• Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, Training and Doctrine Command deputy commanding general, pins the Distinguished Service Medal on Maj. Gen. James L. Hodge, former Combined Arms Support Command commanding general, during his retirement ceremony June 26 at the 1st Logistical Command War Memorial on Fort Lee, Va. Hodge received the honor, with his wife Michelle at his side, in recognition of his 34 years of service to the nation.

    A lifetime of service

    Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, Training and Doctrine Command deputy commanding general, pins the Distinguished Service Medal on Maj. Gen. James L. Hodge, former Combined Arms Support Command commanding general, during his retirement ceremony June 26 at...

  • Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command deputy commanding general, shares personal reflections about Maj. Gen. James L. Hodge, former Combined Arms Support Command commanding general, June 26. Halverson spoke about Hodge's dedication to duty and family during his remarks at the retirement ceremony.

    Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, U.S. Army Training...

    Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command deputy commanding general, shares personal reflections about Maj. Gen. James L. Hodge, former Combined Arms Support Command commanding general, June 26. Halverson spoke about Hodge's...

  • With his wife Michelle at his side, Maj. Gen. James L. Hodge, former Combined Arms Support Command commanding general, receives his Certificate of Retirement from Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command deputy commanding general.

    With his wife Michelle at his side, Maj. Gen...

    With his wife Michelle at his side, Maj. Gen. James L. Hodge, former Combined Arms Support Command commanding general, receives his Certificate of Retirement from Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command deputy commanding...

  • Maj. Gen. James L. Hodge, former Combined Arms Support Command commanding general, addresses an audience of friends, family and community during his retirement ceremony at the 1st Logistical Command War Memorial June 26.

    Maj. Gen. James L. Hodge, former Combined Arms...

    Maj. Gen. James L. Hodge, former Combined Arms Support Command commanding general, addresses an audience of friends, family and community during his retirement ceremony at the 1st Logistical Command War Memorial June 26.

  • As his mother, Levina Hodge, looks on, Michelle Hodge opens a gift from her husband, Maj. Gen. James L. Hodge, former Combined Arms Support Command commanding general, June 26. During his retirement ceremony, he presented her, and other family members, with tokens of his affection in appreciation for their love and many years of support.

    As his mother, Levina Hodge, looks on, Michelle...

    As his mother, Levina Hodge, looks on, Michelle Hodge opens a gift from her husband, Maj. Gen. James L. Hodge, former Combined Arms Support Command commanding general, June 26. During his retirement ceremony, he presented her, and other family members...

FORT LEE, Va. -- Under a bright blue Virginia sky, Maj. Gen. James L. Hodge bid farewell to the Army after serving 34 years on active duty. Hundreds gathered at the 1st Logistical Command War Memorial June 26 to celebrate the career of the former Combined Arms Support Command commanding general.

Presiding over the ceremony was Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command deputy commanding general, who not only praised Hodge's time in the service but also shared his admiration for the general's family.

"The Hodges are an amazing Army story," Halverson said, as he explained how they met and the journey they, and their children, have taken together. He also spoke of their commitment to family and how that contributes to the resiliency of the military.

"He has distinguished himself in each and every assignment…But it's not about accomplishments. It's about the people and experiences we have along the way," Halverson said, before he presented Hodge with his Certificate of Retirement.

After receiving many awards, Hodge spoke briefly about his career but rather than focus on himself, his remarks highlighted the family and friends who have meant so much to him and his wife.

"It's nearly impossible to count the blessings we've received over the past 34 years…Michelle and I have had a wonderful Army career. It seems like I can only remember all the good things that happened along the way. I've always loved the jobs, but I've loved the people more and I'm extremely grateful for all the friendship, mentoring and encouragement along the way."

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