Raised in a Family of Modest Means
Kenneth's father was honorably discharged from the National Guard in 1969. The Sheets family settled in Mansfield, TX and together with his two sisters and two brothers, Kenneth grew up learning the value of hard work and the importance of defending our nation and our freedoms. Given his family's history of military service – both of his grandfathers served in World War II and father in the National Guard – it seems Kenneth was destined to honor this calling as well.
Continuing a Tradition of Protecting America
After his graduation from Mansfield High School, Kenneth enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and in January 1996 he began his training as a Marine. For nearly twenty years, he has served our country in both the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserves – achieving the rank of Major. Kenneth is the first in his family to earn a commission.
Operation Iraqi Freedom
As part of the surge of troops ordered by President George W. Bush, Kenneth was deployed to Iraq and operated out of Fallujah with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD) from September 2007 until May 2008.
His decorations for service include: Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 2 gold stars in lieu of second and third award; Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal with 1 bronze star in lieu of second award; and the Iraq Campaign Medal.