LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Sen. Harry Reid is honoring a Las Vegas soldier who has served two decades in the Army and will soon lead the 1st Presidential Communications Command.

Reid presented Major Sean Passmore with an American flag at a Washington, D.C. constituent breakfast on Thursday.

His new job involves providing communications technology so the president can lead the nation from the White House and while traveling.

Passmore enlisted in the Army after high school and served as dental technician at Fort Gordon, Ga., before enrolling in the Defense Language Institute to become a Chinese linguist.

His overseas deployments include assignments in Bosnia, Kuwait and Iraq. He’s also earned a Soldier of the Year award at the Georgia base, and an Officer of the Year award in Fort Bliss, Tex., in 2009.

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