First Sergeant Daniel J. Liegey retired from the Army after 22 1/2 years of service.
Liegey is a native of Millwood and a 1996 graduate of Ravenswood High School.
Liegey enlisted into the Army in September 1996 as a chemical operations specialist.
After completing One Station Unit Training at Fort McClellan, Alabama, he was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, with the 181st Chemical Company, second Chemical Battalion as a decontamination specialist.
Over the next 22 years, Liegey served as a nuclear, biological, and chemical noncommissioned officer at headquarters and headquarters battery and Bravo 4-11 Field Artillery in Fort Wainwright, Arkansas. He was a squad leader for the First Engineers Decontamination Platoon, in Fort Riley, Kansas.
He also served as a battalion chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) noncommissioned officer and headquarters platoon sergeant with the 1-320th and 2-320th Field Artillery, in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as well as a battalion CBRN noncommissioned officer, operations NCO, headquarters platoon sergeant, and battle NCO for 3-29 Field Artillery, at Fort Carson, Colorado.
Liegey then served as a digital CBRN command and control instructor, a chemical defense training facility instructor, and the Army’s first CBRN warrant officer instructor at the Marine CBRN Defense School, in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Following that he served as an operations NCO and decontamination platoon sergeant with the Fourth CBRN Company, 23rd CBRNE Battalion, in Camp Stanley, Korea.
From there, Liegey arrived at the 20th CBRNE Command where he became the CBRNE coordination element operations NCOIC for the combined CBRN Coordination Element 3/5 before he assumed responsibility as the first sergeant of the 20th CBRNE Command, Headquarters, and Headquarters Company.
Liegey has deployed three times for combat operations in Mosul (2003-2004), Balad (2005-2006), and Baghdad (2007-2009) Iraq. He retired honorably from active duty Jan. 31 and is now employed with the Scientific Research Corporation in support of the Joint Experimental Analyst Department as a CBRN subject matter analyst for the first
quick-reaction test sponsored by the Army’s CBRN School.
Liegey has earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice through Troy University, Alabama. His military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, Air Assault, Basic NCO Course, Unit Movement Officer, Combatives Level 1, Battle Staff, Senior Leaders Course, Army and Marine Basic Instructor Course, Small Group Leaders Course, Systems Approach to Training, and Technical Escort Course.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (with four stars), Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral four), Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Ribbon (numeral five), Meritorious Unit Award, Army Combat Action Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
Liegey is married to his hometown sweetheart Julie (Crawford) Liegey. They have four children, Christian, 18; twins Derrick and Dylan, 11; and Emmalea, 8.