KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN- Promotions during a deployment have become a part of Army life. Soldiers from private first class to general have been promoted in countries like Korea, Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan. Today was a special day for one officer who was able to share his promotion with his family thousands of miles away.

Lieutenant Col. Allan Woodard, the 7th Sustainment Brigade deputy commanding officer, was promoted to the rank of colonel during a Feb. 28 ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.
Woodard, who is currently deployed, wanted to share this special moment with his family in Virginia. Assistance provided from U.S. Forces Afghanistan and the 7th Sus. Bde. rear detachment made sharing the moment possible for Woodard's wife, Unmi, and their three sons, Daniel, 17, Steven, 14, and Joshua, 10. They were able to view the promotion ceremony via virtual teleconference from the brigade conference room at Fort Eustis, Va. The family made extra effort to be in the conference room at 2:30 a.m.

"It was very special to have my family watch," said Woodard. They are a key part of my career. I couldn't do this without them. It is not a promotion just for me, but it is my family's promotion."

Unmi fully expressed her appreciation for her husband after the promotion ceremony.

"I was happy to get up at 2 a.m.," she said. It means a lot to me and him. I know he would appreciate what we are doing. He deserves this."

"With more than 20 years in the Army Woodard brings a wealth of experience to the position of DCO. He shows the leadership qualities and operational capacity to commend a promotion," said Col. Lawrence Kominiak, commander, 7th Sus. Bde.

Woodard expressed that his promotion is a reflection of his family's commitment. He feels that without his family he would not have gone this far in the Army.

"It feels amazing to have my family's support," said Woodard. My success is not of my own doing but a reflection of their constant encouragement. I'm going to do the best I can knowing that my family is proud of what I am doing."