25th ID honors retirees, families

| March 18, 2011 | 0 Comments
Col. Richard Kim (left), commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, congratulates Chief Warrant Officer 4 William Gurley, Headquarters, 25th CAB, 25th ID, for his years of service to the Army, during the 25th ID quarterly retirement ceremony at the Nehelani. (Sgt. Nathan Akridge | 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Col. Richard Kim (left), commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, congratulates Chief Warrant Officer 4 William Gurley, Headquarters, 25th CAB, 25th ID, for his years of service to the Army, during the 25th ID quarterly retirement ceremony at the Nehelani. (Sgt. Nathan Akridge | 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

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

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 25th Infantry Division’s newest retirees were honored during a retirement ceremony at the Nehelani, here, March 3.

The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, “Broncos,” 25th ID, hosted the quarterly retirement ceremony where Col. Richard Kim, commander, 3rd BCT, was the guest speaker.

“As an Army, all too often we neglect to stop and take stock, to recognize what has been accomplished, to celebrate achievements,” Kim said. “Today is our opportunity to celebrate these Soldiers, their service and their achievements.

“I want to take this opportunity to recognize the spouses and families of these warrant and noncommissioned officers,” Kim said. “We, ourselves, serve in order to make a better world a possibility, to make it more secure and more prosperous. It is our family members who help turn that possibility into a reality.”

Family members were recognized as an integral part of the Army community.

“My wife has been my rock during my time in the military,” said Sgt. Joseph Caron, schools NCO, Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 3rd BCT. “She was always there for me, through the good times and bad. I can’t thank her enough.”

Although all retirees are closing the military chapter of their lives, many will continue into a new chapter.

“My wife and I are heading to Las Vegas to start our new life,” Caron said, “but I will never forget my time in the Army. It was truly an honor to be in this ceremony with all the other NCOs and warrant officers. There were many (combined) years in the Army between all of us, so I felt proud to be onstage with them.”

See more photos at www.flickr.com/photos/25th_infantry _division/sets/.

25th ID retirees

•Master Sgt. Peni Cabanting, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion (Rear)

•Sgt. Joseph Caron, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd BCT

•Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jeffrey Cologna, 3rd Bn., 25th Combat Aviation Brigade

•Chief Warrant Officer 3 Christopher Duvall, HHBN

•Staff Sgt. Michael Fezer, Co. C, 3rd Bn., 25th CAB

•Sgt. 1st Class Michael Forsythe, HHBN (Rear)

•Chief Warrant Officer 4 William Gurley, Headquarters, 25th CAB

•Sgt. 1st Class Fonoti Matautia, HHBN (Rear)

•Sgt. 1st Class Leroy McFadden, HHC, 2nd Bn., 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd BCT

•Sgt. 1st Class John Pennington, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Bn., 14th Cavalry Regt., 2nd BCT

 

 

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