AARP Montana is pleased to announce the appointment of Al Ward of Billings to serve on its Executive Council. The AARP Montana Executive Council is a volunteer leadership committee that sets the strategic direction for the national nonprofit organization in the state.
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Ward has been a volunteer with AARP since 2009 and has served as a lead volunteer on advocacy, consumer protection and Native American issues.
“We’re excited that Al has agreed to serve on our Executive Council,” said Joy Bruck, AARP Montana State President. “He will be a terrific asset with his extensive background and experience on issues affecting Montana communities.”
Retired, he is a former AARP Outreach Director with a storied career in law enforcement and the military. He is the author of three books and several publications on crime and consumer protection, the recipient of several lifetime achievement awards, a current or former board member of numerous organizations, and as an adult education specialist, he has taught over 700 classes in crime and loss prevention to law enforcement, security, business and general public audiences.
Ward began his career by serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, enlisting during the height of the Vietnam War. By the end of his enlistment, Ward served as one of two technicians in an Air Traffic Control Tower at the helicopter landing field at Camp Pendleton. His commitment to serve his country continued with the U.S. Coast Guard as a Reservist for 16 years. Continuing his career in public service, Ward served more than 25 years as a police officer with the Bellevue Police Department in Washington State. As a security consultant, his consumer protection and crime prevention efforts were directed towards adult education.
In his retirement, Ward continues his long track record of public service by volunteering not only with AARP, but also with several organizations including the Governor’s Council on Aging, The Montana Crime Prevention Council, the Marine Corps League, the Reserve Officers Association and various Indian tribes and tribal organizations.
"Al Ward is a proven advocate and leader with an impressive record of achievement that has impacted not just older Montanans, but residents of all ages," said Bob Bartholomew, AARP Montana State Director. "I am thrilled that Al has accepted our invitation to join the AARP Montana Executive Council.”
"I look forward to working with the AARP Montana staff, Executive Council and volunteers statewide to help 50+ Montanans and their families age with independence, dignity and purpose," said Ward.
Ward holds a Masters degree in Adult Education from Seattle University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Washington.