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Weigel promoted to First Sergeant
August 31, 2018

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Shane J. Weigel was recently promoted from Sergeant First Class to First Sergeant.

Weigel first decided to enlist in the United Sates Army following the September 11 attacks "to serve my country in a time of need. " He enlisted as a Private First Class (E3) because of his college credits. "Initially, I enlisted as an Engineer Equipment Mechanic with the option to go Airborne,"?e said. "I completed Basic Combat Training and mechanic course at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri. After completing training at Fort Leonard Wood, I attended Airborne School in Fort Benning, Georgia, where I earned my jump wings."

From there, Weigel was stationed in Giessen Germany with the 16th Engineer Battalion. "I did cross training with the combat engineers such as breeching mine fields, emplacing obstacles, and digging tank ditches."?e continued, "I was promoted to Specialist (E4) at 18 months in service in May 2003. I deployed to Iraq with the 16th Engineers 1st Brigade Combat Team 1st Armored Division in May of 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where I served as a SAW gunner, Tank Commander, and mechanic. While in Iraq we did operations in Baghdad, Sauder City, Taji, Falluja and Karbala. I re-enlisted in 2004 with the option to change my job to Infantry and get stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. While deployed I was sent to the Sergeant E5 promotion board and selected for promotion. By the time I redeployed in July 2004, I had 14 months in Iraq."

Weigel earned two Army Commendation Medals, and his unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for their accomplishments during the deployment. "After I redeployed, I attended Infantry School in Fort Benning. Once I completed Infantry School, I was assigned to Charlie Company 3rd Battalion 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment 1st Brigade Combat Team 82nd Airborne Division in February 2005." In April 2005, Weigel was promoted to Sergeant E5 and was in charge of a 4-man fire team. "I was not there long as I was transfered to 1st Brigade Headquarters to deploy to Salerno Afghanistan Khowst Province in May of 2005. My supervisors saw my leadership potential and sent me to the promotion board. I was promoted to Staff Sergeant (E6) in January 2006 while still in Afghanistan. I re-enlisted again while I was in Afghanistan to stay stationed at Fort Bragg. While in Afghanistan I earned my third Army Commendation Medal and was awarded the prestigious Combat Infantry Badge (CIB)."

Upon returning to Fort Bragg, Weigel attended Warrior Leader Course where he graduated and received a Letter of Commendation from the Commandant for having one of the highest scores on the Physical Fitness Test. He was one of the first Non-Commissioned offers assigned to the reactivated 3rd Squadron 73rd Cavalry Regiment 1st Brigade Combat Team 82nd Airborne Division. "There we were tasked to stand up the new unit and train the Soldiers for our upcoming deployment. As part of my training there I attended Reconnaissance Surveillance Leader Course at Fort Benning. The course was a 31-day course where you are taught then graded on your abilities to lead a reconnaissance team. I graduated that course and received a Certificate of Achievement for having the highest Physical Fitness score for our graduating class.

In June of 2007, Weigel was sent back to Iraq for his 3rd deployment. "While there, I was in charge of leading an 8-man reconnaissance team. After spending another 14 months in Iraq we redeployed to Fort Bragg in the summer of 2008. For this deployment, I received my 4th Army Commendation Medal. Upon redeploying I was assigned to a Platoon Sergeant position where I was responsible for a 24-man reconnaissance platoon."

In the winter of 2008, Weigel attended the Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course where he graduated in the top 20% of his class and received a Letter of Commendation for having one of the highest PT scores for his class. In 2009, he was selected to perform recruiting duty. "I attended the Basic Recruiter Course in South Carolina, and graduated in April of 2009 and received a Certificate of Achievement and a coin from the NATO Command Sergeant Major for having the highest Physical Fitness score for our graduating class. I was assigned to the Las Vegas Recruiting Company. While performing recruiting duty, I was Recruiter of the Quarter, Battalion Recruiter of the year in 2011, earned the Gold Recruiter Badge and the Recruiter Ring."

In November 2011, Weigel re-enlisted indefinitely. In 2012, he was stationed back at Fort Bragg and assigned to Charlie Company 2nd Battalion 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. "There, I was a Platoon Sergeant in charge of a 36-man Rifle Platoon. Upon returning to Fort Bragg I graduated the Jumpmaster Course and earned the coveted Expert Infantry Badge." He continued, "In the fall of 2013, I was selected to lead a platoon in Charlie Company 1st Battalion 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment on a deployment to Afghanistan. I deployed to Afghanistan in January 2014 and redeployed in October of 2014. For that deployment, I was awarded the Bronze Star Service Medal."

In January 2015, Weigel was selected to be a Senior Instructor and stand up the First Foreign Weapons Course the Army had. "Here we teach the Conventional Army how to properly maintain and employ foreign weapons and how to establish and operate a static small arms range in a foreign country. I graduated Battle Staff Course where you are taught how to plan military operations in June 2017. In 2018, I was selected for promotion to Master Sergeant (E8). After being selected for promotion I graduated the Master Leader Course and chosen to fill the position as Company First Sergeant for Delta Company Support Battalion 1st SWTG(A)."

First Sergeant Weigel is currently pursuing his degree in Business Administration. He and his wife Lady have two children:?on Jordan is 17, and daughter Pranee is 8. They are stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Shane is the son of Kenneth and Jennifer Weigel of Eaton, and the late Judy Filler. He is also the brother of Shannon Mericle of Eaton and Kendra Weigel, formerly of Kersey and Sharee Weigel, formerly from Greeley. Shane graduated from Valley High School in Gilcrest in 1998.

Shane attended school in Rugby, N.D., from 1990 to 1992. His grandparents are Margaret Haman and the late Sebastian Haman, Rugby; and Herbert & Rosemary Filler, also of Rugby. Shane has numerous uncles, aunts and cousins in the Rugby area.

This article comes from the North Weld Herald in Eaton, Colo. Tribune Reporter Bryce Berginski added the last paragraph and the addition of Judy Filler to Weigel's parentage.

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