A Hannibal native recently marked a major milestone in her military career.

A Hannibal native recently marked a major milestone in her military career.

On Sept. 26, Beth (Brown) Coffey was promoted to the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves by Brig. Gen. Guthrie with the assistance of her mother Barbara Brown and her husband Duane Coffey. Col. Coffey has served as an Army Officer for more than 22 years, starting out in the Missouri National Guard as an engineering officer, then transitioning to the Washington National Guard. She served as the executive officer for the Guard unit in Iraq in 2004-2005. She served in the U.S. Army Reserves for the past five years. In her current assignment, she will serve as the executive officer in the 104th Training Division, whose primary mission is to support ROTC. Col. Coffey and her husband live in Washington state, where she works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a civilian in the position of Chief, Operations Division for the Seattle District.

She is a graduate of Hannibal High School and the University of Missouri. She is the daughter of Frank and Barbara Brown of Hannibal.