Civilian employees celebrate combined 100-plus years of service

| January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Norman Wong (left) and retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. William Fortner (right) are each presented with Civilian Time-in-Service Awards by Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons, commander, 8th TSC, for 58 and 45 years of service to the United States, respectively, during a ceremony at the Hale Ikena, Jan. 16.

Retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Norman Wong (above) and retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. William Fortner are each presented with Civilian Time-in-Service Awards by Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons, commander, 8th TSC, for 58 and 45 years of service to the United States, respectively, during a ceremony at the Hale Ikena, Jan. 16.

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Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — The 8th Theater Sustainment Command recognized two Department of the Army civil service employees, here, for their combined 103 years of service with the military.

Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Wiliiam Fortner and retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Norman Wong of 8th TSC’s Support Operations Munitions Branch were each honored with the 50 year civilian time in service award in a ceremony at the Hale Ikena, Jan. 16.

Fortner, who currently serves as the Army representative for the demilitarization of munitions for the Pacific theater, retired after 30 years of active duty service. He enlisted in Princeton, Ind., in 1956 with a group of his friends.

“I love to travel and meet new, interesting people,” Fortner said. “I’ve had some good assignments, and the pay was right. It was a good solid job.”

Wong, an Oahu native, is currently the supervisor of inventory management. He enlisted in the Air Force after high school in 1962 right into the Vietnam War.

“You spend your entire adult life doing something. It just seems right to give back to the military that has given so much to me and my family,” Wong said.

Both men were deeply honored and humbled by the award, adding that they love their country and will continue working for it for as long as they are able to.

Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons, commander, 8th TSC, presented the awards and joked that the two couldn’t let one outdo the other. Lyons said that each man’s resume was very impressive and that the work they accomplished during their time with the 8th TSC was a testament to their dedication to the unit, the military and the country.

“It was an honor to pause and honor both of these men,” Lyons said. “You have both served your nation with extraordinary distinction, and we’re proud to have you both on the team.”

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