Retirees honored at Celebration of Service

| October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Gen. Brooks presenting framed certificate to SFC.

Sgt. 1st Class Foster K. Folger (center) is presented a certificate of retirement from Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander, USARPAC, at the Celebration of Service ceremony.

Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson
Army News Service

FORT SHAFTER — All good things must come to an end.

The service of three Soldiers was celebrated, here, at a ceremony on Palm Circle, Oct. 10.

The U.S. Army-Pacific recognized Col. Kevan F. Jacobson, Col. Richard J. Kramer and Sgt. 1st Class Foster K. Folger for their distinguished service to USARPAC and the country, as they prepare to transition into new careers.

“It’s been a fulfilling career,” said Kramer, a logistician for USARPAC. “This is all part of transition though. I’ve known that I was going to retire since the day I started, so you

plan it and then you execute it, and it’s seamless. You know if I had to do it all over again, I would. I have no regrets joining.”

“This is a bittersweet end for me, but I’m ready to move on,” said Folger, an explosive ordinance disposal technician. “My Army career was very fulfilling. I’ve achieved all of my goals, met my beautiful wife and made a wonderful family. Now, I’m ready to move on to phase two of my life. However, if I had to do it all over again, I would do another 20 years.”

Before the honorees individually received their retirement awards, Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander, USARPAC and the Celebration of Service host, took a moment to collectively address the transitioning trio.

Col. Richard J. Kramer (center) receives a retirement pin from Gen. Vincent K. Brooks , commander, USARPAC, Friday.

Col. Richard J. Kramer (center) receives a retirement pin from Gen. Vincent K. Brooks , commander, USARPAC, Friday.

“I just want to thank each of the honorees for all of the services rendered, sacrifices made, challenges endured by each family, and all of the impacts made on the lives of Soldiers, families and many others throughout these 82 years of service,” said Brooks. “You made us a better Army, and no doubt a better USARPAC. Your presence will be felt for years to come. It lives on in the behavior and legacy of every person that you have touched.”

Brooks said that all who encountered the three during their careers had been positively affected.

“It is an honor to bring forth Soldiers on historic Palm Circle, where Soldiers have been brought forth in front of the colors, front and centered, for more than 103 years on this very same field,” said Brooks. “It is a great privilege to recognize Soldiers out of our formation, so we can pause and reflect on their contributions and sacrifices.”

Brooks stated that every Soldier had a story to tell and that the three Soldiers before him were leaving a legacy for the rest of USARPAC to remember.

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