Posted: May 13, 2005 3:58 pm EST

Its a family thing - Two generations of the US Army celebrate promotion (~5 col. in.)
by Brian Livingston/Laurel (Miss.) Leader-Call
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    Cutline: US Army Reserve soldier Kenneth Roberts of the 1398th SDB located in Baltimore, Maryland, received the rank of Chief Warrant Officer from his mom, Army Lt. Col. Glandnair Carter Monday afternoon just prior to Roberts and the rest of the his unit being deployed to Kuwait.

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    Glandnair Carter was a proud mother Monday at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Her son, Kenneth Roberts, was being promoted to Chief Warrant Officer as a member of the 1398th Supply Deployment Battalion of the Baltimore, Maryland US Army Reserve. But what made the event even more special is that Carter, a lieutenant colonel at Ft. Indian Gap in Landsdale, Pennsylvania, was able to be on hand to pin the new rank on her son.
    Im so excited for him, said Carter as she hugged her son after the promotion ceremony held inside the 1398th SDB barracks at Fort Dix. He started in ROTC in college, went into the military and then left. He came back and has achieved so much. This is fabulous.
    And the timing was just right as well. Roberts, along with his fellow 1398th SDB mates, was headed for Kuwait in just a few hours. They had been at Fort Dix for weeks preparing for the units first deployment.
    Im so excited and grateful that she was able to come here, said Roberts. She presented me with a Bible that belonged to my grandmother.

    Brian Livingston writes for the Laurel (Miss.) Leader-Call. He is on assignment in Kuwaitt.

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