Chief Warrant Officer Five Sharon T. Swartworth was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1959 and grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Chief Swartworth enlisted in the US Army in 1977 and completed Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. Her initial assignment, after graduation from Multichannel Communications Equipment Operator Course at Fort Gordon, was as a Personnel Administration Specialist with the 50th
Signal Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She also served as a Personnel Administration Specialist with the 304th Signal Battalion, Korea.
In 1981, Chief Swartworth completed the Legal Specialist Course and served as a Legal Specialist with the 16th Signal Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas. She completed the Court
Reporting Course at the Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island in 1982. Her other enlisted assignments include: Legal Specialist/Court Reporter, 110th JAG Detachment, Fort Carson, Colorado; and Legal Specialist/Court Reporter, 1st Army, Fort Meade, Maryland. Chief Swartworth attained the rank of Sergeant First Class prior to her appointment as a warrant officer.
Chief Swartworth was selected to become a Legal Administrator in the Judge Advocate General's Corps in 1985. As a Legal Administrator, she served in a variety of assignments including: Training, Advising, and Counseling (TAC) Officer, Warrant Officer Candidate School, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; IMA Legal Administrator, Special Forces Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Legal Assistance Task Force/Desert Storm, Office of the Judge Advocate General, Washington, DC; Legal Service Study Group, Office of the General Counsel, Washington, DC; Legal Administrator, Presidio of San Francisco, California; Legal Administrator, US Army Litigation Center, Arlington, Virginia; Legal Administrator, US Army Legal Services Agency; and Director of Operations for Legal Technology, Office of the Judge Advocate General, Arlington, Virginia.
In June 1999, Chief Swartworth was selected as the Warrant Officer of the Judge Advocate General's Corps. On 21 July 1999, she assumed that position, serving as the primary advisor to the Judge Advocate General of the Army, in all matters concerning Legal Administrators in the United States Army.
Chief Swartworth was a graduate of the Warrant Officer Advanced Course; Training, Advising, and Counseling (TAC) Officer Certification Course; Legal Administrator Course; Unit Administrator Course; Unit Maintenance Course; Warrant Officer Professional Development Course; Airborne Training Course; Master Fitness Course, Northern Warfare Training (Alaska); and the Instructor Certification Course. She also held a secondary MOS of Military Personnel Technician (420A).
She was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for her exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility.
On February 9, 2007, MG Black presided over the unveiling stained glass ceremony honoring CW5 Swartworth.