PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. Aca,!" Great leaders are hard to find, but they can be even harder to keep. With less than a year serving as the Deputy Commanding General for Operations, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Brig. Gen. John E. Seward is moving on to the next chapter in his military career.

During his time with the command, from August 2007 Aca,!" June 2008, Seward was involved with several significant operational events in the Army Space world, including the successful deployment of more than 100 Soldiers from the 1st Space Brigade to the U.S. Central Command Area of Operations, placement of a new Joint Tactical Ground Station detachment in Misawa, Japan and the launch and activation of the first Wideband Global SATCOM satellite which is now providing new and greater communications capabilities to the warfighter on the ground.

In a June 19 farewell ceremony, SMDC/ARSTRAT Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Kevin T. Campbell awarded Seward with the first Honorable Order of Saint Dominic silver medallion and certificate, a new order specifically designed for Space Professional Soldiers.

Aca,!A"I could ask for no better person to have led our Soldiers than John Seward,Aca,!A? said Campbell. Aca,!A"His impact on SMDC/ARSTRAT has been singularly impressive.Aca,!A?

Seward and his wife Lisa head back to Hawaii, where he previously served as the Commander of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command. Seward will now serve as the Deputy Commanding General for U.S. Army Pacific Command.