ANSBACH, Germany -- The 12th Combat Aviation Brigade held a retirement ceremony for Chief Warrant Officer 5 Mike Sherman after 41 total years of service on Katterbach Army Airfield here, Jun. 14, at the Von Steuben building. Sherman's 41 years in the Army include five combat deployments, four years as an enlisted 11E Armor Crewman, two years as a UH-1h Huey pilot, and 35 years as a CH-47 Chinook pilot.

Sherman concluded his forty-one years of exemplary service as the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) Command Chief Warrant Officer. The Command Chief Warrant Officer of the Brigade advises the commander on Warrant Officer manning, assignments, professional development, and serves as the senior mentor for all warrant officers.

Germany has served as home for Sherman on many occasions throughout his career. He was born near Stuttgart in 1958 and then later served in the 1st Bde., 3rd Bn., 33rd Armor Regiment, in Kirsch-Goens.

"In 1976, I stood at the Fulda Gap looking out at the Soviet Union," said Sherman. "And last year during Anakonda 16, I was working side by side with our Polish NATO Allies."

Col. Christopher Waters, Commander of the 12th CAB, presided over the retirement ceremony and spoke admirably of Sherman's unconventional career. Sherman participated in the personnel exchange program with Australia from 1999-2002.

"Mike is the quintessential Soldier and warrant officer. He is a master technician and highly tuned expert," said Col. Christopher Waters, Commander of the 12th CAB. "Our entire Army owes you a massive debt of gratitude."

Waters concluded the ceremony by quoting 2 Timothy 4:7 saying that Sherman had indeed "fought the good fight."