Garco Jail deputy re-ups in National Guard |

Garco Jail deputy re-ups in National Guard

Post Independent/Kara K. PearsonCurtis Walden, center, re-enlists in the Colorado Army National Guard during a swearing in ceremony led by United States Air Force veteran Jay Miller, in black, Friday outside the Garfield County Courthouse. Also in attendance, from left: Colorado National Guard veteran Richard Cordova; Colorado Army National Guard Sgt. John Pizzelli; Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario; daughter Brianna Walden; Trsi Houpt; fiance Melanie Dorzok; and Colorado Army National Guard veteran Jim Wright.

A Garfield County Jail detention deputy re-upped in the Colorado Army National Guard Friday. Curtis Walden, 38, was sworn in just outside the Garfield County jail flanked by American and Colorado flags, veterans of the Rifle American Legion Post 78, Sheriff Lou Vallario, County Commissioner Trési Houpt and other National Guardsmen.Walden will train for nine weeks at Fort Rutger, Ala., where he will learn his specialty as a helicopter dispatcher.

After completing training, Walden will be stationed at Buckley Air National Guard Base in Aurora. He will resume service as a sergeant in a Homeland Security unit that provides mainland defense and border patrol, he said.Walden served for 13 years in the California National Guard.After six years since his service, Walden said it was time to join up again.

“I had the urge to go back and serve my country,” he said.He also knew that time was running short to sign up, since the National Guard will not accept men over 39 years old.Walden said he asked his 7-year-old daughter, Brianna, if it was all right with her that he rejoin the National Guard.

“She said, ‘Of course, daddy,'” he said. Walden is engaged to Melanie Dorzok, of Glenwood Springs. The couple have not made firm wedding plans as yet, he added.Walden has been a field training officer for the county jail for five years and is commander of the jail’s emergency response team.

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