Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl presented an award to Westchester resident and U.S. Army veteran Christian Shaw, who recently returned from a 12-month tour in Iraq.
Shaw recently retired after serving 21 years in the U.S. Armed Forces, which included service in the Persian Gulf War (Desert Shield and Desert Storm) and Operation Iraqi Freedom-III (FOB Camp Speicher, Tikrit, Iraq).
Shaw and Rosendahl were invited to speak at a holiday fundraiser last month for a veterans association.
During the event, Rosendahl presented Shaw with a certificate of recognition for his military service.
“It was sort of cool being in Hollywood and on the rooftop pool area of the Bel Age Hotel [in West Hollywood],” Shaw said. “The crowd’s reception was very warm.
“It reminded me of my R&R visit at a resort on Lake Dokan, Kurdistan, in an area north of Iraq near the Turkish and Iranian border.”
Shaw has logged more than 2,200 flight hours serving as crew chief on the Navy Bell HH-1K Huey, Navy Sikorsky HH-60H Seahawk and Army Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters.
He retired as a staff sergeant from his final unit in the California Army National Guard. He was attached to the Bravo Company, First Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, based out of the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos.
Shaw returned to his full-time job of 11 years as a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department West Los Angeles Patrol Division, where he covers the Bel-Air, Brentwood, Westwood, Holmby, Pacific Palisades and Century City areas.
He is currently writing a book on his work in Iraq.
“I am so grateful that I have returned home in one piece and that I am with my loved ones during the holiday season,” Shaw said.