Over two centuries of military service honored at Celebration of Service

| December 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
Col. Mary E. Abrams (right) receives her retirement award from Brig. Gen. Bryan Suntheimer, U.S. Army Pacific Deputy Commanding General Ð Army National Guard, at USARPACÕs Celebration of Service retirement ceremony at historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, Dec. 13, 2016. U.S. Army Pacific's quarterly Celebration of Service ceremony recognizes Soldiers for their distinguished service to USARPAC and the United States as they prepare to transition into new careers. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army Pacific Public Affairs)

Col. Mary E. Abrams (right) receives her retirement award from Brig. Gen. Bryan Suntheimer, U.S. Army Pacific Deputy Commanding General Ð Army National Guard, at USARPACÕs Celebration of Service retirement ceremony at historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, Dec. 13, 2016. U.S. Army Pacific’s quarterly Celebration of Service ceremony recognizes Soldiers for their distinguished service to USARPAC and the United States as they prepare to transition into new careers. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army Pacific Public Affairs)

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

FORT SHAFTER — On Dec. 13, family, friends and colleagues of eight U.S. Army Soldiers came together at historic Palm Circle, here, for a ceremonial expression of appreciation and gratitude for their combined 204 years of federal service to the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army-Pacific and our nation.

“At the U.S. Army-Pacific, we refer to today’s ceremony as a ‘Celebration of Service’ because that is exactly what we are here for today,” said USARPAC’s Deputy Commanding General, Army National Guard, Brig. Gen. Bryan Suntheimer, who officiated the ceremony to celebrate the service of eight exceptional leaders who will transition out of active military service to the Army’s distinguished retired roster.

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 celeration was the eighth one held with the intent of honoring retiring service members quarterly.

Over the course of the celebration, Suntheimer spoke to the audience about how these noteworthy Soldiers’ careers have impacted USARPAC. He addressed how the members’ devotion made the Army better, and personally thanked each of the honorees for the sacrifices they and their families have made.

“I’ll close this memorable day by saying congratulations, again, to all of the honorees, on achieving this milestone of military retirement,” Suntheimer said. “And a very special thanks to the families and supporting casts of these stars for sharing them with us for these many decades and for being their strength and support.”

 

Retirees

Col. Mary E. Abrams, Syracuse, N.Y.

Sgt. 1st Class Trinity James Caver, Akron, Ohio

Col. Thomas E. Hanson, Leavenworth, Kan.

Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Hicks, El Paso, Texas

Sgt. Maj. Peter D. Howell, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Maj. Brandon Johnson, Dallas, Texas

Col. Phillip A. Mead, Marshalltown, Iowa

Capt. Timothy W. Warner, Memphis, Tenn.

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