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Phone: 360.337.4598


Date: December 28, 2012

Doug Bear, Public Communications Manager
360-337-4598 or

No: 2012-124

County employee returns to work after 3-year military tour

(Port Orchard, WA) – Craig D. Hanson has returned to work as a Deputy Fire Marshal after serving overseas and with the Army for three years. Craig was called up with the National Guard to serve as an advisor to Iraq’s Ministry of Interior for the Iraqi Fire Service and Iraq’s national Emergency Operations Center in November of 2009.

In addition to those duties Craig was also assigned as the Force Protection Non-commissioned Officer in Charge for a small outpost in Baghdad. When he returned from overseas, he was asked to serve as the Operations Sergeant Major for the National Guard's new and experimental “Homeland Response Force”, a 500 person unit which responds to chemical, biological and all-hazard events that have overwhelmed local authorities. Craig helped develop the doctrine of the unit as well as the training events and large scale exercises for the unit and civil authorities. Craig, who was awarded a Bronze Star for service in 2004, was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his recent service in Iraq.

"I appreciate the opportunity to serve in the National Guard and am thankful for the ability to resume my civilian career," Hanson said. "I'm looking forward to returning to my duties as a Deputy Fire Marshal for the County and am eager to help our community any way I can," Hanson added.


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