Army Research Laboratory welcomes new sergeant major

December 16, 2014

By Jenna Brady, ARL Public Affairs

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory recently welcomed Sgt. Maj. Kevin M. Connor as the laboratory's new sergeant major at the Adelphi Laboratory Center in Maryland.

"I am thrilled to be here at ARL and to explore all that the laboratory is and does behind the scenes for our Soldiers," said Connor.

"No one else does what ARL does and I want to help ensure that our researchers get the credit they deserve for all that they do, no matter how big or how small. Their roles are not only vital to the mission of the laboratory, but to Big Army and the Soldiers who risk their lives on the battlefield each and every day," added Connor.

The role of the sergeant major is to serve as the enlisted advisor to the director on matters pertaining to assigned Soldiers' welfare and morale, proper duties, promotions, privileges, discipline, training, operations and logistics.

In addition, the sergeant major is to maintain liaison with senior noncommissioned officers of ARL and sergeant majors of U.S. Army Materiel Command organizations to disseminate information and provide counsel and guidance to NCOs and other enlisted personnel in the laboratory.

Connor entered the Army in 1990 and attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

He has deployed to Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm, Operation Joint Guard, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and has participated in numerous Joint Recovery Missions in Southeast Asia.

Among his numerous awards and decorations, Connor has received a Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4th Award), Joint Service Commendation, Army Achievement Medal (6th Award), Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), Kuwait Liberation Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Overseas Service Ribbon (7th Award), Army Gold Recruiter Badge with three Sapphire Stars, German Marksmanship Badge (Silver) and the Order of Mercury (Bronze).

A native of North Carolina, Connor is married and has five children.


Last Update / Reviewed: December 16, 2014