Over 150 years of military service honored at Celebration of Service

| January 20, 2017 | 2 Comments
The 8th Theater Sustainment Command hosts a Celebration of Service for seven retirees and their families Jan. 12 at the Hale Ikena on Fort Shafter. (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

The 8th Theater Sustainment Command hosts a Celebration of Service for seven retirees and their families Jan. 12 at the Hale Ikena on Fort Shafter. (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Sgt. Jon Heinrich
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Army forces are essential for defending the homeland and conducting operations all around the world.

With a combined total of more than 156 years of selfless service to our nation and the commands and Soldiers they served within, seven leaders from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command were recognized for their dedication during a Celebration of Service retirement ceremony at the Hale Ikena, here, Jan. 12.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kali Pettigrew, a chief engineer with 545th Transportation Company, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, is honored for his service to the Army along with his family during a Celebration of Service Jan. 12 at the Hale Ikena on Fort Shafter, Hawaii. (Photos by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kali Pettigrew, a chief engineer with 545th Transportation Company, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, is honored for his service to the Army along with his family during a Celebration of Service Jan. 12 at the Hale Ikena on Fort Shafter, Hawaii. (Photos by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

“The Soldiers before you have stood the test of time, always dedicated to the welfare of our Army families, the readiness and morale of our Soldiers and the safety of our communities,” said Maj. Gen. Susan Davidson, the 8th TSC commanding general. “They have given again and again, always prioritizing the welfare of their Soldiers and the accomplishment of the mission.”

The 8th TSC’s Celebration of Service is a ceremonial expression of appreciation and gratitude for their distinguished service to the U.S. Army and the nation as they prepare to transition into new careers.

“There’s no question that our nation and our Army have changed since these Soldiers first raised their hand and swore their service more than 20 years ago, but one thing that has always remained constant and true is their commitment to the profession of arms that they all represent so impeccably,” Davidson added.

Each of the retirees received a Meritorious Service Medal, a U.S. Flag, a Presidential Citation, a Retired Army Pin and a Retiree Certificate. Their families received a Certificate of Appreciation, flowers and lei.

Maj. David Kelley, the deputy inspector general for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, is honored for his service to the Army along with his family during a Celebration of Service Jan. 12 at the Hale Ikena on Fort Shafter. (Photos by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Maj. David Kelley, the deputy inspector general for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, is honored for his service to the Army along with his family during a Celebration of Service Jan. 12 at the Hale Ikena on Fort Shafter. (Photos by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

“No matter what your plans are after you take off the uniform, I want you to know that you are a Soldier for life, and you and your families will always be a part of the Army family,” Davidson said. “You can always be proud of your service and being a Soldier.”

 

Honorees

  • Staff Sgt. James Hedberg, reconnaissance sergeant, 95th Engineer Company, 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade.
  • Maj. David Kelley, deputy inspector general, Headquarters and Headquarters Co.
  • Sgt. 1st Class Mark Matthews, transportation supervisor, HHC, 8th Military Police Bde.
  • Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kali Pettigrew, chief engineer, 545th Transportation Co., 8th Special Troops Battalion;
  • Maj. Robert Prochnow Jr., G1 plans and operations officer, HHC;
  • Capt. Joseph Reid Jr., geospatial cell officer in charge, HHC, 130th Eng. Bde.
  • Sgt. 1st Class Mathelda Warren, senior food operations management noncommissioned officer, HHC, 130th Eng. Bde.

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  1. Dan Chavez3 says:

    Hi, my name Dan Chavez, Iwas station with the 95th engr.co. ,29th engr.batt. This was1967 to 1968 on Ford Island. Hq. and Hq.comp. was housed in a hanger on Ford Island. We had cubicles in the hanger. We would take fairies boat ride everyday to work in a tunnel which housed our S2 offices. I am in treatment for PTSD, and I was diagnosed borderline dementia. I would like to know if this is true, I hope you can help me.

    • haw says:

      Hello, Dan — You will need to contact the Tropic Lightning Museum at (808) 655-0438. No one in our office was here in Hawaii at that time. All of our previous records are maintained at the museum. Or, you can search for this information on the web. Best of luck!

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