USARPAC celebrates warriors’ dedication to nation

| October 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Soldiers and their Family take a group photo after a Celebration of Service ceremony Sept. 29 at Palm Circle on Fort Shafter. USARPAC’s Celebration of Service ceremony recognizes Soldiers for their distinguished service to U.S. Army Pacific and the nation as they prepare to transition into new careers. The Soldiers honored during the ceremony were Col. Robert W. Curran, Col. Stuart J. McRae, and Staff Sgt. Eric Lewis. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Silvers, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. Justin Silvers
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Sept. 29, family, friends and colleagues of three U.S. Army Soldiers came together at historic Palm Circle, here, to honor their Soldiers for their distinguished service spanning nearly eight decades.

“This ceremony is all about saying thank you,” said U.S. Army-Pacific’s chief of staff, Brig. Gen. Ron Clark, who officiated the ceremony. “Thank you for your combined 79 years of dedicated service to our Army and our nation. Thank you for securing our freedoms and our way of life.”

USARPAC’s Celebration of Service ceremony recognizes Soldiers for their distinguished service to U.S. Army-Pacific and the nation as they prepare to transition into new careers.

Brig. Gen. Ron Clark ((left center), USARPAC Chief of Staff, presents the American Flag to Col. Robert W. Curran during a Celebration of Service ceremony Sept. 29 at Palm Circle on Fort Shafter. USARPAC’s Celebration of Service ceremony recognizes Soldiers for their distinguished service to U.S. Army Pacific and the nation as they prepare to transition into new careers. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Silvers, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

During the celebration, Clark spoke to the audience about the Soldiers’ careers, how they have impacted the Army, the mentorship they provided throughout their service, and the legacy they will leave behind.

“There are Soldiers in our ranks that think of you as the leader who paved the way for them, the leader of character that showed them what right looks like,” said Clark. “The Soldiers you led, trained and mentored will continue to carry the heavy rucksack of freedom for our nation both today and tomorrow. They are your legacy.”

Retirees
The following personnel retired Sept. 29:
•Col. Robert W. Curran,
•Staff Sgt. Eric Lewis, and
•Col. Stuart J. McRae.

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