Beard takes final Palm Circle march

| September 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Maj. Gen. William Beard (right), deputy commander, U.S. Army Reserves, USARPAC, and Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander, USARPAC,  render honors to the colors during Beard’s Celebration of Service at historic Palm Circle.

Maj. Gen. William Beard (right), deputy commander, U.S. Army Reserves, USARPAC, and Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander, USARPAC, render honors to the colors during Beard’s Celebration of Service at historic Palm Circle.

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

 
FORT SHAFTER — Maj. Gen. William Beard, deputy commander, Army Reserve, U.S. Army-Pacific, was honored during a “Celebration of Service” ceremony, here, Tuesday.

 
Beard served a combination of 39 years of active duty and reserve time.
Seventeen of USARPAC’s subordinate and theater-enabling commands were represented on the parade field by Soldiers bearing the organizational colors and command teams. The units took to the field in a  “Flying V” formation, named after the shape in which the colors are posted during the ceremony.

 
“To the Soldiers standing on this historic field, you are a part of something larger than yourself,” said Beard. “You are what the Army will become. Remember, you will soon be the leaders shepherding young Soldiers and leading them.”

 
The Soldiers and noncommissioned officers made my job easier and my family made it possible for me to make it through these 39 years of military service, added Beard.

 
“(Beard) began his career as a private more than three decades ago,” said Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander, USARPAC and host of the ceremony. “Over the succeeding three-plus decades, he held multiple demanding positions demonstrating the depth and breadth of his knowledge and the versatility  of his capabilities.”
Beard credited his wife for his success.

 

“There was never a stop where Elaine wasn’t pushing me,” said Beard. “I was not pulling her; she was always pushing me and helping me get everything that I needed. I would like to take the time to thank all the spouses out there today, because I know there’s nothing that I can do without my spouse supporting me and helping me.”

 
Beard was presented with the Distinguished Service Medal, the Retirement Service Award, certificates of appreciation from President Barack Obama and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, a retirement pin and a U.S. flag flown on Palm Circle.

 
The Celebration of Service ceremony recognizes Soldiers and leaders for their distinguished service to USARPAC and their country as they retire.
Brooks said Beard may be retiring from the Army, but he wasn’t yet finished impacting the lives of others.

 

Col. William Florig (front), commander of troops, renders a salute during a retirement ceremony in honor of Maj. Gen. William Beard, deputy commander, USAR, USARPAC, Tuesday.

Col. William Florig (front), commander of troops, renders a salute during a retirement ceremony in honor of Maj. Gen. William Beard, deputy commander, USAR, USARPAC, Tuesday.

“He is seeking to bring the best of Tennessee to the New York Military Academy, where he is now the superintendent,” said Brooks. “There is no question … those who pass through the doors of the New York Military Academy will be better people, because they were guided in their growth by an extraordinary couple.”

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