Colonel to commandant: Vereen pins on star

By Staff Sgt. Kelly Malone
GUIDON staff

Not many general officers can tout that their first-star pinning was presided over by the Army’s reigning chief of staff. After his promotion ceremony Aug. 20, Brig. Gen. Kevin Vereen can do just that.

Gen. Mark Milley, a former boss of Vereen’s, who recently left the position of commander of U.S. Army Forces Command to become the 39th Chief of Staff of the Army, came to Fort Leonard Wood at Vereen’s request. While at FORSCOM, Vereen was Milley’s  executive officer.

“I know you had much more pressing things to do, but you found time to venture out to Fort Leonard Wood, and I am truly honored to have the new Chief of Staff of the Army promote me to the rank of general officer,” Vereen said.

Vereen also thanked the Soldiers, who he said had been…     Read More...