Piggott Native Promoted to Colonel
Piggott native Damon Cluck was promoted to colonel in the Arkansas Army National Guard last week. Cluck was "pinned" by his family in a ceremony held Friday, Jan. 30, at Camp Robinson.
An Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, Cluck has served over 25 years in the Guard, where he has served in a variety of leadership positions throughout his service. A decorated veteran, he earned a Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge during his two deployments.
A 1986 graduate of Piggott High School, he is the son of Dianne Cluck, and the late Neil Cluck, of Piggott. During his time at PHS he was involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities and was a standout in Mohawk sports.
Cluck was also very active and successful in the Boy Scouts of America, and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. In fact, his Eagle Scout project is still being enjoyed by local residents to this day, as he and fellow scouts planted 250 pine trees at the Clay County Fairgrounds in March of 1983.
In 2005 Cluck, along with local guardsman Jody Henderson, served as the grand marshals of the annual Piggott Fourth of July Parade. At the time both were majors, and were recognized for their service in Iraq.
During the ceremony Cluck talked about the many friends and mentors who influenced and shaped him throughout his career, especially during the preparation and subsequent deployments to Iraq.
Cluck has worked full time for the Arkansas National Guard in the Active Guard and Reserve Program since 1990, where his most recent assignment has been the Director of Human Resources. On Feb 1, he became the Director of Military Support, which provides quality and timely emergency disaster support and counter-drug support to civilian authorities and law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal level in order to help the citizens of Arkansas.