Posted on Dec 29, 2020
SSG Stephen Rogerson
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The Army Materiel Command is preparing for the retirement of its top enlisted soldier and adviser to the commander. It's finally time for Command Sergeant Major Jeffrey Mellinger to end one of the longest careers in military history. 1SG (Join to see) Lt Col Charlie Brown SSgt Keith Barrows MSG Tom Earley 1SG Frank Boynton GySgt Thomas Vick 1SG Steven Imerman CSM Bob Stanek 1SG Fred "SARGE" Bucci Sgt (Join to see) SPC Nancy Greene SSG Michael Noll
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Lt Col Charlie Brown
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I am sure he will be missed
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A positive story for all to see.
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GySgt Thomas Vick
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I'll bet your right LtCol. Charlie Brown
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SSG Stephen Rogerson
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Mellinger, was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, and the Army believes he is the last draftee to retire, after 39 years. Most did their two years and left. But Mellinger had found home.

“I think I’m pretty good at it, but I like it,’’ he said. “That’s the bottom line. I love being a soldier and I love being around soldiers.’’

When the draft notice arrived in the mail in 1972 at his home in Eugene, Ore., tens of thousands of troops had been killed and antiwar protests were rampant. The return address on the letter was the White House. Just 19, he was impressed that President Richard Nixon would write to him. “I opened it up and it said, ‘Greetings from the president of the United States.’ I said, ‘Wow, how’s he know me?’ ’’ Mellinger said, laughing.

Once the path was set, he said, he didn’t consider trying to find a way out.

He earned a spot in the Army Rangers, and would go on to do more than 3,700 parachute jumps. He was made a command sergeant major in 1992.

Nearly a decade later, he was sent to ground zero in New York right after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Then came his time as the top enlisted soldier of the multinational forces in Iraq, where he says he survived 27 roadside bombings during his deployment of nearly three years straight.
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GySgt Thomas Vick
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Congrats to SgtMaj. Mellinger, great career, job well done, have a great retirement you deserve it.
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