Greenville Resident Promoted to Colonel

Greenville Resident Promoted to Colonel

Colonel Brendan J. Carroll serves in the US Army Reserves, and his recent promotion to Colonel is a source of personal pride for him as well as his family, but it is also an achievement that The Smithfield Times feels is deserving of community recognition. This is a high honor that few in military service attain, so it should rightfully be celebrated.

As with many soldiers, Colonel Carroll has lived in many places and visited remote parts of the world. While living in Smithfield now, he grew up in Glocester, went to Ponaganset High School, before attending West Point from 1997 to 2001. Upon graduating from the military academy, he was commissioned. Then-Congressman Jack Reed gave him his nomination, and he was active duty for 10 years, mainly at Fort Bragg, and was deployed several times, including three times to Afghanistan.

When he left active duty in 2011, he went back to school and earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Afterward, he was not ready to leave the service behind, so he stayed on with the Massachusetts Army National Guard, a stint that lasted for two yearsbefore being offered a job with Raytheon and moving to Texas, transferring to the Texas Army National Guard. Four years later, he was called back home to Rhode Island, taking a job at Amgen in West Greenwich, and becoming a member of the Rhode Island Army National Guard. A career in the armed services is never static, and he was soon deployed to Kuwait and Syria. During this time, he was promoted to Lt. Colonel.

He was deployed again, in support of the ISIS mission, Operation Inherent Resolve. After six months in Kuwait in their task force staff, he had the opportunity to command one of the two main landing zones in northern Syria. It was one of Colonel Carroll’s most memorable experiences.

“People ask me what I wanted to do with my life, I would say, ‘I want to command an airfield in Syria, in Rhode Island,’” Colonel Carroll says. “I had full autonomy to keep my people safe, and ‘do good.’”

He also had a chance to work closely with a Kurdish commander who would share his own war stories battling ISIS from the beginning. Colonel Carroll even had a chance to attend the commander’s engagement party in Syria where he was warmly welcomed as he did his best to participate in cultural dances with the Kurds.

After the Syrian deployment, Colonel Carroll volunteered to assist with the RI National Guard’s efforts during the Covid-19 crisis, something he was very active in making testing and vaccines available to all communities.

After this crisis, in February 2023, Colonel Carroll transferred to the United States Army Reserves, where he served as a brigade commander of the 642D Regional Support Group out of Decatur, GA. The traveling continues to be nonstop for him. Later this summer, Colonel Carroll is expected to be rewarded with another brigade command in South Carolina.

It has been 27 years of service now for Colonel Carroll, and he has no plans of leaving the service anytime soon.

“I like what I do,” Colonel Carroll says. “It’s purposeful work. At my age now, with my experience, I want to do whatever I can to get these soldiers proficient technically and tactically, so they can do their job while working in difficult environments.”

Traveling so much is not easy on his family life, but his wife. Dr. Liberty K. Carroll has always been supportive of his career. The couple has two children, a son, Tegan, who’s 13, and a daughter, Quinn, who’s 9.

Colonel Carroll says he would fully support his kids if they had an interest in military service in the future.

“It’s been a great experience,” Colonel Carroll says. “The army has given me so much; I can’t even quantify it.”

While Colonel Carroll is not one to tout his achievements, I feel compelled to list the numerous meritorious awards and decorations he received, which include two Bronze Stars, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, an Air Force Commendation Medal, the Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab, Sapper Tab, and the Master Parachutist Badge.

We wanted to congratulate Colonel Brendan Carroll for his recent promotion and thank him for his loyal service while wishing him and his family the best for the future.

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