ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- The U.S. Army's Joint Munitions Command hosted the Quarterly Retirement and Retreat Community Ceremony to honor four individuals' government service, here, July 31.

Brig. Gen. Kristin K. French, JMC commanding general, presided over the ceremony, provided a brief biography of each individual and wished them well as they transition to retirement.

French presented awards and certificates of retirement to Ms. Joyce Paustian, Ms. Barb Toner, Sgt. Maj. Mark Nissen, Master Sgt. William Lunsford, and their Families to recognize more than 124 years of combined service to the Department of Defense.

"One hundred and twenty-four combined years is a truly amazing number and highlights the collective dedication and commitment these Department of Army civilians and Soldiers have provided to our Army," said French. "I want to personally applaud you for your outstanding efforts over the years."

"Retirement and Retreat ceremonies are a part of long-standing military tradition," added French. "They provide military units an opportunity to acknowledge the selfless service and sacrifices of our retirees as they leave long and honorable careers."

Joyce Paustian, who served as a budget analyst in the JMC Resource Management Directorate, began her career on the Rock Island Arsenal in June 1975.

"The Army has given me so many opportunities," she said. "I would have never thought at that time where my career would take me, but I am so honored and humbled to have served this nation for so many years."

French concluded by thanking the retirees for their "valued service" and noted all the retirees had served with honor and distinction and made numerous personal sacrifices during their careers.

The quarterly retirement and retreat ceremony is a joint effort hosted by a major tenant organization on the Rock Island Arsenal. The Joint Munitions Command was the fourth-quarter host.

JMC produces small-, medium- and large-caliber ammunition items for the Department of Defense. JMC is the logistics integrator for life-cycle management of ammunition and provides a global presence of technical support to U.S. combat units wherever they are stationed or deployed.