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Col. Maria R. Gervais, deputy commanding officer, U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, became Brig. Gen. Maria R. Gervais on Sept. 20, in a ceremony at Waybur Theater.
Gervais, a 1987 graduate of Lander University, is now the deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox. She came to Fort Knox from the Pentagon, where she was the division chief for Full Dimension Protection, G8, Department of the Army.
Commissioned through Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps as a chemical corps officer, her career has included stints as chemical or nuclear-biological-chemical officers with aviation, airborne and field artillery units; deployments to Germany, Turkey and Iraq; tour as chief of staff for the Army’s Chemical School and Maneuver Support Center in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; and commander of the Army’s Environmental Command at Edgewood Arsenal, Md.
Gervais received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology graduated from Lander University. She also is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.
Her awards and decorations include: two Legions of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, five Meritorious Service Medals, two Joint Service Commendation medals, six Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Support Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, Southwest Asia Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Saudi Arabia Kuwait Liberation Medal, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Joint Staff Identification Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.
A 1983 graduate of Greenwood High School, Greenwood, S.C., she is married to Lt. Col. Chris J. Gervais. They have one daughter.