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Ponzer awarded Bronze Star medal

February 26, 2010
Pierce County Tribune

Sergeant First Class, Donald A. Ponzer, of Greeley, Colo., a member of the Colorado National Guard's 220th Military Police Company of Denver, was recently awarded the Bronze Star Medal. The citation accompanying the award reads, "Sgt. Ponzer distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious service to the United States as the Compound Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the 220th Military Police Company, 744th Military Police Battalion, Multi-National Force - Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq, from 7 January 2008 to 15 December 2008 during Operation Iraqi Freedom."

Sgt. Ponzer has served five tours in Iraq, the first as a truck driver with the U.S. Marines 1st Marine Division during Desert Storm where he was wounded and earned a Purple Heart. He served in the U.S. Army with Field Artillery from 1995-1998, then joined the North Dakota National Guard where he was twice deployed to Iraq. In 2000, he moved to Colorado and served with the Colorado National Guard's 1/157th Field Artillery in Iraq. In 2003, he went back to active duty and is currently with the 220th Military Police Company. He has served a total of 20 years in the military, with 17 years of active duty.

Sgt. Ponzer is a son of Royce and Rosie Ponzer of Aylmer and is a 1987 graduate of Anamoose High School. He resides in Greeley, Colo., with his wife, Lisa, and son, Gunnar.



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