Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Army Reserve's Top NCO Selected as Ft. Knox Postmaster

Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Army Reserve's Top NCO Selected as Ft. Knox Postmaster

Article excerpt

FORT KNOX, Ky,When duty calls, it must be answered. Just ask Army Reserve Command Sgt. Maj. Alex Lackey.

Although he was sworn in as Fort Knox's new postmaster during a brief ceremony at the installation post office last fall, Lackey likely will not serve in that capacity for the next two years. Lackey was called to active duty more than a year ago from his position as customer service supervisor at the post office in Bowling Green, Ky., to serve as the Army Reserve's senior enlisted member at the Pentagon.

As the Army Reserve's top soldier, Lackey supports the recruiting, retention, and readiness efforts and acts as advisor to the Chief of the Army Reserve on Reserve enlisted matters. Once he has completed his active duty term and he is expected to return to Ft. Knox to begin his job as postmaster. Until then, an interim postmaster will be hired.

Being called up is nothing new for the 47-year old Lackey. Rising to the top of both career fields over the last two decades, the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Army Reserve have had to share the former Knox drill sergeant several times, including four assignments in Bosnia.

Lackey served in the active Army from October 1970 to June 1979, after which he immediately enlisted in the Reserve. Since his Reserve enlistment he has served in nearly every noncommissioned officer leadership position, from team leader to division command sergeant major of Kentucky's 100th Division).

Former and current supervisors agreed that the postal service's decision to hire Lackey despite his immediate two-year absence-speaks volumes for his work ethic and professionalism. …

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