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Former Soldier with Northwest Arkansas Roots Joining Boozman’s State Staff as New Military and Veterans Advisor

WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) announced Master Sergeant (Ret.) Michael Long will join his staff as an advisor for military and veterans’ issues in early January.

During his 27-year military career, MSG Long served as a Combat Medic, Operations Sergeant and Instructor. He was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant in 2017 and subsequently served as the Legislative Liaison to the 13th Command Sergeant Major of the Army Reserve. 

“As a graduate of Springdale High School I enlisted in the Army from Northwest Arkansas. It is truly an honor to come back home and continue to serve. I’m excited to connect with our veterans and continue representing our state in this new role,” Long said. 

“I’m proud to welcome Mike back to Arkansas after decades of distinguished military service. He has a unique understanding of the needs of servicemembers, veterans and military families and will be a valuable asset as we craft policies and advance initiatives to improve the lives of these selfless Americans,” Boozman said.

During his military service, MSG Long was awarded numerous awards and decorations to include the Legion Of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and Combat Medic Badge.

A current resident of Fayetteville, MSG Long will be based out of Boozman’s Little Rock office and will travel around the state in his new capacity. 

MSG Long replaces Col. Anita Deason who retired from the Boozman office in October.

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