• FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Col. James Larsen (left), along with Lt. Col. Terance Allen and Sgt. 1st Class Joe Garcia, render honors to the nation's flag for the final time while in uniform during U.S. Army North's Retirement Ceremony July 31 inside the headquarters quadrangle.  Lt. Gen. Thomas Turner, the commanding general of Army North, along with Command Sgt. Maj. George Nieves and their fellow Soldiers, gathered together to honor their retiring teammates.

    Final salute.

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Col. James Larsen (left), along with Lt. Col. Terance Allen and Sgt. 1st Class Joe Garcia, render honors to the nation's flag for the final time while in uniform during U.S. Army North's Retirement Ceremony July 31 inside the...

  • FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Lt. Gen. Thomas Turner, the commanding general of U.S. Army North, shakes the hand of Col. James Larsen and enjoys a smile with Larsen and his wife, Abigail, after presenting him with his Certificate of Retirement July 31 inside the headquarters quadrangle.  "Today is a time for 'thank yous' and a time to say farewell," said Turner, to his fellow Soldiers, who gathered together during U.S. Army North's Retirement Ceremony. "I'm thankful and proud to have served in our Army."  During the ceremony, Turner also awarded Larsen the Legion of Merit and presented the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal and a Certificate of Appreciation to Abigail.

    Larsen.

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Lt. Gen. Thomas Turner, the commanding general of U.S. Army North, shakes the hand of Col. James Larsen and enjoys a smile with Larsen and his wife, Abigail, after presenting him with his Certificate of Retirement July 31...

  • FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Lt. Gen. Thomas Turner, the commanding general of U.S. Army North, presents a Meritorious Service Medal to Lt. Col. Terance Allen, as Lena, Allen's wife, watches on July 31 inside the headquarters quadrangle. "Retirement - The word itself seems final, terminal even," said Allen, to those who gathered together during U.S. Army North's Retirement Ceremony. "I thought about it, and retirement just means a new beginning. The last 20 years were a blast. I wouldn't change a thing!" During the ceremony, Turner also presented a Certificate of Retirement to Allen and presented the Commander's Award for Public Service and a Certificate of Appreciation to Lena.

    Allen.

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Lt. Gen. Thomas Turner, the commanding general of U.S. Army North, presents a Meritorious Service Medal to Lt. Col. Terance Allen, as Lena, Allen's wife, watches on July 31 inside the headquarters quadrangle. "Retirement - The...

  • FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Lt. Gen. Thomas Turner, the commanding general of U.S. Army North, presents a Meritorious Service Medal to Sgt. 1st Class Joe Garcia, as Paloma, Allen's wife, and their son watch on July 31 inside the headquarters quadrangle. "As I grew up in the military, I always had two NCOs I could count on," said Garcia, in talking about his father, a retired sergeant first class, and his brother, a retired first sergeant. "I learned about team work - how to build rapport - and how to hold up my end.  Our mission - helping Americans on American soil - It's the best mission I've had."  During the ceremony, Turner also presented a Certificate of Retirement to Garcia and presented the Commander's Award for Public Service and a Certificate of Appreciation to Paloma.

    Allen.

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Lt. Gen. Thomas Turner, the commanding general of U.S. Army North, presents a Meritorious Service Medal to Sgt. 1st Class Joe Garcia, as Paloma, Allen's wife, and their son watch on July 31 inside the headquarters quadrangle...

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