At a recent ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Anthony S’Chevalier was promoted to Colonel in the United States Army. He is the husband of the former Melissa Quake, an Elmhurst graduate class of 1981, and the son-in-law of previous Waynedale residents, Sally and Hermann Quake. The promotion was published by Lieutenant General Richard Clarke, Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Sally attended the ceremony along with Melissa’s brother, John Quake, also an Elmhurst Alumni, and his family.
Before the ceremony Tony’s family was escorted to General Clarke’s office for a casual interview. Sally related, “He was very down to earth as we all sat in his office visiting before the ceremony. He talked to Tony’s children as well as the rest of the family. It soon became obvious he was gathering background information to include in his comments at the ceremony. He was especially interested in the stories as told by Tony’s brother, Art.” Sally went on to explain, “The security was unbelievable not only to enter the Pentagon but, especially to go into the General’s office. We all surrendered our cell phones at the door in a special box just for that purpose. We learned that the windows in the Pentagon are all bullet proof.”
During the ceremony Tony’s twelve-year-old daughter, Taylor, sang the National Anthem.
In the United States Army, Marine Corps and Air Force, colonel is the most senior field grade military officer rank, immediately above the rank of lieutenant colonel and immediately below the rank of brigadier general.
The weeding out of officers as they near the top is ruthless. In the Army today, an officer who has a normal career reaches lieutenant colonel within 20 years. At last count the Army had 10,707 lieutenant colonels, but only 4,700 of them will be promoted to colonel to serve for five more years. By law, a colonel must have 22 years of service and a minimum of three years of service as a lieutenant colonel before being promoted. After that, a mere 200 colonels make it to brigadier general. Once having reached brigadier general, however, about 140 will eventually become major generals. Beyond that, only a few will be selected for three- or four-star general.
Colonel S’Chevalier’s current assignment is Joint Staff J6 Branch Chief of Current Operations and Plans, The Pentagon.