Maj. Meadors Leaves Lasting Legacy

da-retire-27            Maj. Tim Meadors is moving on from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) on March 25 for a new assignment at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia working with U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Commander Gen. David G. Perkins.

Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Meadors has been married for eight years.

Meadors has four children, ages six, four, three, and 11-months.

Attending West Point immediately after graduating high school, Meadors graduated from the military academy in June of 2001.

During his study at West Point Meadors was able pursue a childhood passion and play for the Army Black Knights Basketball Team as a walk-on.

“West Point really instilled in me the Army Values,” said Meadors. “It made me hungry to lead soldiers and be apart of the infantry and prepare myself for combat.”

The terrorist attacks of September 11th a few months after graduation shaped Meadors’ career.

Meadors has been deployed three times to Iraq and once in Afghanistan.

From West Point it was then off to Fort Benning for the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course. Assignments at Fort Hood, Fort Benning, Fort Cambell, and a stint as an Army Congressional Fellow in the DC area as a congressional staffer followed.

It was during the time as a congressional fellow Meadors earned a Master’s degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University.

The Congressional Fellowship program enabled Meadors to interact in Congress. In addition to writing legislation, Meadors said he learned to talk to constituents and perform 20160201-A-JT656-41tasks he’s never had to perform previously.

Meadors later was assigned to Fort Knox before finally arriving at The Old Guard.

Over the course of his 14 1/2-year career Meadors is hard pressed to pick a favorite assignment.

“I’ve had highlights at so many different assignments,” said Meadors. “Bad days, but never a bad assignment.”

Sgt. Maj. Richard G. Thomas worked with Meadors in the Regimental S3 (Operations) section and said Meador’s wide variety of experiences made him an invaluable asset.

The impact on Meador’s strategic level thinking and ability to implement creative solutions within The Old Guard greatly impacted planning for upcoming unpredictable missions, said Thomas.

Thomas said he admires Meadors’ unprecedented humility.

In his 29 years of experience, Thomas said he hasn’t met anyone with Meadors’ loyalty, high standards and integrity.

“Major Meadors is the only level-headed field combat arms officer that I know will make any General officer staff that he gets the opportunity to work on a successful one,” said Thomas. “He demonstrates the Military’s character, competence and commitment.”

Meadors looks back at his time in The Old Guard fondly.

“I’ve loved seeing how effective The Old Guard is at tactical, operation and strategic levels,” said Meadors. “I’ve loved going through the Ceremonial Certification process.”

While assigned here, Meadors participated in the military pageant Spirit of America.

“I really enjoyed seeing thousand of people gathered together to celebrate the Army and celebrate our nation’s history,” said Meadors.

The Old Guard brings people from all over the world together to both celebrate the Army’s accomplishments and honor the fallen, said Meadors.

20160201-A-JT656-47“I’ve done what I came here to do,” said Meadors. “I’ve got to see a different side of the Army and interact with some of the Army’s best leaders.”

Meadors said The Old Guard exemplifies how the the Soldiers that make up the Army a great organization.

America and the Army come together like no where else at The Old Guard, said Meadors. Whereas other units may have to interact with a local population, its The Old Guard’s unique mission to reach out to the American people.

Both personally and professionally his experience here has helped him grow, said Meadors.

“My goal in the Army is continue to serve,” said Meadors. “I value this great opportunity to serve America and to serve alongside Soldiers.”

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