Retirees honored for years of service

| June 16, 2012 | 0 Comments
Seventeen Soldiers receive their official retirement awards at a ceremony held June 6 at the Nehalani, Schofield Barracks. (Sgt. 1st Class Joe Battle and Sgt. Mahlet Tesfaye | 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Seventeen Soldiers receive their official retirement awards at a ceremony held June 6 at the Nehalani, Schofield Barracks. (Sgt. 1st Class Joe Battle and Sgt. Mahlet Tesfaye | 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

25th Infantry Division
Public Affairs Office

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — With 396 years of combined military service to the U.S. Army, 17 Soldiers marched across the stage at the Nehelani, here, to receive their official retirement awards, June 6.

Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, hosted the ceremony.

“On this historic day, allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy. These retirees and the long gray line of those who have gone before us remind us of the great sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform and their sacred loved ones,” said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Scott Hammond, 25th ID.

“Your commitment and dedication have been an inspiration for those who will follow in your footsteps, and for all Americans who join me today in saluting you for a job extremely well done,” said President Barrack Obama in the Presidential Certificate of Appreciation each of the retirees received.

In addition to their awards, retirees received a retirement pin, a lei and a U.S. flag presented by the HHBN command team of Lt. Col. T.J. Johnson and Command Sgt. Maj. Roderick Taylor. Spouses received a certificate of appreciation signed by Gen. Raymond Odinerno, Army chief of staff.

Retirees

25th Infantry Division
Sgt. 1st Class Inez Renee Baker, HHBN, 26 years
Sgt. 1st Class Leslie Cook, 3rd BCT, 21 years
Sgt. 1st Class James Corley, HHBN, 22 years
Col. Bryan Dion, 3rd BCT, 29 years
Master Sgt. Luis Espinoza, 3rd BCT, 29 years
Sgt. 1st Class Ty Gage, 2nd BCT, 24 years
Master Sgt. Jeffrey Geck, 2nd BCT, 23 years
Sgt. Maj. Santiago Hernandez, 3rd BCT, 23 years
Staff Sgt. Reginal Morales, 25th CAB, 24 years
Sgt. 1st Class Larry Moreno Jr., 2nd BCT, 20 years
Staff Sgt. Jessilyn Perez, 25th CAB, 22 years
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason Smisen, HHBN, 20 years
Sgt. 1st Class Aubrey Smith, 3rd BCT, 21 years
Staff Sgt. William Wynn, 2nd BCT, 22 years

Criminal Investigation Division
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Eugene Quinn, 19th MP Bn., 6th MP Group, 21 years

Tripler Army Medical Center
Maj. Donna Smawley, Medical Co., Schofield Barracks Health Clinic, 21 years

U.S. Army-Pacific
Master Sgt. Veronica Valentine, 28 years

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