Sgt. David Steffan, a 1992 graduate of La Veta High School, joined the Colorado National Guard in 2002. After attending basic training and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers School at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, he was assigned to Detachment 1, 947th Combat Support Engineer Company, Trinidad. The unit completed missions in Germany, South Dakota, and Wyoming before being deployed to Iraq on Sept. 11, 2005.While in Iraq, Steffan served as Bravo Team Leader, 1st Squad, 2nd Platoon, 947th Engineer Company, 54th Combat Engineers, attached to First Marine Expeditionary Force, Al Anbar province.
The unit’s mission entailed road construction and repair, support of Marine and Armored Cavalry outposts, site security and transportation. In addition to his duties as leader, Steffan operated a Meerkat mine detector, drove lead gun truck in convoys and operated various types of construction equipment. He earned the Army Commendation Metal operating an armored grader as part of Operation Steel Curtain, keeping Al Queda operatives from infiltrating from Syria. Recently, Steffan joined his unit in rebuilding the Fruita Reservoir #1, on the western slope, ensuring an adequate water supply for that small community.
Thank you, Sgt. David Steffan, for serving us and our country. You are one of our Huerfano (Colorado) Hometown Heroes!