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Steeleville native promoted to Command Sergeant Major

  • Matthew Kraus

    Matthew Kraus

Submitted by the Illinois Army National Guard
updated: 11/14/2019 10:26 AM

Matthew Kraus, of Steeleville, has been promoted to Command Sergeant Major of the 766th Brigade Engineer Battalion of the Illinois Army National Guard, based in Decatur.

Kraus enlisted in the Guard in May 1996 as a 25Q, Multi-Channel Transmissions Systems Operator. In 2006, he completed the reclassification course as a 12N, Horizontal Construction Engineer.

"I was inspired to join the Illinois National Guard for something to do after high school and to learn new skills that you typically cannot find in the civilian sector," Kraus said. "The relationships I have developed has kept me in for these 23 years."

Kraus is a graduate of the U.S. Sergeants Major Academy Resident Course. He is a graduate of Excelsior College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Management.

During his 23-year career, Kraus has served as a Line of Sight Operator, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Operations Non-Commissioned Officer and First Sergeant. He deployed to Iraq in 2003-2004 with the 133rd Signal Company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and to Afghanistan in 2011-2012 with the 661st Engineer Company in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

"I'm excited for the opportunity to serve in this position to help make a positive impact on the young men and women who fill our ranks today," Kraus said.

Kraus and his wife, Adrienne, have four sons, Bastian, Cayton, Luke and Jacob.