SFC Lucas W. Eggert enlisted in the Army in 1999 and attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training as an 11B (Infantryman) at Fort Benning, Georgia. His initial assignment was to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment in Fort Carson, Colorado, where he served as a squad automatic gunner, Bradley driver and gunner. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant during a deployment to Kuwait where he served as a team leader.
In 2003 he was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was then reassigned to the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment in Schweinfurt, Germany, where he deployed again in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004 to 2005. In 2004 he was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant and served as a rifle and weapons squad leader from 2004 to 2007. Eggert deployed again in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006 to 2007. Upon completing his tour in Germany, he was reassigned to the 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment in Fort Benning, Georgia, where he served as new equipment training instructor and was later promoted to sergeant first class.
In June of 2010, he was reassigned back to Germany to serve with the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as a combat advisor during Operation Enduring Freedom from 2011 to 2012. Upon redeployment he was reassigned to 3rd Squadron, 3d Cavalry Regiment in Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as a platoon sergeant in Ironhawk Troop from 2012 to 2015. Eggert again deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Resolute support from 2015 to 2016. Upon redeployment he was selected to serve as a Senior Drill Sergeant at Fort Sill, Oklahoma with the 1st Battalion, 31st Field Artillery Regiment from 2016 to 2018. After completing this assignment he was then assigned as a Military Science Instructor at St. Mary’s University.
Eggert’s military and civilian education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer’s Course, the Bradley Master Gunner Course, the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer’s Course, the Security Forces Assistance Brigade Stability Transition Team Course, and the Drill Sergeant Course. Eggert has currently completed 93 semester hours towards his Bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security.
Eggert’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal (2nd award), Army Commendation Medal (4th award), Army Achievement Medal (7th award), Good Conduct Medal (6th award) National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (four bronze service stars), Iraqi Campaign Medal (four bronze service stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3rd award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4th award), NATO Medal, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.