New lieutenant colonel among USAKA ranks
May 24, 2012
Maj. Travis Cornett was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel May 1 during a ceremony held at the command conference room. U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll/Reagan Test Site Commander Col. Joseph Gaines conducted the promotion ceremony. Cornett's wife Catherine and three children, Logan, Gabe and Josie attended, along with other USAKA personnel.
This marks Cornett's fourth promotion in a 17-year military career. "It tells you how rare promotions are in the officer corps," said Gaines. He recalled Cornett's journey to becoming lieutenant colonel, highlighting accomplishments during his military career, including graduating from Eastern Washington University as a Distinguished Military Graduate, his training at Command General Staff College and his critical position as a Military Transition Team chief for the Iraqi Army in Diyalla province.
Maj. Stephen Parrish published the orders, recognizing Cornett's promotion to lieutenant colonel upon recommendation from the Secretary of the Army, who "has placed special trust and confidence in the patriotism, integrity and ability of Maj. Travis W. Cornett."
Gaines administered the oath of office.
Cornett thanked Gaines for the opportunities given to him here at USAKA. He thanked the entire USAKA team for making this place such an enjoyable environment to live and work in.
"This is a team sport," said Cornett. "The Army is an environment where you succeed or you fail as a group. I have had a tremendous experience throughout my career with people who have just set me up to succeed. It's no different here." He concluded by thanking his family for their support during relocations and deployments throughout his career.