), where he attended OSUT to become a chemical operations specialist; Second Chemical Battalion Fort Hood, Texas (1992-'95 and 1999-2002); 63rd Chemical Company and 626 Forward Support Battalion Fort Campbell, Ky., (1995-'98); and 122nd Signal Battalion, Republic of Korea (1998-'99), Defense Threat Reduction Agency Fort Belvoir, Va. (2002-2005).

Brinkman deployed in support of OIF1 on a Sensitive Site Exploitation Team in support of First Marine Division, OIF2 in support of the Iraqi Survey Group and Sector Control Point Baghdad as a Mobile Collection Team NCOIC; and recently returned from Afghanistan in support of CJTF-82's OEF 06-08 rotation as the HHD, 23rd Chemical Battalion Detachment Sergeant.

He has held leadership positions as a squad leader, platoon sergeant and field supervisor of a Chemical Weapons Escort Team, detachment sergeant, and first sergeant.

Brinkman's awards include: the Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal with five knots, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral three, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral two, NATO Medal, and the Air Assault Badge.

He was inducted into the Prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club in 1999 at Fort Hood, Texas.

Brinkman is a graduate of Warrior Leaders Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, and Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer Course.

The Sergeant Major is presently pursuing his bachelor's degree in homeland security from American Military University.

Brinkman, a graduate of Napoleon High School, entered the Army in July 1992. He is the son of Larry and Jan Brinkman.

Sergeant Major Brinkman and his wife, Melissa, have been married for 18 years.

They have two children, Devyn and Laryn.


LAWTON, Okla. -- Army recruit Mark Reyes has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers.

Reyes is the brother of Rudy Reyes of Defiance, and the grandson of Janie Hernandez of Dallas, Texas.

He is a recent graduate of Defiance High School.

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