Command Sgt. Maj. Bequer named USASOC's top noncommissioned officer

By HENRY CUNINGHAM | The Fayetteville Observer | Published: November 7, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Command Sgt. Maj. George Bequer on Tuesday received the 2012 Col. Aaron Bank Award from the Association of Special Operations Professionals.

"I'm very humbled," Bequer said after the luncheon. "I always feel I'm an average guy doing my job."

Bequer is the top noncommissioned officer in U.S. Army Special Operations Command, which has headquarters at Fort Bragg.

He is the senior enlisted adviser to Lt. Gen. Charles T. Cleveland, the USASOC commander.

"This is absolutely the right thing to do," Cleveland said after the luncheon.

Bequer was Cleveland's command sergeant major at Special Operations Command Central, which oversees U.S. special operations forces in the Middle East.

Past recipients of the Col. Aaron Bank Award include Lt. Gen. John Mulhollad, deputy commander of U.S. Special Operations Command at Tampa, Fla.; retired Sgt. Maj. Ernest K. Tabata, who taught generations of Special Forces engineers; retired Maj. Gen. Eldon Bargewell; and retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Hall, who attended the luncheon.

"I think he embodies the spirit of Col. Bank," Hall said after the luncheon. "George is somebody that can go into any organization and make it better."

Bequer graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1984 and has had several assignments to the 7th Special Forces Group and the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg.

The award luncheon was among events during the SOFEX Symposium and Exposition, which concludes at 4 p.m. today at the Fort Bragg Club.

Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn will receive the 2012 ASOP Man of the Year Award at a luncheon today. Flynn is director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.




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