Celebration of Service honors more than 125 years of military service

| October 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Honorees and their families pose for a group picture following the sixth quarterly Celebration of Service ceremony held at historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, October 2. The USARPAC Celebration of Service ceremony brought together family, friends and colleagues of the honorees as they came together for a ceremonial expression of appreciation and gratitude for all the honorees have done for U.S. Army Pacific, for the U.S. Army, and for their nation. (by Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs))

Honorees and their families pose for a group picture following the sixth quarterly Celebration of Service ceremony held at historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, October 2. The USARPAC Celebration of Service ceremony brought together family, friends and colleagues of the honorees as they came together for a ceremonial expression of appreciation and gratitude for all the honorees have done for U.S. Army Pacific, for the U.S. Army, and for their nation. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs))

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. Christopher McCullough
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Family, friends and colleagues of five U.S. Army Soldiers came together at historic Palm Circle, here, Oct. 2, for a ceremonial expression of appreciation and gratitude for their combined 125 years of federal service to the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army-Pacific and the nation.

“At USARPAC, we call it a Celebration of Service because that’s what we’re here to do,” said USARPAC’s Commanding General, Gen. Vincent K. Brooks,” who officiated the ceremony, “and that’s to celebrate the service of five experienced leaders, our ‘One Team’ teammates, who will transition from active duty to the honorable list of retired.”

USARPAC’s Celebration of Service ceremony recognizes Soldiers for their distinguished service to USARPAC and the U.S. as they prepare to transition into new careers. This was the sixth such celebration held with the intent of honoring retiring service members quarterly.

Over the course of the celebration, Brooks spoke to the audience about how the five retiree careers have impacted USARPAC. He also addressed how their devotion made the Army better, and personally thanked each of the honorees for the sacrifices they and their families have made.

“Congratulations to all the honorees on achieving this milestone called military retirement,” Brooks said, in closing. “Thanks to your families, and to the supporting cast of these stars, for sharing them with us, and with our nation, for these many decades, and for being their strength. May God bless each of you in the next chapters of your story, and know that you always have a home in this ohana.”

Honorees

The five retirees honored follow:

  • Sgt. 1st Class Michael W. Angel Sr. of Trenton, Michigan
  • Sgt. Maj. Leslie E. Frye II of Newport Beach, California
  • Maj. Junjie J. Inocencio of Aiea, Hawaii
  • Maj. Wendell G. Richards Jr. of Shelbyville, Indiana
  • Chief Warrant Officer 4 Solomon A. Moody of Honolulu, Hawaii

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