|Steven 'Randy' Watt|
Watt speaking at the FBI National Academy
|Service/branch||Utah Army National Guard|
|Unit||19th Special Forces Group|
|Battles/wars||Battle of Ayub Kheyl|
|Awards||Four bronze stars (one with Valor device), a Meritorious Service Medal and a Combat Infantryman Badge|
As a major, Watt arrived in Afghanistan in December of 2001, and led the Special Forces assault team that attacked the compound in Ayub Kheyl where Omar Khadr was captured on July 27, 2002. The team consisted of Watt, Captain Mike Silver, Sergeant Christopher Speer, Sergeant Layne Morris and Master Sergeant Scotty Hansen.. Watt was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions.
In 2004, he was quoted in the Salt Lake Tribune as stating ""We're arrogant. We think everyone knows what democracy is and wants it... but you can't change something in six months that took 6,000 years to create. If we don't help the transitional government get the warlords out of power and give democracy time to sprout, the country will revert back to anarchy."
In February 2008, Lt. Col. Watt was interviewed after testifying at the trial of Anthony Calderone a soldier who falsified his military awards. Watt said that nothing could "recover the lost honor for the U.S. Army" following Calderone's actions.
Watt was awarded his fourth Bronze Star while serving with Joint Forces Special Operations Component Command in Iraq; Watt had nominated himself for the award. The head of the command, Brig. Gen. Darsie D. Rogers, presented the award to Watt at Camp Liberty in Baghdad on April 2, 2011.
Without the "V" device for valor, the award is commonly given as an end of tour award to staff officers.
Colonel Watt was on a very short list of candidates for promotion to Brigadier General and command of the Army component of the Utah National Guard. He never made the rank.
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- 2007 Fall Conference Training[dead link]
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- Lakshmanan, Indira and John Donnelly (September 9, 2002). "The hunt for Al Qaeda". Boston.com.
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- Course Description
- M16 Viper and NOTA in Brazil
- Amy Joi O'Donoghue (April 8, 2011). "Utah guardsman colonel receives Bronze Star". Ksl.com.