OGDEN -- Assistant Police Chief Randy Watt, an Army National Guard colonel on military duty in Iraq, has been awarded a Bronze Star for his accomplishments.
Watt, who has been with the Ogden Police Department for 32 years, was responsible for developing the Special Operations Forces Campaign Plan for Iraq.
The plan set the strategy for pressuring violent extremist networks and developing Iraq's special operations forces, states an Army news release.
Brig. Gen. Darsie D. Rogers recently presented the award to Watt at Camp Liberty in Baghdad.
"Colonel Watt's performance was magnificent," Rogers said. "He is the best plans/operations officer I have worked with in my 27 years of service."
After returning from Iraq, expected next month, Watt is scheduled to take command of the Utah Army National Guard's 19th Special Forces Group on June 4 during a ceremony at Camp Williams. The 19th SFG includes 2,100 soldiers stationed in nine states.
This is Watt's fourth Bronze Star for combat service and his second Iraq Campaign Medal. Two of Watt's previous Bronze Stars are for combat service in Afghanistan, one with a "V" device for valor.
The Bronze Star is awarded for heroism or meritorious achievement in military operations against an armed enemy.
Watt holds a Bachelor of Police Science degree from Weber State College, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix, a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and is enrolled to receive a doctorate in business, with an emphasis in Homeland Security Leadership and Policy.