By Hank Bond
The Greenup Beacon
Retired Army Command Sergeant Major has relied on his attitude and work ethic his entire life.
He is the son of PR and Janet Maynard who live in Raceland
Born in 1966 he grew up in Flatwoods and lived in the area until he joined the Army in 1989, but lived in Ashland when he was an Army Recruiter in 1995-1998, then moved back to Ashland in March of 2015 when he retired.
Maynard has a step-son Travis Maddix 31 and a daughter Raechel Maynard who passed away in 2005 at the age of 15.
He is a 1985 graduate of Russell High School. In 2001 he graduated from Park University, Missouri with a Bachelor’s in Business Management. The in 2010 received a Master’s in Business Administration from Webster University in Missouri.
He has also had a long and successful military career.
“I just retired from being a Command Sergeant Major (E9, highest enlisted rank) in the Army, specializing in Air and Missile Defense - Stinger, Patriot, THAAD Missile Systems.’
Now that he is home is a volunteer and member of the Board of Directors at Hillcrest-Bruce Mission.”
Maynard enlisted in the Army in July 1989 and retired in August 2015. He then began at the mission in September 2015.
Maynard can attribute his success to several things.
“ I can directly attribute any success I had in the Army to 1) the values/ethics I learned growing up in church, 2) teachers/counselors that had greater expectations for me in school, 3) the work ethic & positive attitude I learned working at Great American Floor Care Center as a Salesman, Manager and Owner and 4) my parents who raised me right.”
His path was almost clear from the start.
“I talked with a recruiter and was interested in the management/leadership skills they offered. Additionally, at the Military Entrance Processing Station, they showed me a video of someone blowing up a helicopter with a shoulder-fired missile - thought that looked really cool.
“I used to work at the mission when I was still living here and going to college.
“Once I retired and came back, I wanted to get involved and help make a difference in the community. It’s very unique in that they provide emergency assistance (food, clothing, dental, etc) and life-enrichment (daycare, tutoring, budget, nutrition, etc). They not only provide help, but assistance/training to help folks improve themselves and their situation.”
Maynard can define his path to success in both his professional and military lives.
“Being successful in the Army, as well as in the civilian world relies primarily on attitude and work ethic.
“I received a lot of Positive Mental Attitude training when I worked in sales prior to the Army, learned a lot of management skills while attaining my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and am a pretty voracious reader of self-help, attitude, leadership and management books.”
Maynard talked about his projects.
“My significant projects while in the Army was taking a Patriot Missile Battery into combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005; leading an Iraqi Army Advisory Team in Taji/Umm Qasr in 2009/ 10 & Tikrit in 2011/12; supervising the Soldiers during the most complex Ballistic Missile Test involving Patriot, THAAD & Aegis weapons systems in the vicinity of the Marshall Islands; and supervising a Patriot Missile Battalion (over 500 Soldiers) in defense of Okinawa.
“I am helping out with tutoring students during the after-school program at the mission.”
Maynard looks toward the future after finishing his military career.
“Being that I’m retired now, I think my goals are more short-term. I just want to continue serving, like I did in the Army, but in a different capacity, focused on giving back and assisting the community.”
“There have been so many people that have helped me be successful that there wouldn’t even be room to name them all in this article. But they range from Sunday School Teachers to School Teachers to Managers/Supervisors to Family/Friends and to Employees.”
Maynard has enjoyed his pursuits.
“I really enjoyed being in the military because it was a true meritocracy. If you had the right attitude and the right work ethic, you could advance. I also enjoyed it because it seemed that I was always challenged with more responsibility and I was allowed to apply my leadership/management principles to the unit/Soldiers that I was in charge of.
“I really enjoy doing things now where the only return is the satisfaction in knowing that you’re doing the right thing and helping people.”
He still has a path to his goals.
“The first step is actually setting goals, most folks have hopes/wishes because they fail to define when they want to achieve something and how they want to achieve something. Write them down, determine when you want to accomplish it, devise a plan to reach your goal and then just go out and do it.”
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