FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - U.S. Army Pacific Soldiers, Family and friends came together at historic Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, Hawaii to honor eight Soldiers during a Celebration of Service ceremony, March 7, 2017.

Brig. Gen. Peter Andrysiak, USARPAC chief of staff, was the host of the ceremony, and thanked the Soldiers for their service, which encompassed a combined total of 180 years of military service.

"Today we celebrate the service of eight USARPAC leaders that together have a combined 180 years of service to our nation and 25 combat deployments," said Andrysiak. "It's my distinct honor to be a part of this ceremony; thank you for your dedicated service to our Army and our Nation."

Andrysiak said that the skills the Soldiers gained during their service would not be lost, but will go on to benefit society as they transition to another phase in life.

The USARPAC retirees honored were: Lt. Col. Ryon Adams, Lt. Col. Shane Dentinger, Lt. Col. George Gilbert Jr., Lt. Col. Laura Nugent, Maj. Auvie Lee, Master Sgt. Larry Gregory Jr., Sergeant 1st Class Larry May Jr., and Sergeant 1st Class Jared McMahon.

Andrysiak highlighted the careers of the eight Soldiers over the course of the ceremony, noting their distinguished accomplishments, deployments, and their future ambitions.

"Each of the eight Soldiers sitting here today made that decision to stay and commit to something greater then themselves, even during a period of sustained combat and great personal risk," said Andrysiak. "They served our nation with honor and integrity in order to secure our freedom and protect the American way of life; thank you for your service."

USARPAC's Celebration of Service ceremony recognizes Soldiers for exceptional service to U.S. Army Pacific and the nation as they get ready to transition into new careers. During the ceremony, Soldiers receive awards, and are presented with the U.S. Flag in honor of their service to the nation.