9th Battalion, Army Reserve Careers Division
Army Reserve Career Counselor of the Year
Staff Sgt. Dustin H. Chester is a Department of the Army Police Officer at Ft. Leavenworth; KS. He supervises a shift of 4 officers and provides law and order for a community of over 40,000 Soldiers and Civilians. He has been in Law Enforcement since 2000. In 2009, SSG Chester decided to return to the military as an Army Reserve Career Counselor. Today; he is assigned as a Career Counselor with the 9th Battalion, Army Reserve Careers Division.
He entered the Army in August 2000. Prior to assignment as an ARCC in 2009, he was assigned to the 249th Military Police (MP), Detachment (DET), Camp Humphreys Korea where he served as a corrections specialist from Feb 2001 to Feb 2002. Staff Sgt. Chester was then assigned to the 500th MP DET where he served as a Patrolman, Traffic Accident Investigator and Traffic Accident Investigator Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge. In 2006, Chester volunteered to deploy with the 35th MP DET to Afghanistan. He worked as a Customs Border Clearance Agent and Protective Services Detail for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of Defense and Combined Joint Task Force Commander. In 2007, SSG Chester returned to the 500th MP DET and worked as the Operations Sergeant.
His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal with 1 knot; National Defense Medal; Korean Defense Medal; Global War on Terrorism Medal; Non Commissioned Officer Development Ribbon (2); Army Service Ribbon; and Overseas Ribbon (2).
As a Department of the Army Civilian, Chester has received the Commanders Award. He has also been recognized by Leavenworth County in 2009 and 2010 for arrest of the year. SSG Chester completed Military Police Special Reactions Team phase 2 training and received the “TOP GUN” award.
Chester is working toward his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. In addition to his duties as a Police Officer and Army Reserve Soldier, he and his wife are the parents of three children.