Cathers’ Husband, Army SSGT Levy, removes her former hat for the new hat to be presented.
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Army promotion ceremony held at Anthem Veterans Memorial
Courtesy of Elizabeth Turner
Anthem Veterans Memorial Support Team
One day before the U.S. Army 240th birthday, members of the 1-415th Regiment gathered for U.S. Army Master Sergeant Kristie L. Cathers’ promotion ceremony held at the Anthem Veterans Memorial (AVM). The first promotion ceremony to be held at the AVM since the dedication 2011, the morning served to remind her family, friends and guests in attendance of the strength, pride and patriotism of our veterans.
Master Sergeant Cathers joined the Army in March, 1996. After Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training, she served as a radio operator with the 225th Forward Support Battalion, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. She then applied for, and was accepted into the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s (CID) Apprentice Special Agent Course. As a newly graduated CID Special Agent, she was assigned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky and later deployed to Bosnia. Next MSG Cathers was assigned to Fort Wainwright, Alaska, serving as both a Special Agent and the Detachment Sergeant. MSG Cathers was then assigned to teach at the U.S. Army CID Apprentice Special Agent Course in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. In October 2006, MSG Cathers was deployed to multiple locations in Iraq and Kuwait through November 2007. For her actions in Iraq and Kuwait, MSG Cathers was awarded the Bronze Star.
In February 2008, MSG Cathers joined the U.S. Army Reserves and became a Senior Instructor for the Small Arms Readiness Group, Fort Gilliam, Georgia. After duties with the 75th Training Division and the 345th Regiment, 188th Infantry Brigade, MSG Cathers attended the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Academy at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. MSG Cathers has served as a Drill Sergeant, Senior Drill Sergeant, First Sergeant and finally the Drill Sergeant Recruitment and Candidate Manager with the 1-415 Regiment, 95th Training Division, Phoenix, Arizona.
Her father, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Dan King (Retired), spoke of his daughter's determination and drive, her courage and her steadfast patriotism. As her former rank was removed from her uniform, the Executive Officer of the 1-415 Regiment, Major Chubinsky, reminded her to think about that first day when she joined the Army and the journey she pursued to get to where she is today. Her new rank was placed on her uniform by her husband, Army Drill Sergeant and Staff Sergeant Adam Levy, her best friend, Yanira Santiago (Former Army Sergeant First Class), her son, Maxwell Cathers, age 10 and Lt. Colonel King.
This was more than a promotion to those who watched; it was symbolic of the journey Army veterans have taken since 1775. It represented the personal growth of the U.S. Army men and women who serve in 40 nations and 150 locations worldwide. It forced one to remember those lost in battles and to be grateful that MSG Cathers chose to serve and defend this great nation and the freedoms we deeply value.
MSG Cathers Military Awards:
Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5th Award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Armed
Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (3rd Award), NATO Medal, German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge – Gold, Drill Sergeant Badge, Air Assault Badge.