USARPAC celebrates service of retiring Soldiers

| December 15, 2018 | 0 Comments
Soldiers, family and friends gather together during USARPAC's Celebration of Service ceremony, Nov. 12, 2018 at historic Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, Hawaii. The ceremony recognizes Soldiers for exceptional service to U.S. Army Pacific and the nation as they prepare to transition into new careers. (Courtesy photo)

Soldiers, family and friends gather together during USARPAC’s Celebration of Service ceremony, Nov. 12, 2018 at historic Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, Hawaii. The ceremony recognizes Soldiers for exceptional service to U.S. Army Pacific and the nation as they prepare to transition into new careers. (Courtesy photo)

U.S. Army Pacific
News Release

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — U.S. Army Pacific hosted a Celebration of Service ceremony, Nov. 12, 2018, at historic Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Soldiers, family, and friends gathered together to pay tribute to the USARPAC Soldiers as they prepare to retire from active duty.

Sgt. 1st Class Justin Lee Roberts receives the Meritorious Service Medal from Brig. Gen. Jon Howerton, assistant chief of staff, G3/5/7, for U.S. Army Pacific during a Celebration of Service ceremony Nov. 12 at historic Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, Hawaii. USARPAC's Celebration of Service ceremony recognizes Soldiers for exceptional service to U.S. Army Pacific and the nation as prepare to transition into new careers. (Courtesy photo)

Sgt. 1st Class Justin Lee Roberts receives the Meritorious Service Medal from Brig. Gen. Jon Howerton, assistant chief of staff, G3/5/7, for U.S. Army Pacific during a Celebration of Service ceremony Nov. 12 at historic Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, Hawaii. (Courtesy photo)

Brig. Gen. Jon Howerton, assistant chief of staff G-3/5/7, for USARPAC, officiated the ceremony, and said it was a great privilege to thank the retiring Soldiers, and celebrate the Soldiers combined 115 years of service to the nation.

“Today we’re here to pay tribute to four warriors who are transitioning out of active military service to the Army’s distinguished retired roster,” said Howerton. “I consider it one of my highest honors to thank and quite literally celebrate the service of these exceptional leaders.”

Sgt. 1st Class Corey Ray receives the American Flag from Brig. Gen. Jon Howerton, assistant chief of staff, G3/5/7 for U.S. Army Pacific, during a Celebration of Service ceremony Nov. 12 at historic Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, Hawaii. USARPAC's Celebration of Service ceremony recognizes Soldiers for exceptional service to U.S. Army Pacific and the nation as they prepare to transition into new careers. (Courtesy photo)

Sgt. 1st Class Corey Ray receives the American Flag from Brig. Gen. Jon Howerton, assistant chief of staff, G3/5/7 for U.S. Army Pacific, during a Celebration of Service ceremony Nov. 12 at historic Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, Hawaii. USARPAC’s Celebration of Service ceremony recognizes Soldiers for exceptional service to U.S. Army Pacific and the nation as they prepare to transition into new careers. (Courtesy photo)

The USARPAC retirees honored were: Lt. Col. Efrain de la Cruz, Sr., Maj. Stephen Kitchens, Sgt. 1stClass Corey Ray, and Sgt. 1stClass Justin Lee Roberts.

Howerton spoke briefly about each Soldier’s career and their accomplishments, thanking the Soldiers for their commitment, as well as the family members for their support and for sharing their loved ones through the decades.

“As we look to the future we do so with great optimism because of the legacy each of you leave behind,” said Howerton. “As you transition, leave knowing that you have left the Army in a much better place than you found it. It is in great hands, hands that you helped shaped, and it stands ready to do whatever is required on behalf of our nation.”

USARPAC’s Celebration of Service ceremony recognizes Soldiers for exceptional service to U.S. Army Pacific and the nation as they prepare to transition into new careers. During the ceremony, Soldiersreceive awards, certificates of retirement, and are presented with the U.S. Flag in honor of their service to the nation.

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