FFHS Graduate Pontius promoted to Lieutenant Colonel

Nov 13, 2013

Congressman Collin Peterson recently had the honor of congratulating one of his former West Point nominees on an Army promotion. Jon Pontius, formerly of Fergus Falls, received an appointment to West Point in 1992. After more than twenty years of service at West Point and as an active duty soldier, Major Pontius was promoted to the new rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

"Jon was my first military academy nomination after I was elected to Congress," Peterson said. "I know I speak for all of us in Minnesota's Seventh District when I say how proud I am of his service to our country."

Pontius is stationed in Washington, DC, and works in the field of operations research. He was a standout track and football star at Fergus Falls High School, and then broke  records in the high jump, decathlon and pentathlon at West Point. In 1997 he was NCAA Division I All-American in the decathlon.