John M. Ward
Colonel John Michael Ward was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School Class 2-71, 15 January 1971. His first duty assignment was as Weapons Platoon Leader, Company C, 1st Battalion, 505th Infantry, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Attack Helicopter Platoon Leader, 82d Aviation Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; S-4, 2d Aviation Battalion, 2d Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Korea; Commander, Headquarters Company, 3d Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington; S-4, 3d Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington; Operations Officer, Company E, 501st Aviation Battalion, 1st Armored Division; S-4, 501st Aviation Battalion, 1st Armored Division; Commander, Company E, 501st Aviation Battalion, 1st Armored Division; Executive Officer, 501st Aviation Battalion, 1st Armored Division; Personnel Assignment Officer, Aviation Branch, USAMILPERCEN, Alexandria, Virginia; Battalion Commander, Task Force 23, 3d Infantry Division; Battalion Commander, 2d Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Armored Division; Chief, Joint Personnel Policy Branch, Directorate for Manpower and Personnel, The Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. | Colonel Ward's military education and training includes: Airborne Course, Ranger School, Rotary Wing Aviator Course, Infantry Officers Advanced Course, Armed Forces Staff College, and the United States Army War College. | His military awards and decorations include: Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal w/4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal.