Eight decades of military service honored at Celebration of Service

| June 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Retirees and their family members gather together after USARPAC’s quarterly Celebration of Service retirement ceremony for a group picture. The four retirees accumulated more than eight decades of total service among themselves. U.S. Army Pacific’s quarterly Celebration of Service ceremony recognizes Soldiers for their distinguished service to USARPAC 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)

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

FORT SHAFTER — On June 22, family, friends and colleagues of four U.S. Army Soldiers came together at historic Palm Circle, here, for a ceremonial expression of appreciation and gratitude for their combined 84 years of federal service to the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army-Pacific and the nation.

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher A. Prater (right) receives his retirement award from Brig. Gen. Doug Anderson, U.S. Army Pacific Deputy Commanding General, Army Reserve, at USARPAC’s Celebration of Service retirement ceremony at historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, June 22, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army Pacific Public Affairs)

“At the U.S. Army-Pacific, we refer to it as a Celebration of Service because that is what we are here to do today,” said USARPAC’s Deputy Commanding General, Army Reserve, Brig. Gen. Doug Anderson, who officiated the ceremony to “celebrate the service of four experienced leaders, ‘One Team Teammates,’ who will transition from active service onto the Army’s retired roster.”

The retirees honored were Maj. William A. Hammac, Cape Canaveral, Florida; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Charles R. Haas Jr., Phoenix, Arizona; Sgt. 1st Class Christopher A. Prater, New Iberia, Louisiana; and Staff Sgt. Carlos LopezCarreon, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Brig. Gen. Doug Anderson, U.S. Army Pacific Deputy Commanding General, Army Reserve, addresses the audience during USARPAC’s Celebration of Service retirement ceremony at historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, June 22, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Silvers, U.S. Army Pacific Public Affairs)

USARPAC’s Celebration of Service ceremony recognizes Soldiers for their distinguished service to USARPAC and the nation as they prepare to transition into new careers. This was the 13th quarterly celebration held to honor service members.

Over the course of the celebration, Anderson 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 our four honorees on achieving this milestone,” Anderson said in closing. “And I’d also like to extend 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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