Thursday, 28 April 2005:
Command Sgt. Maj. Lionel H. Parker, 57, of the 1200 block of Saddle Bred Drive, passed away April 22, 2005, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Command Sergeant Major Parker was a native of Birmingham, Alabama, and was recently a Command Sergeant Major with the United States Army until his death.
He retired from civil service after 35 years with Tradoc at Fort Monroe in 2001. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, L. LaVonne Parker; three daughters, Jada Parker, Lyness Parker-DeShazer (Jerry) and Keisha Parker-Miller (Antoine); his mother, Lina Jackson; a sister, Wanda Christian; three brothers, Daniel Parker (Terrell), Chester Parker (Ann) and Kenneth Sawyer; five grandchildren, Javonne and Trent Betts, Christopher DeShazer and Aaryn and Anthony Miller. Other survivors include two brothers-in-law, Ronald Malbon (Linda) and Rick Malbon (Debbie); a sister-in-law, Laurie Malbon-Carpenter (Micheal); a very special mother-in-law, Vivian T. Malbon; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.
A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ, 118 Erie Ave., Virginia Beach, by Bishop Barnett K. Thurgood, pastor, and the Rev. Lamont D. Brown of Mount Olive Baptist Church.
Interment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
CSM Lionel H. Parker
Command Sergeant Major, 311th Theater Signal Command
Command Sergeant Major Parker entered the U.S. Army on 18 June 1965. He completed Basic Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana and Advanced Individual Training as an Administrative Specialist at Fort Ord, California.
Command Sergeant Major Parker has completed tours at Fort Meade, Maryland; Fort Belvoir, Fort A.P. Hill, and Fort Story, Virginia; Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. In addition, he has completed multiple overseas deployments to Darmstadt/Stuttgart, Germany and the Republic of Vietnam.
Prior to this assignment, Command Sergeant Major Parker served as Comptroller Sergeant Major for the Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT), MacDill AFB, Tampa, Florida. Other Reserve assignments include Commandant of the NCOES Detachment, 6th Bde, 80th Div-IT; Brigade Command Sergeant Major, 4th INF OSUT Bde, Fort Story, 80th Div-IT; Drill Sergeant School Commandant, 80th Div-IT. He has also held the following positions: Operations Sergeant Major, Squad Leader, Service School NCOES instructor, Platoon Sergeant, Operations Sergeant, and First Sergeant at various locations. His Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs) include 11Z – Infantry, 88Z – Transportation, 00Z – Manager.
His military schools include the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC), Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course (BNCOC), U.S. Army Drill Sergeant School (DSS), Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course (ANCOC), Senior Noncommissioned Officer Course (SNCOC), 1SG Course, Battle Focus Instructor Training Course (BFITC) and Command Sergeant Major Designee Course.
Command Sergeant Major Parker has an Associate Degree in Industrial Management from Tidewater College, Virginia Beach, and a four-year Apprenticeship in Nuclear Shipbuilding/Repair from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia.
Command Sergeant Major Parker’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, the Drill Sergeant Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, and Armed Forces Reserves Medal.
Command Sergeant Major Parker is employed by the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command as a Training Strategy and Plans Analyst, Fort Monroe, Virginia.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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