A Conway woman climbed the ranks in the Army, landing a promotion to Colonel.
Janetta Blackmore received the pinning of rank in front of her family during a promotion ceremony, though pomp and circumstance aren’t really her style.
In fact, although the Army offers a ceremony for each promotion, this was the first time Blackmore accepted.
“This one was special, to get to colonel,” she said. “It is an honor and a blessing.”
Blackmore serves as the Department of Nutritional Medicine chief at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas but said Conway will always be home to her.
“All of my roots are right there in Conway. I’m still that little girl that lived on Spruce Street,” she said. “I love to come home. That’s what keeps me grounded and connected.”
She graduated from Conway High School in 1985.
“I’m a proud Wampus Cat,” she said.
She earned her bachelor’s degree and one of her two master’s degrees from the University of Central Arkansas. She said her hometown played a big role in her success.
“It hasn’t just been me, there have been a lot of people on this journey that made this possible -- family, friends, mentors [and] peers,” she said. “I’m appreciative and ready for the challenge.”
With the promotion, Blackmore will add coaching, teaching and mentoring to her duties.
“With each promotion, comes additional responsibility,” she said. “My day-to-day tasks will be similar, making sure I am helping to lead and guide future leaders.”