County official heading off to War College
Tom Fisher has used his skills in the military to help rebuild Iraq’s infrastructure.
Now, he has the opportunity to use that experience to benefit Mesa County.
The regional services director for the county and Army National Guard lieutenant colonel has been accepted into the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania, a prestigious professional development institution.
Fisher has spent more than 20 years in the Army, including one year in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. He current commands a support battalion of 350 soldiers with the National Guard in Utah.
More than 500 National Guard officers from around the country apply to the program annually. Of those, 20 to 25 are selected to attend the residence course.
Fisher will earn a master’s degree in strategic studies during the one-year program. Beginning in July, he, his wife, Sheri, and their children will temporarily relocate to Pennsylvania.
“Less than 1 percent of his peers get chosen for this honor, so he is definitely part of our ‘A team,’” said Col. Robert Dunton, commander of the 204th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. “The skills and leadership lessons that Tom will gain from this course of study will advance his military career and will be of tremendous benefit to his civilian career with Mesa County.”
Others who have attended War College include generals Dwight Eisenhower, Colin Powell and David Petraeus.
After completing War College, Fisher will be eligible to move up in rank and take on more responsibility as a full colonel.