A hometown hero

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
General Games C. McConville, right, recognizes former Monett resident Chester Mosier during his promotion ceremony to Master Sergeant on Oct. 25 in Washington, D.C. Contributed photo

Monett native Mosier earns rank of Master Sergeant

Former Monett resident Chester Mosier has joined a select group of Army enlisted soldiers to obtain the rank of master sergeant.

Mosier moved to Monett when he was 13 years old and his father, got a job at Jack Henry and Associates. He said he attended Monett High School through his junior year before dropping out and obtaining his GED through Crowder College.

Former Monett resident Chester Mosier was promoted to Army Master Sergeant on Oct. 25. At the promotion ceremony were, from left, Army Chief of Staff General James C. McConville; his father, Emory Mosier; mother, Cathy Mosier; daughters Olivia and Elizabeth; and his wife Venesa. Contributed photo

“Before joining the Army, I had been working at Friendly Tire,” Mosier said. “I had worked at Tyson, Walmart, fast food. These were all good jobs, however I felt like there were better things out there.”

Mosier said at 20 years, old he got married and enlisted in the army, expecting to do a four-year stretch as a communications professional to jumpstart his career and transition into a civilian position.

But for the soldier, the Army life offered too many good opportunities, and Mosier said he has set his sights on a military career.

“I was planning on getting out after four years, but the benefits and the opportunities the Army provides, I couldn’t say no to that,” he said.

And, he has made good on his 17 years in the Army, obtaining the rank of Master Sergeant, something only approximately 3 percent of enlisted soldiers achieve.

“During the 17 years that I’ve served, the Army has given me tons of opportunities for personal and professional development that I couldn’t get anywhere else,” Mosier said.”

Mosier is currently living in Virginia, stationed at the Pentagon where he serves as support for the Army Chief of Staff.

During his promotion ceremony in October, Mosier’s parents, Cathy and Emory Mosier, of Monett, his wife, Venesa Mosier, and two children, Elizabeth, 17, and Olivia, 14, were able to attend and spend some time touring the nation’s capital.

“Monett is a great town to grow up and and to raise your kids, and the people there provided the inspiration I needed to get out and do things instead of living the status quo,” he said. “College wasn’t a path I was on, but because of the Army, that’s something I can provide for my kids. I’m proud to serve and give my time to the army.”

Mosier said his goal is to put at least 30 years into his career, matching the commitment of his father, Emory Mosier, who also served in the Navy, National Guard and Coast Guard. Emory also achieved the rank of Master Sergeant in the Army National Guard.

“We’re just so proud of Chester,” said Cathy, his mother. “We’re so proud of what he’s achieved in his life. He’s got a wonderful family, and it was quite an honor to go out there [to Washington, D.C.] and see the Pentagon.”

Cathy also said Chester and Emory each received a coveted Challenge Coin from the Army Chief of Staff during the ceremony.

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