ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- A retirement ceremony for five Soldiers and four Department of the Army civilians stationed at Rock Island Arsenal was held in Heritage Hall, here, Dec. 8.

Melanie Johnson, deputy to the commander, Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command and Joint Munitions Command, presided over the ceremony.

"Their collective knowledge and leadership have made an enormous difference and impact to our Army - not only to the accomplishment of the mission, but also to the people they have mentored, coached, trained, led and supported during their careers," said Johnson.

Johnson also thanked the family members for supporting the retirees throughout their careers.

The U.S. Army Sustainment Command hosted the event and provided the color guard.

Capt. Paul Speering, deputy surgeon, ASC, retired with more than 30 years of military service. Speering said he is looking forward to starting a new career and going on family camping trips. A native of Hephzibah, Georgia, Speering enlisted in the Army in July 1986. He was commissioned into the Ohio Army National Guard in 2002, and he returned to active duty in 2005 as an environmental science officer in the Army Medical Service Corps. He deployed three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Clifton Mills III, information services technician, G-6 (Information Management), ASC, retired with more than 29 years of combined service. A native of Canterbury, New Hampshire, Mills enlisted in the New Hampshire Army National Guard in 1987. In early 1995, he transitioned to the regular Army where he worked as a power generation equipment repairer. His deployments include Operation Southern Watch in Saudi Arabia, Operation Northern Watch in Turkey, Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He also supported exercises Key Resolve and Ulchi Freedom Guardian in Korea.

Master Sgt. James Sennet, operations sergeant, G-3 (Operations), ASC, retired after more than 21 years of military service. He said he is looking forward to completing his master's degree in cyber security, getting his personal trainer certification, fishing, and spending time with his family. A native of Houston, Texas, Sennet enlisted in the Army in 1996. His deployments include one in support of Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo, one in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq, and two in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Master Sgt. Lorena Hammond, Distribution Management Center, ASC, retired after 23 years of service. She said she is looking forward to spending time with her family, finding a job, and continuing her education. A native of Sao Miguel, Portugal, Hammond enlisted in the Army in 1993. Hammond's deployments include Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq and Operation Sea Signal/Joint Task Force 160 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Master Sgt. Stacey Everett, retention noncommissioned officer, ASC, retired after 23 years of service. She said she is looking forward to spending time with her family and traveling. A native of Lennon, Michigan, Everett enlisted in the Army in 1994. Her deployments include tours to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

Nancy Taylor, financial management analyst, ASC, retired after more than 29 years of civilian service. A native of Aledo, Illinois, Taylor began her federal government career in 1987 as a GS-2 clerk-typist. She said she plans to volunteer and travel.

James Zahniser, managerial accountant for Foreign Military Sales, G-8 (Resources), ASC, retired after more than 34 years of civilian service. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Zahniser said he plans on traveling and doing volunteer work.

Eugene Fildes, sustainment operations directorate, Joint Munitions Command, retired after more than 33 years of civilian service. A native of Clay City, Illinois, Fildes said he is most looking forward to moving to the Southwest.

Jack Hernandez, plans analyst, G-3 (Operations), ASC, retired after more than 45 years of civilian service. He said he is most looking forward to cultivating his family's interests. Hernandez deployed eight times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Hernandez volunteers in the community to assist the elderly and he sponsors youth boxing events as a member of the Davenport Boxing Club.

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