8th TSC honors retirees during Celebration of Service

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The 8th Theater Sustainment Command celebrated the service of 4 sustainers during Celebration of Service retirement ceremony February 9 at Fort Shafter’s historic Palm Circle. The Soldiers honored, retired after serving a total of 105 years of service to our nation. Honored during the ceremony were Sgt. Maj. Ernest Whitesides, support operations sergeant major for the 8th TSC; Master Sgt. Jimmy Floyd, support operations contracting operations sergeant for the 8th TSC; Master Sgt. Hector Ortiz Del Valle, interim directorate sergeant major and financial management manager for the 175th Financial Management Support Center; and Staff Sgt. Frank Wooten, senior financial management analyst for the 175th Financial Management Support Center. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. John Portela)

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. John Portela
8th Theater Sustainment Command

FORT SHAFTER — The 8th Theater Sustainment Command celebrated the careers of four sustainers during a celebration of service ceremony, here, at historic Palm Circle, Feb. 9.

The Soldiers honored were retiring after having served a total of 105 years in the U.S. Army and in assignments around the world.

Hosting the ceremony was Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, commanding general of the 8th TSC, who thanked the retirees for their selfless service, with some having 30 years or more.

The 8th Theater Sustainment Command celebrated the service of 4 sustainers during Celebration of Service retirement ceremony Feb. 9 at Fort Shafter’s historic Palm Circle. The Soldiers honored, retired after serving a total of 105 years of service to our nation. Honored during the ceremony were Sgt. Maj. Ernest Whitesides, support operations sergeant major for the 8th TSC; Master Sgt. Jimmy Floyd, support operations contracting operations sergeant for the 8th TSC; Master Sgt. Hector Ortiz Del Valle, interim directorate sergeant major and financial management manager for the 175th Financial Management Support Center; and Staff Sgt. Frank Wooten, senior financial management analyst for the 175th Financial Management Support Center. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. John Portela)

“Everyone here today joined our ranks when we were still the ‘Be All You Can Be’ Army, and answered their nation’s call during, or just after the Gulf War,” said Davidson. “They have led Soldiers across a wide range of specialties within our profession of arms over their careers – first sergeants, instructors, military pay sergeants, recruiters and senior level supply sergeants. The list of contributions and specialties goes on with each individual with a lifetime of stories to share.”

In her closing, Davidson noted the impact each retiree had on the 8th TSC and the Army throughout their years of service.

“Your devotion has made us a better Army, and your dedication has made us a better TSC,” she said. “Your contribution will be felt for years to come, through the Soldiers you have mentored.

“What you have done and the impact you have made on the lives of others throughout your years of service is not taken for granted.”

Retirees
The following were honored during the ceremony:
• Master Sgt. Hector Ortiz Del Valle, interim directorate sergeant major and financial management manager, 175th Financial Management Support Center;
• Master Sgt. Jimmy Floyd, support operations contracting operations sergeant for the 8th TSC;
• Sgt. Maj. Ernest Whitesides, support operations sergeant major for the 8th TSC; and
• Staff Sgt. Frank Wooten, senior financial management analyst, 175th FMSC.

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