May 12, 2023
At McCormick Stevenson, we have enduring respect for those who serve in the US Military. This week, we are proud to highlight our team member, Theron Walsh. Now a Principal Quality Engineer with MCCST, Theron began his career serving in the US Army immediately after graduation from high school.
During his years of service, the Army introduced Theron to experiences, sights, and attitudes that broadly defined the man he would become. He initially served in the 568th Engineer Battalion as a heavy equipment operator (MOS 62E) in Ft Riley, Kansas. He then supported National Training Center deployments in Irwin, CA, where he worked with a unit responsible for digging tank defilades for M1A1 Abrams tanks.
Theron’s Army career was capped with a tour to Kosovo in 1999, a time when the region was enduring severe humanitarian crises amid large numbers of displaced persons and refugees. Theron was deployed there with the 568th as part of peacekeeping operations. It is safe to say that Theron learned much about the world outside America in those years. It ingrained in him both love and appreciation for his home country and genuine compassion and understanding for less fortunate people.
Theron’s performance in the Army was exemplary, earning him two medals – the Army Achievement Medal and an Army Accommodation Medal. Perhaps his performance is best described using the words of the Army — his “untiring efforts and ability to operate in rough desert terrain, both day and night, were instrumental to the success of the 3rd BCT. His actions reflect great credit upon himself, this unit, and the 3rd BCT.”
Theron ended his time in service as an E-4, Specialist. Throughout his Army career, he was credited with outstanding technical knowledge and dedication to excellence – characteristics instilled in those early years which continue to benefit our Nation through his many contributions here at MCCST. Thank you, Theron!