Lt. Col Bud Bittner to speak at Memorial Day services at Acacia

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Acacia's Veterans' Garden
Photo by Jerry Pickard

Acacia Memorial Park in Lake Forest Park is holding a Memorial Day service Monday featuring LTC Lawrence Bittner. Services starts at 11 am on the grounds.

Lt. Col. Bittner's biography follows:

Lt. Col. Lawrence W. (Bud) Bittner enlisted in the Army in May 1985 as an Air Traffic Controller At Ft Hood Texas. In Aug 1988 he returned to Washington State University where he participated in ROTC and graduated May 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He was commissioned July 25, 1990 as a 2nd Lt. in the Transportation Corps.
  
His first assignment as an officer was at Fort Lewis where he served in positions from Battalion Transportation Officer, Platoon leader, to Company Executive officer. During this time he deployed in support of Operation Restore Hope in Somalia and Desert Fox in Saudi Arabia. He left active duty but stayed involved in the Reserves.
  
In the Reserves he served in positions that ranged from Battalion S-4, Vessel Operations Officer, Company Commander of three separate companies, Group Maintenance Officer, to Battalion Executive Officer. He deployed to Iraq as a company commander delivering fuel throughout Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. 

Returning to active duty in 2007, he has served as Airlift Coordination officer, Battalion Executive officer, Brigade Operations officer, and Brigade Transportation Officer. He served in Iraq as an executive officer of a Surface Deployment and Distribution Command responsible for moving units’ equipment and supplies out of Iraq. He also served as Sea Branch chief and mobility chief with 3rd Army while serving in Kuwait.
  
His most recent assignment brings him to Joint Base Lewis McChord as the 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command mobility chief responsible for planning, coordinating and tracking all modes of transportation within the Pacific Command region and locally supporting JBLM.  

Lt. Col. Bittner has received numerous awards throughout his career.  He has been awarded the Bronze Star, five Army Commendation Medals and four Army Achievement Medals.

Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home Grounds is located at 14951 Bothell Way NE in Lake Forest Park.


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