More than 130 years of military service honored at celebration of service

| July 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

 

Honorees and their families pose for a group picture following the ninth quarterly Celebration of Service ceremony held at historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, July 15. 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, the U.S. Army, and their nation. Pictured left to right, in their Army Service Uniform, are Sgt. 1st Class Derek L. Bannamon, and his fiancé, Diane Pham, of Atlanta, Georgia; Lt. Col. Dhania J. Hunt, and her family, of Houston, Texas; Col. Bruce D. Jenkins, and his family; Col. Lawrence H. Madkins III, and his wife, Teresa Madkins; and Lt. Col. Scott A. Peachey, and his family, of Pennsylvania. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army Pacific Public Affairs)

Honorees and their families pose for a group picture following the ninth quarterly Celebration of Service ceremony held at historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, July 15. 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, the U.S. Army, and their nation. Pictured left to right, in their Army Service Uniform, are Sgt. 1st Class Derek L. Bannamon, and his fiancé, Diane Pham, of Atlanta, Georgia; Lt. Col. Dhania J. Hunt, and her family, of Houston, Texas; Col. Bruce D. Jenkins, and his family; Col. Lawrence H. Madkins III, and his wife, Teresa Madkins; and Lt. Col. Scott A. Peachey, and his family, of Pennsylvania.

 

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

 

FORT SHAFTER — Family, friends and colleagues of five Soldiers came together at historic Palm Circle, here, for a ceremonial expression of appreciation and gratitude for their combined 132 years of federal service to the Army, the U.S. Army Pacific and the nation.

“At USARPAC, we refer to it a ‘celebration of service,’ because that’s what we’re here to do – to celebrate the service of five experienced leaders – our ‘One Team’ teammates who will transition from active duty to the Army retired roster,” Maj. Gen. Mark J. O’Neil, chief of staff, USARPAC said.

USARPAC’s celebration of service ceremony recognizes Soldiers for their distinguished service to the command and to the Army 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, O’Neil spoke to the audience about how Bannamon, Hunt, Jenkins, Madkins, Peachey and 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,” O’Neil said in closing. “A very special thanks to the families of these stars for sharing them with us for these many decades for these many decades, and for being their strength and support. May God bless each of you in the next chapters of your life, and know that you always have a home in this ohana in USARPAC.”

 

5 Soldiers x 130 Years = Soldiers for Life

The five USARPAC Soldiers who were honored (listed below) are now Soldiers for Life.

Sgt. 1st Class Derek L. Bannamon, of Atlanta, Georgia

Lt. Col. Dhania J. Hunt, of Houston, Texas

Col. Bruce D. Jenkins

Col. Lawrence H. Madkins III

Lt. Col. Scott A. Peachey, of Pennsylvania

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