Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-MS), member of the House Armed Services Committee, Persian Gulf War veteran and the only noncommissioned officer concurrently serving in Congress and the National Guard, announced that Colonel Robert "Steve" Parham, recently retired commander of Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center near Hattiesburg, MS, has joined his staff as Deputy District Director.
"First and foremost, I am here to serve the people of South Mississippi," Palazzo stated. "Colonel Parham has a long history of such service, and that's what makes him such a valuable addition to our team."
"I am honored to be able to assist the good people of Mississippi's Fourth Congressional District on behalf of Congressman Palazzo," Parham stated.
Parham formally joined Congressman Palazzo's staff earlier this month, following his retirement as commander of Camp Shelby. His previous career included more than 25 years in the Mississippi Army National Guard, 22 of which he spent at Camp Shelby. Parham spent the last three years serving as Camp Shelby's installation commander, during which time Camp Shelby processed more than 53,000 Soldiers in support of Overseas Contingency Operations around the world. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and a decorated soldier.
Parham is serving as Deputy District Director on Congressman Palazzo's staff, where he continues to work with community leaders throughout the district.