First Sgt. Michael Mathews is with the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Riley, Manhattan, Kan.
His unit is the 2-70 Armor Tank with the 101st Army Airborne, now in Baghdad.
He has been in the service for 23 years.
He will be reporting to Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas to attend sergeant major school upon returning from Iraq.
He is the son of Helen Moss of Payson.