Tropic Lightning hosts retirement ceremony

| December 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
Photos by Pfc. Holli Cook, 25 SB Public Affairs Retirees of the 25th Infantry Division display their retirement flags in their during a 25th ID retirement ceremony at the Nehelani Club Dec. 8.

Photos by Pfc. Holli Cook, 25 SB Public Affairs
Retirees of the 25th Infantry Division display their retirement flags in their during a retirement ceremony at the Nehelani Club, Dec. 8.

Sgt. Erin Sherwood
25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 25th Sustainment Brigade hosted a Tropic Lightning retirement ceremony at the Nehelani, here, Monday, to honor seven 25th Infantry Division retirees for their many years of service in the U.S Army.

The day was a memorable one for the Soldiers and their families. Each retiree was called individually to the stage and presented with an award signed by President Barack Obama, thanking them for their many years of devoted service.

“I ask the retiring Soldiers to humor me for a moment and think back to their first day in the Army,” said Col. Gavin Lawrence, commander, 25th Sust. Bde. “Think back to basic training, duty assignments, leadership courses and deployments throughout your career. How many people have you met that actually reached this day? You have, and that is no small feat.”

The seven retirees, all serving more than 20 years, had a total of 163 combined years of active service.

“Through each of your journeys, I have no doubt there have been long days, long nights, in the most austere environments and conditions. You have endured all of this and more for your country and fellow Soldiers. It is a great sentiment to your sense of duty and your strong character,” Lawrence said.

Lawrence expressed his sincere gratitude for the retirees’ service, noting their many years of distinguished service are a great source of pride.

“I wish you and your families the best as you commence the newest chapter in your lives,” he said.

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