U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan was made a full colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve on Saturday evening at a ceremony at American Legion Post 28 in Spenard, Anchorage.
The master of ceremonies was retired Air Force Col. Otto Feather, who worked for Sen. Sullivan for a couple of years.
The only rank higher for a field officer like Sullivan is brigadier general. It is equivalent to the naval rank of captain in the other uniformed services.
Attending the ceremony was Sullivan’s wife Julie, her father Bud Fate of Fairbanks, and two of the Sullivan children (the third is away in school). Among the 40 people who attended were Gen. and Dee Dee Ralston, Jon Katchen, Ashley Reed, Josh Revak, Laddie Shaw, Dave and Darci Stieren, Ben and Elizabeth Stevens, Renee Limoge Reeve, Robyn Engibous, Art Hackney, Greg Chapados, Dr. Creed Mamikunian and his wife, who are personal friends of the Sullivan’s, neighbors of the family and several Marine Corps friends whom he has served with.
Sullivan gave short remarks about what being a Marine meant to him, saying that of his accomplishments, being a Marine is one of his most important to him.
Sullivan has served in the U.S. Marine Corps since 1993, and has been on active duty in Afghanistan. He currently trains and serves in the Reserves. Sullivan has been called to active duty three times since moving to Alaska, from 2004 to 2006, in 2009, and again in 2013. Sullivan is a recipient of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.