Title: Master Sergeant (Retired)
Company: U.S. Army
Location: Holladay, Utah, United States
Master Sgt. Brett G. Hardcastle, Retired Master Sergeant of the U.S. Army, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Military for dedication, achievements and leadership in the military.
Following in the military footsteps of his father and his brother, MSG Hardcastle initially volunteered for the U.S. Army Reserves, serving from 1971 to 1977. What inspired MSG Hardcastle to join the military was a sense of duty because back when he joined, there was a draft and he didn’t want to wait to be drafted. He believed it was his duty, as his father joined during the Korean War and made a career out of the U.S. Army Reserves around the time that MSG Hardcastle joined. After being Honorably Discharged from the Army Reserve in 1977, SGT Hardcastle volunteered for active duty with the Army in 1988 and held various ranks and positions before serving the bulk of his career as an Army recruiter and technical warrant officer recruiter, where he earned the Army recruiter ring and the Glen E. Morrell Award for Recruiting Excellence. He also completed a successful one-year mission in Kirkuk, Iraq, as a Platoon Sergeant in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006-07. After his retirement in 2007, he was a Junior ROTC instructor at Taylorsville High School in Utah from 2009 to 2013. Prior to the start of his professional career, Sgt. Hardcastle pursued a formal education at Columbia College – Salt Lake City, where he attained an Associate of Arts degree.
As a former volunteer for United Way Big Brothers/Big Sisters, he was matched with his little brother Jared Bronson for six years and they have maintained a very close relationship to the present. After graduating from high school, Jared joined the U.S. Army as an Airborne Ranger. MSG Hardcastle is affiliated with numerous organizations related to his field where he maintains involvement with the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, the Elks Club, and the Veterans Honor Society for Academic Leadership and Excellence. In light of his many accomplishments, MSG Hardcastle is the recipient of myriad honors and accolades throughout his career. He was awarded the Academic Leadership & Excellence Award by the SALUTE National Veterans Honor Society in 2015. He also received his highest military award, the Meritorious Service Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, as well as being awarded the Eagle Scout Award in his youth, respectively, among many others.
Today, MSG Hardcastle loves spending time with his grandchildren taking them water skiing and boating. He has been a member of a private boat club for the past 30 years, serving as past Commodore and Membership Committee. Moving forward, he would like to continue staying active.
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