RICHMOND, Va. - With more than 32 years of service to his country, Brig. Gen. Thomas P. Evans, deputy commanding general for the 80th Training Command, hung up his military hat at his retirement ceremony at the Defense Supply Center in Richmond, Virginia, Feb. 11, 2017.

Born in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Evans was commissioned in 1983 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting. He received his Master of Business Administration in management from Golden Gate University, San Francisco and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

Before his last assignment at the 80th TC, Evans was the deputy director of Force Protection and Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction. Previously, he commanded the 102nd Training Division (Maneuver Support), a nation-wide command, which trained officers in Intermediate Level Education and Chemical, Engineer, and Military Police Soldiers. He was also dual-hatted as the deputy commanding general for mobilization and training for the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

During his more than three decades of service, Evans has commanded units and served on staffs at every echelon up to division, with duty in Korea, Iraq and across the United States. On his civilian side, Evans is a supervisory examiner for the National Credit Union Administration.

Many soldiers and civilians who have worked with Evans in previous units attended the ceremony. They shared memories and hugs with Evans before they said their last goodbyes. His family said that this was a sad and also exciting time for him, as he ventures into a new chapter in his life. One of the soldiers who attended the ceremony said that it was emotional for some people.

"Some attendees were feeling a little emotional. I saw a few tears," said Master Sgt. Stacey Everett, of the 80th TC Headquarters and Headquarters Company. "He was a really great leader and mentor."