First African American Female Sergeant Major

Sergeant Major (SGM) Ester L. Crockett:

SGM Crockett earned her Associate Degree in Applied Science in 2008 from Excelsior College with a major in Administration Management.

SGM Crockett began her military career in 1974, where she served on active duty with HHC, 15th S&T Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division in Fort Hood, Texas as a Clerk Typist. In February 1976, SGM Crockett joined the Arkansas Army National Guard and was assigned to the 1122nd Transportation Company in Monticello, Arkansas as a Repair Parts Specialist.

In April 1978, SGM Crockett transferred to HHD, 455th Transportation Battalion as a Personnel Admin Specialist and she held a variety of duty positions as she moved through the ranks with the 455th Transportation Battalion. Her last assignment in the 455th Transportation Battalion was Senior Personnel Sergeant. SGM Crockett was hired as a Full-Time Technician in 1985 and stayed with the Battalion until it was deactivated in 1996.

SGM Crockett transferred to HHD, 2-114th Aviation in September 1996 and served as the Senior Personnel Sergeant. In 2001, MSG Crockett was promoted to E8 (Master Sergeant) as the Personnel Service Sergeant with Detachment 1, 87th Troop Command. SGM Crockett was assigned to the Directorate of Logistics in 2006 as the Traffic Management Specialist. SGM Crockett has worked in the Personnel and Transportation field for over 38 years. She was promoted to the rank of E9 (Sergeant Major) on September 8, 2012. SGM Crockett is the first African American Female Sergeant Major in the Arkansas Army National Guard. SGM Crockett retired on March 31, 2013.