It is not often that I have the opportunity to write about something positive. On March 4th, however, my brother U.S. Army Major Trent Colestock was honored on the floor of the U.S. Congress by Florida Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-District 27). Click here to read the Congressional Record of the Honoring of Major Trent Colestock U.S. Army.
Writing in the Spring 2013 edition of TCU Magazine, Marcus Murphree notes:
Trent Colestock’s ’04 sense of duty seems to come naturally. He has been serving his country since before, during and after his years at TCU.
Most recently, Army Cpt. [now Major] Colestock, shown below at the State of the Union Address, has been learning the ins and outs of congress as a military defense liaison for Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, while rounding out his master’s degree in legislative affairs from George Washington University.
“Right now, it’s a very special time in Congress in relation to the armed services, and budget items that affect the military greatly,” Colestock said. “I’m glad to help [Conaway], and to tell him what we think about in the military and relay the word to him.”
Colestock, 34, enlisted in 1997, starting him on the path to civil service. After being stationed in Fort Drum, N.Y., for four years, the Mineral Wells native took his military career to Fort Worth as part of the Horned Frog Battalion.
Service continued, and an Iraq deployment and Bronze Star later, he is now working as a voice for his fellow soldiers on Capitol Hill.
“Veterans who return home are facing issues, and I want to make sure I am there to take care of them,” Colestock said. “Every issue is a learning experience, but also I see every challenge to make sure I’m taking care of the person right away, effectively and successfully.”
The nation is in good hands with men like my brother Trent.