Former Sergeant Major of the Army, Kenneth O. Preston is the newest member of The Army Historical Foundation’s Board of Directors. Preston served as the US Army’s most senior enlisted Soldier from 2004 to 2011 and retired with over 35 years of service.
“SMA Preston brings valuable expertise and an absolutely essential perspective to the Board,” said GEN William W. Hartzog, (USA-Ret.) Army Historical Foundation President, in announcing Preston’s appointment. “As the personal adviser to the Army Chief of Staff on all enlisted-related matters for over 7 years, he has a broad understanding of today’s Soldiers, particularly as it relates to training and quality of life.”
Throughout his career, Preston served in every enlisted leadership position from cavalry scout and tank commander to Sergeant Major of the Army. Other assignments he held as command sergeant major were 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; 3rd “Grey Wolf” Brigade, 1stCavalry Division, 1st Armored Division in Bad Kreuznach, Germany; V Corps in Heidelberg, Germany; and Combined Joint Task Force 7 serving in Baghdad, Iraq.
Preston believes the National Museum of the United States Army will serve a multitude of functions in relation to the public’s understanding and appreciation of Army history, and also the preservation and advancement of the all-volunteer force that is the US Army. “I see the Museum as a valuable tool in every phase of the Army from aiding recruiting to enhancing the professional development of the NCO Corps and recognition of its members,” said Preston.
Preston also emphasized the importance of the Museum’s portrayal of Soldier stories. “Those stories are of central importance to the Army’s history,” explained Preston, “we’ve always said the Soldier is the centerpiece of our formations, and young men and women visiting the Museum will see the legacy of those who have served.”
In addition to his military education, Preston holds a Masters of Business Administration from Trident University International. Preston also serves on a wide variety of councils and boards that make decisions affecting enlisted Soldiers and their families. Preston’s initial appointment to The Army Historical Foundation’s Board of Directors is for 3 years.