Fort Drum community honors retiring Soldiers
Col. Roger S. Fiedler, U.S. Army Dental Activity commander, right, congratulates Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald D. Andrews, Fort Drum Garrison, on his retirement after 30 years of active-duty service during a ceremony March 26.

FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Fort Drum community members honored 17 Soldiers with more than 367 years of military service during a retirement ceremony March 26 at the Multipurpose Auditorium.

Congratulating them on their retirement and thanking them for their years of service was Col. Roger S. Fiedler, U.S. Army Dental Activity commander.

Fiedler talked about the Soldiers' commitment to defending America and the sacrifices they endured.

"It is truly an honor to be with you here on such a significant day," he said. "It is a celebration of these Soldiers and their combined (367) years of service to their country and the United States Army. It is a celebration of life dedicated to service and professionalism. More than that, it is a celebration of success.

"As you look at these honorees who have served with distinction, we are reminded of the legacy left by each one of them," Fiedler continued. "Just as rising water leaves a permanent impression on anything it touches, you have left a lasting impression on all who you have contacted in the Army."

The DENTAC commander also thanked the Families for their support and wished America's newest civilians good luck in their futures.

"Retirement is indeed a significant event for both the honorees and their Families," Fiedler said. "We acknowledge and thank the many Families for their sacrifices and support.

"To each and every Family Member, we realize times were not always easy for you and that sacrifices were not made by just Soldiers," he added. "We recognize that you sacrificed part of your lives for the good of the nation as well."

The following retiring Soldier received the Legion of Merit:

* Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald D. Andrews, Fort Drum Garrison, retires with more than 30 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Belgium, Japan, Germany and Korea and during Operation Just Cause. Andrews will retire in Raleigh, N.C.

The following retiring Soldiers each received the Meritorious Service Medal:

* Chief Warrant Officer 4 A.W. "Bill" Castle IV, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Korea, Honduras, Germany, Hungary and Bosnia and during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Castle will retire in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

* Chief Warrant Officer 4 Deren L. Cook, 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, retires with more than 24 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Korea and Bosnia and during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Cook will retire in Black River Falls, Wis.

* Sgt. Maj. Joel M. Barry, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 10th Mountain Division (LI), retires with more than 29 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany, Hawaii and Korea and during Operations Desert Shield / Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. Barry will retire in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

* Master Sgt. Leonard J. Fallis Jr., Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 21 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Italy, Hawaii, Bosnia, Kosovo and Egypt and during Operations Desert Shield / Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. Fallis will retire in Syracuse.

* Master Sgt. Herman McCuller, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany and Korea and during Operations Desert Storm / Desert Shield. McCuller will retire in Douglasville, Ga.

* Master Sgt. John H. Robertson, 511th Military Police Company, 91st MP Battalion, retires with more than 24 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Korea, Honduras, Puerto Rico and Qatar and during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Robertson will retire in Watertown.

* Master Sgt. Anthony E. Tatum, HHC, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Korea and Germany. Tatum will retire in Ellerslie, Ga.

* Sgt. 1st Class Robert P. Bradshaw, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 10th Mountain Division (LI), retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Korea and during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Bradshaw will retire in Elizabethton, Tenn.

* Sgt. 1st Class Rena Davis, 91st MP Battalion, retires with more than 23 years of active-duty service. She served overseas in Germany, Korea, Italy and Turkey and during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Davis will retire in Bowie, Md.

* Sgt. 1st Class Jay E. Gilbert, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany and Honduras and during Operations Joint Endeavor, Joint Guard, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Gilbert will retire in Killeen, Texas.

* Sgt. 1st Class Thomas G. Hecker Jr., 10th Sustainment Brigade, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Korea and during Operations Desert Shield / Desert Storm, Stabilization Force and Iraqi Freedom. Hecker will retire in Dixon, Mo.

* Sgt. 1st Class John M. Rebelo, 277th Aviation Support Battalion, retires with more than 21 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Korea, Germany, Hawaii, Kosovo and during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Rebelo will retire in Watertown.

* Sgt. 1st Class Christopher T. Sanson, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Korea and Hawaii and during Operations Uphold Democracy, Stabilization of Forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Sanson will retire in Watertown.

* Staff Sgt. Scottie J. Elliot, 3rd Battalion, 85th Infantry Regiment, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Hawaii, Germany and Korea and during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Elliot will retire in Abilene, Texas.

The following retiring Soldiers each received the Army Commendation Medal:

* Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael J. Richardson, 2nd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, retires with more than 15 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany and during Operations Desert Fox, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Richardson will retire in Redwood.

* Sgt. William S. Gordon Sr., 10th Brigade Support Battalion, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas during Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm. Gordon will retire in Watertown.

Each retiree also received an Army retirement pin, a U.S. flag and a letter of appreciation from the commanding general.

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