WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 9, 2015) — U.S. Rep. Ted W. Lieu (CA-33), the Democrat Congressman representing Los Angeles County, Calif., was promoted to the rank of Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserves on Monday.
Lieu joined the U.S, Air Force on active duty in 1995. He served in both Operation Desert Strike and Operation Pacific Haven. After serving on active duty for four years Lieu continues to serve with the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He has received numerous medals for his military service, including the Air Force Humanitarian Service Medal and multiple Meritorious Service Medals.
“I joined the Air Force on active duty and decided to continue to serve in the Reserves to give back to America – an exceptional country of boundless opportunity that has given so much to my family. I am deeply humbled and honored to be selected for promotion to the rank of Colonel. I look forward to continuing to serve our nation as a reservist and as a Member of the House of Representatives. In both these solemn duties, I pledge to always honor the Air Force’s core values: integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.”
The Air Force selected 163 of 1,538 officers considered for the commissioned officer rank of colonel for a selection rate of 10.6 percent.
Lieu serves on the House Committees on the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform. He is also the Democratic Freshman Class President.