Local attorney and army reserve officer Lieutenant Colonel Sherb Sentell was recently awarded the Meritorious Service Medal at a ceremony held in Bossier City.
The award was presented by his Commanding Officer, Colonel Randy Neal. Recognizing that military spouses make significant sacrifices, Colonel Neal asked Sherb's wife, Julianna, to pin the medal on her husband during the ceremony.
The ceremony included a transfer of Sentell's command of the battalion to the incoming Lieutenant Colonel, Christopher Cantrell. Sentell's battalion helps Fort Hood Texas train soldiers who are being mobilized for war and also prepares them to readjust to civilian life when they come home.
The award was presented to Sentell for the quality of his leadership of the battalion during the past three years. Colonel Neal cited as an example of Sherb's dedication that during the past three years, he had earned the highest possible score of 300 on all six Army physical fitness tests, which are required for both Active and Reserve Soldiers.
This was Sentell's fourth Meritorious Service Medal. He previously earned two Bronze Star Medals during two tours of active duty, both in connection with the Gulf Wars. In 2004 he served as the Commander of Logistic Operations, based in Baghdad.