1SG Lynn Vanzandt (Ret.)
1SG Vanzandt entered the U.S. Army on Sept. 26, 1977 where he trained in Georgia at Fort Gordon as a Tactical Field Wireman (36k) Converted to 11B, Infantryman in 1982. His assignments throughout his career were with the 101st Airborne Division; 1ST Armored Division, 1ST BN 6th Infantry; 25th Infantry Division 5th BN 14th Infantry; and 2ND Infantry Division Korea. He has held positions from rifleman to 1SG. Notable awards that 1SG Vanzandt received include 101st Airborne Division Artillery Soldier and NCO of the year, Drill Sergeant of the cycle 1983 and 1984, Soldier of the year Buffalo Recruiting Company 1990, and the Expert Infantry Badge. After 23 years of service, he retired on Dec. 1, 2000.
Since 1SG Vanzandt’s retirement from the Army, he has been a JROTC instructor for Grissom High School in Huntsville, AL where he takes pride in teaching young cadets how to become the next generation of leaders in our communities.
1SG Vanzandt has been married to Ruth, a registered nurse at Crestwood Hospital in Oncology, since 1976. They have 3 children, Rebecca, Christina, and Matt. He still enjoys running and doing any type of physical training.
Military Training – 1SG Vanzant’s military training included Air Assault school; Alcohol and Drug Specialist Course; Primary Leadership Course, 101st Airborne; Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Defense School; Instructor Training Course; US ARMY Command and General Staff College Corps/Division Force Integration Course; ( Europe ) Drill Sergeant School; Infantry Basic Noncommissioned Officer Academy; Advanced Infantry Noncommissioned Officer Academy; French Commando School; US ARMY Recruiting School; Recruiting Station Commander Course; 25th Infantry Division Light Leader Training Course; US ARMY RANGER SCHOOL; Master Trainer in Drill and Ceremony and Physical Training, 25th Infantry Division; School of Cadet Command
Civilian Education – Bachelor of Arts General Studies at Columbia College and a Masters of Art and Teaching “Physical Education” at the University of West Alabama.