Californians and the Military
Sergeant Major Doris J. Drennan
First Female Sergeant Major in the California Army National Guard
Sergeant Major Doris Jeanne Drennan was born in Denver, Colorado, on 26 March 1930 and enlisted in the Navy Air Reserve on 29 March 1969 at the Naval Air Station, Alameda, California. On 29 March 1973, Sergeant Major Drennan left the Navy Air Reserve and enlisted in the United States Army Reserve (USAR) and was assigned to the 6211th United States Army Garrison, Camp Roberts, California. During this period, she was promoted to Staff Sergeant. In 1974, Sergeant Major Drennan enlisted in the California Army National Guard as a member of the 111th Area Headquarters at Camp San Luis Obispo, California.
On 8 July 1975, Sergeant Major Drennan was promoted to Sergeant First Class and in June 1977, she was attached to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion (Mechanized), 159th Infantry Regiment (Fifth California Infantry) as the Personnel Sergeant. In May of 1979, Sergeant Major Drennan was transferred to the Army National Guard Training Site, Camp Roberts, California, as the Personnel Management Supervisor. In 1981, Sergeant Major Drennan was promoted to Master Sergeant and transferred to the Office of the Adjutant General in Sacramento as the Personnel Data Analyst for the newly implemented Standard Installation Division Personnel System (SIDPERS). On 16 March 1989, Sergeant Major Drennan was promoted to Sergeant Major, becoming the first woman in the California Army National Guard to attain that rank.
On 31 March 1990, after a long and outstanding career, Sergeant Major Drennan separated from the California Army National Guard and joined the USAR Control Group (Retired). Sergeant Major Drennan passed away on 4 October 2007 at the age of 77 in Reno, Nevada.
Sergeant Major Drennan's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, California Service Medal (2nd Award), California Enlisted Excellence Ribbon (3rd Award), California Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), California Commendation Medal (2nd Award) and California Governor's Outstanding Unit Citation.
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