Dr. Kristian Dugger, a native of Manson and a resident of Nevada, was promoted to the rank of colonel, during a ceremony held at the Iowa Army National Guard Freedom Center on Oct. 14.


Dugger, a practicing optometrist in Nevada, also serves as deputy commander for clinical services, Iowa Medical Detachment, Iowa Army National Guard in Johnston.


Dugger joined the U.S. Army in September 1988 through the University of Northern Iowa Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant on May 13, 1992, through Indiana University Army ROTC and received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University in May 1994.


Dugger practiced optometry on active duty for four years and has been in civilian practice with McFarland Clinic in Nevada since 1998.


His military career includes service in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, Indiana Army National Guard and the Iowa Army National Guard, where he has served since 2002. His service includes active duty tours in both Germany and Iraq.


His military awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal and Order of Military Medical Merit.


He has been married to his wife, Angie, for 25 years, and lives in Nevada. They are blessed with twin daughters, Peyton and Sydni, who are juniors at Missouri State University in Springfield.