Ozark County native promoted to U.S. Army colonel

Ozark County native Clay Pettit has been promoted from lieutenant colonel to colonel. The promotion came during an Army ceremony at the U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, where Pettit currently serves.

Pettit is the son of Isabella resident Mary Pettit and the late Tommy D. Pettit. He graduated from. Gainesville High School in 1986. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management from what is now Missouri State University and master’s degrees in business administration and public administration from Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. He worked as a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper for six years before serving combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. In his new role, he will serve as a resources officer for the many exercises Special Operations Command participates in each year.

Pettit and his wife, the former Shonnie Allen, a teacher and homemaker, live in Tampa with their sons, Daniel and Scott, who are members of the Boys Scouts of American troop their dad leads as scoutmaster.

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