Chanute resident and Neosho County Attorney Linus Thuston has been promoted to Command Sergeant Major of the US Army National Guard.
Thuston was one of three nominees in Kansas reviewed by the Fall 2019 Selection Board, along with Darrian Campbell and Paul Purdham. The board reviewed a total of 120 nominees nationwide.
“It’s a capstone event,” Thuston said, noting that less than 1 percent of enlistees make Sergeant Major and even fewer are named Command Sergeant Major.
Thuston said officers went through a change of responsibility in September and he will be with the 997th Brigade Support Battalion, headquartered in Hays.
It is something he never dreamed he would be able to do 30 years ago when he entered the military, Thuston said.
He said he never would have done it without the help and support of retired CSM Ed Boring and retired CSM David Fehr of Chanute. He also recalled that they stepped in when he experienced racism in the military.
He also credited retired Col. Jim Day, former Chanute High School principal, who encouraged him to join the Army.
Thuston said he also was inspired by Iola resident Harvey Rogers, who was the first black soldier to make First Sergeant in the Kansas Army National Guard.
Thuston’s late sister Tina supported him in everything he has done in the military and told him before he was deployed overseas that he made her extremely proud, he said. He also noted that his wife, Debbie, has been with him for all but the first few months of his military career. Thuston said the military gave him the discipline to become an attorney. He said Chanute has really supported the Guard, and the Army is still looking for young people to join.