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By Jim Ignasher
December 2, 2017, was a proud day for Smithfield resident Brendan Carroll who was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Rhode Island National Guard.
LTC Carroll has been serving his country for the past sixteen years, and he still enjoys what he does. He grew up in the neighboring town of Glocester, and after graduating from Ponaganset High School, was accepted to the prestigious West Point Military Academy. There he completed his studies in 2001, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army. When asked why he chose West Point for his college degree he said it was because he liked the structure of the academic program, and that the military academy “stood out as something unique.”
From West Point he went for further officer training in Missouri before being assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He’s also attended Army Ranger School.
Carroll has been deployed to Afghanistan three times, one time serving as a company commander whose unit worked to clear roadways of explosive devices. Besides the normal campaign medals he’s earned, he’s also been awarded two Bronze Stars, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.
After ten years of active duty, Carroll transferred to the National Guard, where he continues his military service. However, LTC Carroll isn’t the only member of his family to serve his country. His younger brother Kevin is also an officer in the United States Army.
LTC Carroll lives in Smithfield with his wife, Liberty, and two children, a son, Tegan, 6, and a daughter, Quinn, 2.
We at the Smithfield Times thank him for his service.