FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- After 32 years of federal service, Hazel Kelly will retire Dec. 31. She has served 24 years as Fort Jackson's executive services officer. Hazel began working for the Army in Germany as the V Corps Army community services officer and in Washington, D.C., as an alcohol and drug abuse prevention specialist.

As the ESO, she often becomes the face of Fort Jackson for the many community members and retirees who visit and take part in ceremonies.

"She has a very special place in her heart for those of advanced age, and I have watched her countless times make them feel special and welcome through her attentiveness," said Gerald Henderson, deputy chief of staff.

He also said she is very proud of the reputation Fort Jackson has in the community and added that through her work, Kelly has contributed to the positive relationship the installation has with community members.

Asked what she will not miss about working, Hazel said the stress, the commuting and the 5 a.m. alarm clock.

But, she added, "I will always love the Army and what it has done for me. Life is like traveling down a road with stops along the way.

"As I leave Fort Jackson, I am anticipating another stop. What I will miss most are my buddies and the young Soldiers I have worked with over the years."

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