Local officer meets President Trump in Iraq

Colonel Michael Maddox of Monroe, who was raised in Conyers, met President Donald Trump on the president’s Christmas visit to Iraq Wednesday. (Special Photo)

CONYERS — U.S. Army Col. Michael Maddox of Monroe, and a native of Rockdale County, met President Donald Trump on the president’s Christmas visit to Iraq Wednesday.

The president also gave a shout-out to Col. Maddox during his speech to the troops. Trump and first lady Melania Trump made a surprise visit to Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq, where Maddox is base commander. Trump thanked the troops and met with senior military leaders before returning to the U.S. early Thursday.

Maddox, a graduate of Heritage High School, served in the Army National Guard and the Army Reserves before being called to return to duty after 9/11. He has served with Homeland Security and in Iraq and Afghanistan during his 10 years in the Army.

Maddox is the son of Rockdale native Don Maddox of Walton County and Joan Maddox of Conyers. He is married to the former Tammy Needham of Rockdale County, and they are the parents of two sons, Blake, a college freshman, and 9-year-old Seth.

Maddox’s current tour of duty in Iraq is expected to end in May.


I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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