Godspeed and Semper Fi to Marine Colonel (and state senator) Steve Ward, whom the Denver Post reports today is being deployed to Iraq for a short-term assignment:
Ward expects to be in Iraq – probably Anbar province in the western part of the country – by late August or early September. “I’m assuming Anbar,” Ward said when asked where he will be stationed. “I go where they send me.”
The short-term assignment to help Iraqis set up a democratic government is scheduled to end in time for Ward to fill his state Senate seat when the assembly reconvenes in January.
Ward was appointed to the state Senate to replace Sen. Jim Dyer, who resigned after he was elected in November to the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners.
I met Steve Ward last December, shortly before his appointment to the legislature. He struck me then as a man of conviction and character, not surprising at all when I also learned he was a Marine.
Ward follows in the footsteps of Colorado Secretary of State (then-Treasurer) Mike Coffman who took leave from his elected post in 2005-2006 to don the uniform and serve in Iraq.
Seeing that one of our state senators is set to be deployed should remind us of our need to support all the troops.