The 87th Infantry Regiment is proud to again recognize CSM (Ret.) Kenneth Lopez as the Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment.
CSM Lopez served 27 years as a Soldier in the Army, arriving at Fort Drum in early 1996. He assumed duties as Command Sergeant Major of 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment before becoming the senior enlisted advisor in 2BCT and deploying to Bosnia. Planning to retire after he left this post, CSM Lopez remained on active duty following the events of September 11th. He assumed his duties as Mountain 7 and worked with Major General Walter Hagenbeck to lead the 10th Mountain Division into Afghanistan and the Global War on Terror. In late 2002, CSM Lopez retired.
Rather than leave the North Country, though, he remained on Fort Drum for another 15 years and became a fixture in the community. Working as a DA civilian in a number of capacities, to include Chief of Community Recreation, Lopez left an indelible mark on the installation and its families.
The 87th Infantry Regiment is excited for CSM Lopez to assume this position alongside COL (Ret.) Christopher Vanek and help honor the legacy of Regiment as 1-87 IN and 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment forge ahead as the oldest units in the 10th Mountain Division.