Back in the Saddle: NCOs Come Out of Retirement to Serve Again
April 12, 2010
- Two Army Reserve NCOs come out of retirement to serve again
- Sergeants not yet done serving
SEATTLE, Wash. - Two noncommissioned officers of the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command here have decided that when it comes to serving, 20-plus years just aren't enough.
Sgts. 1st Class Gordon R. Zimmerman and Michael J. Logan, movement sergeants with the 364th ESC, have both reenlisted in the Army Reserve after completing more than 20 years service - and retiring.
"I retired Feb. 1, 2006, after a 22-year, 5-month and 27-day career," Zimmerman said.
"I came back early last year, because the Army is my other family," he added.
The two veteran sergeants have known each other for years, and have served in the same unit before. Logan said he had reasons similar to Zimmerman's for pulling his combat boots out of the closet.
"I was in the military for 23 years," Logan, who retired in 2007, said. "After six months, I missed the people, and I missed my uniform."
Logan said another reason he came out of retirement was the opportunity to keep doing his part for the country.
"The military was a big part of my life," he said, "and I still wanted to feel like I was making a difference."
<i>Pvt. Christopher A. Bigelow is a photojournalist assigned to the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Seattle, Wash.</i>