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Timothy Uptegrove named top NCO of weapons of mass destruction team
Timothy Uptegrove named top NCO of weapons of mass destruction team

Master Sgt. Timothy Uptegrove, right, is pinned with his new rank by his unit commander, Lt. Col. Raymond White.
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Dec. 15, 2009) — Timothy Uptegrove, of Lebanon, was recently promoted both in rank and position in the Missouri Army National Guard to become the first sergeant of the 7th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, a full-time National Guard unit at Fort Leonard Wood.

Uptegrove, who has been with the National Guard for 18 years, rose from the rank of sergeant first class to master sergeant and moved up from his position as logistics noncommissioned officer with the 7th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team.

“This promotion gives me a chance to apply what I have learned from, and a means to pay tribute to, the truly great senior noncommissioned officers who have mentored me throughout my career,” Uptegrove said. “The team is an outstanding organization, filled with highly dedicated soldiers and airmen. I look forward to both the challenges and unique opportunities of the Civil Support Team’s first sergeant position.”

Uptegrove earned the dual promotion by being the most qualified for the job through his vast experience on the team, said Lt. Col. Raymond White, 7th Civil Support Team commander.

“He was selected above all applicants,” White said. “The primary role of the first sergeant is to take care of the troops. Master Sgt. Uptegrove has been in several different positions and sections within the unit. He’s seen the different areas and he is a better-rounded individual because of that. Therefore, he understands the needs of the Soldiers and Airmen at every level and can better care for them.”

A 1991 graduate of Appleton City High School, Uptegrove plans to attend first sergeant’s school at the first available opportunity. After he completes the school, Uptegrove is eligible to wear the rank of first sergeant. He is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in history at Columbia College.

Uptegrove is supported in his military career by his wife, Michele, and two children, Tanner, 6, and Mya, 6.

“I share this promotion with my family,” Uptegrove said. “A simple quote can’t begin to pay homage to the support that I receive from them. My wife has supported me completely and stood by my side throughout my military career. She and our children have adapted well to military life. Without their support, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

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