Major Keon Pendergast attended the first Basic Training unit in 1994 and graduated from the program in 1995, and continued for a time on staff. Major Pendergast served in the auto shop at ALERT, traveled the country for two years with the Mobile Outreach Team, and worked as the ALERT Sergeant Major. After he got married he moved off campus for a year before returning to work with Basic Training as the Logistics Officer. Major Pendergast was commissioned as the Basic Training Commanding Officer for Unit 36 in 2006, and served as CO until fall of 2016. In January 2017, he was named ALERT Commanding Officer. He and his wife Corrie have four children.