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Douglas honored for service in Army
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Sgt. Kelvin Douglas was asked to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at Monday night’s Warren County Commission meeting and he was awarded a plaque in appreciation for his service to America. - photo by Bethany Porter

Sgt. Kelvin Douglas was asked to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at Monday night’s County Commission meeting and has a highly decorated resume. 

County Commission chair Blaine Wilcher chose Douglas to lead the pledge and recognize after learning he was a veteran.

“Sgt. Kelvin Douglas is my insurance agent,” said Wilcher. “I had no idea he is a veteran until he mentioned something about it during a discussion. I found out he was even more than that, he is what we call an American hero.”

Douglas served in the U.S. Army from 1983 to 1991 and entered his active duty military career with Basic Infantry Training at Ft. Knox, Ky., where he served as squad leader and platoon leader. During basic training, he was awarded the M-16 Rifle Expert Marksman Badge and Hand Grenade Sharpshooter Badge.

He was transferred to Ft. Lee, Va., for AIT training as an Equipment Records and Parts Specialist. Following AIT training, Douglas transferred to Ft. Benning, Ga., for the Army’s Paratrooper Training where he was awarded the Army Parachutist Badge. When he received the required training for his active-duty station he was assigned to the Division Headquarters of the 82nd Airborne Division Ft. Bragg, N.C., where he served as the unit’s assistant logistics specialist until 1986. During this time he was promoted from the rank of Private E-1 to Specialist E-4 and was awarded the Army Service Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Lapel Button, and Army Achievement Medal.  

Douglas then transferred to the 861st Army Reserve Parachute Rigging Unit in Nashville, but was quickly sent back to Ft. Lee to learn a new skill as a 43 echo Parachute Rigger. Once he returned, he was promoted to Sergeant E-5 and served as the unit’s Training NCO. During this time he was awarded: the Army good Conduct Medal 2nd Knot, Army Achievement Medal 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal, Army NCO Professional Development Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal three Bronze Stars, Saudi Medal for Liberation of Kuwait, National Defense Medal, Parachute Rigger Badge, and the Army Air Assault Badge. 

Douglas served the 861st Parachute Unit while the unit was activated for the Persian Gulf War and he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. His unit was deployed to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm from 1990 to 1991. The 861st was later reassigned from Dhahran to a forward position of Hafar Al Batin Saudi Arabia near the Iraq and Kuwait border to rig supplies for airdrop to the soldiers in Iraq. 

After the war, Douglas was sent to Incirlik, Turkey and took part in Operation Provide Comfort where his unit rigged food supplies sometimes as much as 300 tons daily to supply the Kurdish refugees who had fled Iraq and the persecution of Saddam Hussein. 

Douglas was awarded a plaque in appreciation for his service to the country on Monday night.