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Midwest City native assumes Army leadership position

Command Sgt. Maj. Harold Estabrooks assumed the responsibility of Army Reserve medical commander in Florida on Sept. 23
BY STAFF SGT. MARNIE JACOBOWITZ FOR THE OKLAHOMAN Modified: October 5, 2012 at 9:14 pm •  Published: October 6, 2012
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Midwest City native Harold Estabrooks assumed the responsibility of Army Reserve Medical Command at the C.W. “Bill” Young Armed Forces Reserve Center in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Col. Tracy L. Smith, who served as commander of troops during the Sept. 23 change of command ceremony, said Estabrooks will be an asset in his new position.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Estabrooks is a take-charge leader who will lead the command into becoming something better,” Smith said.

Estabrooks began his military career in 1985 as an infantry soldier and worked his way into leadership positions throughout the years. He attended numerous military schools and comes from a military family.

His father is retired Master Sgt. Milton Estabrooks, an Army veteran who served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

His wife is a retired Army Reserve sergeant, and their youngest son, James, is currently serving in the Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat team in Afghanistan.

“This army is our family business,” Estabrooks said.

“I understand the challenges for soldiers, spouses, parents and children because I have lived all of them. All of the roles require sacrifice, and I am thankful that we live in a nation that honors sacrifice.”

Michele Sutak is chief of public affairs for the Army Reserve Medical Command.