Over 260 years of service honored at Shafter

| March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
FORT SHAFTER — On March 16, 2017, family, friends, and colleagues of 11 U.S. Army Soldiers came together at historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, for a ceremonial expression of appreciation and gratitude for their combined 261 years of federal service to the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army Pacific, and the nation. The retirees and their family members gathered together after the U.S. Army Pacific's quarterly Celebration of Service retirement ceremony for a group picture. The 11 retirees accumulated more than two-and-a-half centuries of total service among themselves. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army Pacific Public Affairs)

On March 16, family, friends, and colleagues of 11 U.S. Army Soldiers came together at historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, for a ceremonial expression of appreciation and gratitude for their combined 261 years of federal service to the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army-Pacific, and the nation. The retirees and their family members gathered together after the U.S. Army Pacific’s quarterly Celebration of Service retirement ceremony for a group picture. The 11 retirees accumulated more than two-and-a-half centuries of total service among themselves. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

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Staff Sgt. Christopher McCullough
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — On March 16, family, friends and colleagues of 11 U.S. Army Soldiers came together at historic Palm Circle, here, for a ceremonial expression of appreciation and gratitude for their combined 261 years of federal service to the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army-Pacific and the nation.

FORT SHAFTER — U.S. Army Pacific Deputy Chief of Staff (DCS) of Operations, Plans, & Exercises (G-3/5/7), Brig. Gen. Jeffrey L. Milhorn, addresses the audience during USARPAC's Celebration of Service retirement ceremony at historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, March 16, 2017. The quarterly Celebration of Service ceremony recognizes Soldiers for their distinguished service to the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army Pacific, and the nation as they prepare to transition into new careers. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army Pacific Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Pacific Deputy Chief of Staff (DCS) of Operations, Plans, & Exercises (G-3/5/7), Brig. Gen. Jeffrey L. Milhorn, addresses the audience during USARPAC’s Celebration of Service retirement ceremony at historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, March 16. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

“At U.S. Army-Pacific, we refer to it as a Celebration of Service, because celebrate is what we are here to do today,” said USARPAC’s deputy chief of staff (DCS) of Operations, Plans, & Exercises (G-3/5/7), Brig. Gen. Jeffrey L. Milhorn,” who officiated the ceremony. “Celebrate the service of 11 experienced and dedicated leaders, ‘One Teammates,’ who will transition from active service onto the Army’s retired roster.”

FORT SHAFTER — U.S. Army Pacific Deputy Chief of Staff, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey L. Milhorn (left), presents Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin M. Jacobs his retirement flag during a Celebration of Service retirement ceremony at historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, March 16. The quarterly Celebration of Service ceremony recognizes Soldiers for their distinguished service to the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army Pacific, and the nation as they prepare to transition into new careers. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army Pacific Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Pacific Deputy Chief of Staff, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey L. Milhorn (left), presents Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin M. Jacobs his retirement flag during a Celebration of Service retirement ceremony at historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, March 16. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

USARPAC’s Celebration of Service ceremony recognizes Soldiers for their distinguished service to U.S. Army, the U.S. Army Pacific and the nation as they prepare to transition into new careers. This was the 12th such celebration held with the intent of honoring retiring service members quarterly.

Over the course of the celebration, Milhorn spoke to the audience about how these noteworthy Soldiers’ 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, again, to all of the honorees on achieving this milestone,” Milhorn said in closing. “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.”

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