DVIDS – News – First African American Iowa Army National Guard Soldier Promoted to Sergeant Major



From the time he was a young child playing Army with his friends and family, Iowa Army National Guard (IANG) Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Lewis knew he would be in the military. His family’s legacy of service added weight to that decision. His father served and died in Vietnam, and his 92-year-old uncle served in Korea.

“It’s something I always wanted to do,” Lewis said.

Lewis joined on Nov. 8, 1981. Today, nearly 37 years later, Lewis was promoted to the rank of sergeant major at Camp Dodge’s Miller Armory. He is the first African American in the history of the IANG to be promoted to that rank.

Lewis, a resident of Johnston, has been with his girlfriend, Stephanie Unternahrer, for…

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