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Maroney saw much in his more than 30 years in the U.S. Army
Honoring All Who Served

The 9th Infantry, in which Maroney served, is one of the Army’s most decorated.

The 9th Infantry, in which Maroney served, is one of the Army’s most decorated.

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.

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