During a ceremony in Hawaii, a local soldier was promoted from sergeant to staff sergeant.
Staff Sgt. Jordan Gerard, from Kewanee, Illinois was promoted by his wife, Valerie, and Maj. Barbara Burger, Battalion Executive Officer. The ceremony was located at Wheeler Army Airfield on August 8, 2013, according to the department of the defense.
Gerard has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.