Congratulations are in order for Brandman University student Sergeant First Class (SFC) Brian Watts, who is being honored by the USO of Missouri as one of 13 of the ‘best and brightest’ service men and women in Missouri.
SFC Watts is currently assigned to C Company, 701st Military Police Battalion, serving as Advanced Individual Training Platoon Sergeant at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He trains correctional and detainment specialists. SFC Watts says he found his military experience ‘paid off’ after competing in a number of boards and physical fitness events.
“I was very surprised by this award,” said SFC Watts. “While being a seasoned soldier, I thought the selection would go to someone younger and faster. But during the hands-on portion, I was told that I did a lot of the little stuff the right way.”
The USO of Missouri honors service members from each branch of the military, with 13 outstanding men and women being recognized in a ceremony Thursday, March 7, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. Submissions are made from military commanders throughout the state, showcasing the men and women who best exemplify leadership, military excellence and service to others. Senior enlisted advisors selected the honorees this year from a field of 32 submissions.
“This is our way of paying tribute to those who serve,” said Sara Colvin, USO of Missouri. “These are the best and brightest from Missouri and Southern Illinois.”
This is not the first major award for SFC Watts. Last year, he was selected as the 2012 Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year. He has also received a number of awards and decorations, including the Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and Good Conduct Medal (3rd award), among many others.
SFC Watts is currently studying for his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, after obtaining his Associate degree from Central Texas College. The 4-year degree will help Watts advance during his U.S. Army career. When he retires from the Army, SFC Watts says he plans to pursue a career in law enforcement. He is married to his wife, Valerie, and they have a 7-year-old son, Ayden, and a 2-year-old daughter, Abigail.