By Sgt. Jon HeinrichApril 13, 2017
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - With a combined total of more than 348 years of selfless service to our nation and the commands and Soldiers they served with, 14 leaders from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command were recognized for their dedication during a Celebration of Service retirement ceremony April 13 at the Hale Ikena.
Honored during the ceremony were Col. Otto F.W. Boneta, command surgeon for 8th TSC; Lt. Col. Sean Picciano, G4 and material readiness branch chief for 8th TSC; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Daniel Villarreal, command chief warrant officer for 8th TSC; Command Sgt. Maj. Lauro F. Obeada, command sergeant major for 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th TSC; Sgt. Maj. Daniel W. Harr, operations sergeant major for 130th En. Bde.; 1st Sgt. Harold A. Hensel Jr., first sergeant for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 130th En. Bde.; 1st Sgt. Katrina M. Kyne, first sergeant for 561st Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th En. Bde.
Master Sgt. James W. Blackmon, the operations noncommissioned officer in charge for 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th TSC; Master Sgt. Candice R. LeBlanc, contracting operations NCO for 413th Contracting Support Brigade; Master Sgt. Calvin McCrary, senior culinary management NCO for 8th TSC; Sgt. 1st Class Ray K. Andrade, counter improvised explosive device instructor for 8th STB; Sgt. 1st Class Marc A. Denniston, current operations NCO with 8th TSC; Sgt. 1st Class Anthony A. Rodriguez, S6 NCOIC for 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th TSC; Staff Sgt. Matthew P. Holliday, operations NCO for 14th Engineer Detachment, 130th En. Bde.
"It goes without saying, but I will say it anyway, that our retirees and their families made a tremendous impact on the Army and our country during their combined 348 years of loyal service," said Col. Dennis H. Levesque, the 8th TSC chief of staff.
"The 8th TSC's Celebration of Service is a ceremonial expression of appreciation and gratitude for their distinguished service to the U.S. Army and the nation as they prepare to transition into new careers," Levesque said.
Each of the retirees received either a Legion of Merit or a Meritorious Service Medal, a U.S. Flag, a Presidential Citation, a Retired Army Pin and a Retiree Certificate. Their families received a Certificate of Appreciation, flowers and leis.
"The Soldiers before you have stood the test of time, always dedicated to the welfare of our Army Families, the readiness and morale of our Soldiers, and the safety of our communities," Levesque said. "They have given again and again, always prioritizing the welfare of their Soldiers and the accomplishment of the mission."