My name is Wes Maroney. I joined the US Army in 1972, during the Vietnam War, when some people were going to Canada or waiting for the draft.
I learned so much in the military that I have been able to use over the course of my life: professionalism, respect and leadership. I served as a signalman for three years in the 9th Infantry Division and got out as a Sergeant (E-5).
I joined the Army Reserve after my active duty service and would stay in the reserves for the next 30 years, retiring as a sergeant major in the Military Police Corps.
I served in many occupations and many different units over the years. I held the position of a reserve recruiter in one unit, a supply sergeant in another, and a telephone switchboard operator in yet another unit.
I ended up as a military police officer for 20 years, where I was a squad leader, platoon sergeant, first sergeant, battalion sergeant major and provost sergeant major for U.S. Central Command.
I have served at many military forts and camps in the United States. I served in Panama in 1993 and Korea in 1985 and for team spirit exercises in 1988 with the Korean Army.
I was in Saudi Arabia for the first Gulf War at a prisoner of war camp with 25,000. In 2003, I was assigned to the US Central Command (Forward) in Qatar and Iraq. I served as the provost sergeant major, working for Major General Tommy Franks in charge of his security teams.
I have served with the 9th Infantry Division/63rd Reserve Training Division/California National Guard/US Air Force Reserve/49th Military Police Brigade/ 800th Military Police Brigade/95th Reserve Training Division and the US Central Command HQ at MacDill AFB, Fla.
Over my 33 years of service, I earned many awards, decorations and ribbons and attended many service schools. My proudest moment was my graduation from the U.S. Army Sergeant Majors Academy held at Fort Bliss, Texas.