25th ID honors 5 at retirement ceremony

| August 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by 
Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs,  25th Infantry Division

Col. Richard Kim (center), commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, presents a Meritorious Service Medal to Sgt. 1st Class Terry Allen (right), Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 25th Special Troops Battalion, 25th ID, for his 25 years of service to the Army during the 25th ID Quarterly Retirement Ceremony at the Nehelani, Schofield Barracks, Monday.SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Esteemed leaders, Soldiers and families of the 25th Infantry Division gathered at the Nehelani, here, to honor and celebrate the division’s most recent Army retirees during its quarterly retirement ceremony, Monday.

Retirees honored were Master Sgt. Michael Pascua, who served 24 years; Master Sgt. Troy Bentley, 22 years; Master Sgt. Michael Wetzel, 24 years; Sgt. 1st Class Terry Allen, 25 years, and Sgt. 1st Class Paul Phillips, 20 years.

This retirement ceremony is the first the 25th ID has hosted and planned since July 2008, because of its deployment to Iraq. For the last two years, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command had handled the ceremony. 

Now that the division has officially returned and reset, it has rekindled its lead in arranging a memorable retirement ceremony for Tropic Lightning Soldiers as they leave the ranks of the armed forces.

“The 8th TSC has done a wonderful job in our stead, but it feels good for us to be able to take the lead in representing our own as they move on to their life’s next transition,” said Sgt. Maj. Raymond Rodriguez, G-1, 25th ID.

Guest speaker for the event was Col. Richard Kim, commander, 3rd BCT, who honored retirees and their families, along with 3rd BCT Command Sgt. Maj. Vance Snider. 

Retirees received a retirement award, a retirement certificate, a retirement pin, a U.S. flag and a certificate of appreciation — signed by Commander in Chief President Barack A. Obama. 

Each spouse received a certificate of achievement, and lei were presented to all family members as a final aloha from the 25th ID.

“I can’t think of a better way to show our support for these Soldiers and their families’ time in service and with the 25th ID than with this ceremony,” Rodriquez said. “All key leaders from the division and across the post are here today to honor the military careers of these great men.”

Although the retirees are leaving behind their Army career, many may be beginning a new chapter of service.

“I haven’t really decided what I’d like to do now that I am retired from the military. I have a lot of options,” said Allen. “I may go to school to be a licensed practical nurse, work with the Youth Challenge Program or even work at the post office.”

Allen’s time in the military was something he took day by day, he said. Although initially he planned to do only three years, he found pride, discipline and solace in being a Soldier and eventually served 25 years.

“I stayed because I had good (noncommissioned officers),” Allen said. “You have to teach the young guys; be a strong leader. I stayed because I had strong leaders who cared. 

“If you care about those young men coming up, teach them with patience, (and) they will stay as long I did,” Allen added.

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