WASHINGTON — The Washington County Attorney’s office will be short a member come March 2020 as county attorney John Gish has announced he will be deployed to Kuwait.
Gish, a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve first joined in February of 2009 after completing college. He said there were a variety of reasons he chose to join the reserves, but among the top were to uphold his family history of military service that dates back to the revolutionary war and as a tribute to the servicemen and women who came before him.
When Gish first joined the reserves he went to basic training and officer candidate school, and in 2010 went on to engineer school. Upon completion, he did three years of law school all while still maintaining his status as a member of the reserves.
About a month ago, Gish said he received an email telling him he was selected to deploy with the 311th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) to Kuwait and recently received a phone call with direct orders on where he was going. The first stop for Gish is to report to Fort Hood, Texas, on March 8, 2020, and deploy to Kuwait at a later date. While there, he will work as the engineer officer in the current operations cell.
Gish said his primary job responsibilities will entail giving the technical engineer guidance and no combat will be involved. This is a new position for him and he will be trained before he leaves for Kuwait.
“I think that’s what makes it exciting,” he said of trying something new.
Back home in Washington County, Gish said the office is making strides to make sure everything is covered. He said the office is looking into hiring an attorney on a temporary basis that will be in the position before his departure and will leave when Gish returns from service.
The office currently has two prosecutors on staff already who will maintain the workload, which is primarily focusing on the prosecution of criminal offenses. He said his role in the county attorney’s office is to take responsibility for the felony docket, which includes anything from felony drug charges all the way up to first degree murder.
Gish is expecting to be gone for about a year and will return to the county attorney’s office in early 2021.
“This is my second deployment. I have a lot of pride in wearing the uniform and I have a lot of pride in what I do here in Washington County so I try to balance those positions and this time I’m following my orders and serving my country but I look forward to returning to serve the people of Washington County,” he said.