BOSTON (AP) – A Massachusetts soldier being treated for incurable colon cancer has been promoted to sergeant in the room in which he receives chemotherapy.

Maj. Gen. Joseph Carter, Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard, presented Scott Miller with his promotion papers, stripes and a plaque during a ceremony at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

The Army specialist has served in Iraq, Pakistan and Uzbekistan.

Members of his unit, family, doctors and other care givers packed the room Wednesday to witness the emotional ceremony.

The 34-year-old spoke of his pride of being the backbone of the army as the top noncommissioned officer.

Scott was diagnosed with a blood clot in the leg while serving in Iraq just over a month ago.

Further tests showed the Newton, New Hampshire resident had colon cancer.

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