Community service celebrated during Fort Eustis' Retiree Appreciation Day

By Mrs. Monica Millerrodgers (TRADOC)May 20, 2009

Retired Sgt. 1st Class Rufus Pittman (left) and retired Sgt. 1st Class Charles Thompson and his wife, Agnes, play Bingo at the Post Exchange Food Court during the Fort Eustis Retiree Appreciation Day Saturday. Throughout the day, prizes were given out and the Post Exchange and Commissary had special sales. The Eustis Retiree Council hosts Retiree Appreciation Day each year. Established as part of the "Total Army" concept, the council has been established to represent Army community retirees, their families and their interests.
1 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Retired Sgt. 1st Class Rufus Pittman (left) and retired Sgt. 1st Class Charles Thompson and his wife, Agnes, play Bingo at the Post Exchange Food Court during the Fort Eustis Retiree Appreciation Day Saturday. Throughout the day, prizes were given out and the Post Exchange and Commissary had special sales. The Eustis Retiree Council hosts Retiree Appreciation Day each year. Established as part of the "Total Army" concept, the council has been established to represent Army community retirees, their families and their interests. (Photo Credit: Monica Miller Rodgers, Fort Eustis Command Information Officer) VIEW ORIGINAL
Retired Sgt. 1st Class Juan Virella signs up for the Fort Eustis Retiree Council newsletter at the Commissary where an informational table was manned by Dorothy Baker, wife of retired Sgt. 1st Class Princes Baker, for the Fort Eustis Retiree Appreciation Day Saturday. The theme for this year's event was "Service to the Community."  The annual commemoration is hosted by the retiree council. Council membership includes retired officers, warrant officers, noncommissioned officers and widows and widowers of retirees. Retirees and families in need of assistance or information may call or visit the Retirement Services Office, Bldg. 662 on Darcy Place, or call 878-3648 for assistance.
2 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Retired Sgt. 1st Class Juan Virella signs up for the Fort Eustis Retiree Council newsletter at the Commissary where an informational table was manned by Dorothy Baker, wife of retired Sgt. 1st Class Princes Baker, for the Fort Eustis Retiree Appreciation Day Saturday. The theme for this year's event was "Service to the Community." The annual commemoration is hosted by the retiree council. Council membership includes retired officers, warrant officers, noncommissioned officers and widows and widowers of retirees. Retirees and families in need of assistance or information may call or visit the Retirement Services Office, Bldg. 662 on Darcy Place, or call 878-3648 for assistance. (Photo Credit: Mrs. Monica Millerrodgers (TRADOC)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Retired Air Force Maj. Frank Duckett, Military Officers Association of America Virginia Peninsula Chapter legislative chair, speaks with retired Warrant Officer Tom Gentry about MOAA. About 40 organizations, including Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart and the American Association of Retired Persons, had displays in the Post Exchange for the Fort Eustis Retiree Appreciation Day. About 140 retirees came out for the event.
3 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Retired Air Force Maj. Frank Duckett, Military Officers Association of America Virginia Peninsula Chapter legislative chair, speaks with retired Warrant Officer Tom Gentry about MOAA. About 40 organizations, including Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart and the American Association of Retired Persons, had displays in the Post Exchange for the Fort Eustis Retiree Appreciation Day. About 140 retirees came out for the event. (Photo Credit: Ms. Monica K Miller (TRADOC)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Retired Sgt. Maj. Moses Gayle Jr., Fort Eustis Retiree Council co-chair, walks by the Missing Man Table, a new part of this year's event, on his way from explaining the symbolism for the white table cloth as Peg Boarman, FERC survivor spouse advocate, makes her way to the podium to explain the significance of the single red rose. Boarman, according to retired Maj. Edward Rock Jr., FERC chair, is the only survivor spouse advocate on any retiree council in the nation.
4 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Retired Sgt. Maj. Moses Gayle Jr., Fort Eustis Retiree Council co-chair, walks by the Missing Man Table, a new part of this year's event, on his way from explaining the symbolism for the white table cloth as Peg Boarman, FERC survivor spouse advocate, makes her way to the podium to explain the significance of the single red rose. Boarman, according to retired Maj. Edward Rock Jr., FERC chair, is the only survivor spouse advocate on any retiree council in the nation. (Photo Credit: Ms. Monica K Miller (TRADOC)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Pfc. Jared Crane, C Company, 1-222nd Aviation Regiment, points out the paint job of a 1955 Ford F-100, owned by retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Terry Wheeler, to Pvt. Joe Simon, C Co., 1-222nd Avn. Regt., during the Fort Eustis Retiree Appreciation Day Saturday at the Post Exchange. A 1967 Ford GTA Mustang, owned by retired Sgt. 1st Class Larry Sigme, a 1966 Corvette Stingray, owned by retired Maj. Richard Tarr, and a 1926 Buick Model 26-27, owned by Elaine Tarr, were also on display at the Antique Car and Bike Show.
5 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Pfc. Jared Crane, C Company, 1-222nd Aviation Regiment, points out the paint job of a 1955 Ford F-100, owned by retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Terry Wheeler, to Pvt. Joe Simon, C Co., 1-222nd Avn. Regt., during the Fort Eustis Retiree Appreciation Day Saturday at the Post Exchange. A 1967 Ford GTA Mustang, owned by retired Sgt. 1st Class Larry Sigme, a 1966 Corvette Stingray, owned by retired Maj. Richard Tarr, and a 1926 Buick Model 26-27, owned by Elaine Tarr, were also on display at the Antique Car and Bike Show. (Photo Credit: Ms. Monica K Miller (TRADOC)) VIEW ORIGINAL
The Newport News American Legion Post 368 Riders displayed its motorcycles in front of the Post Exchange during the Fort Eustis Retiree Appreciation Day Antique Car and Bike Show Saturday. According to retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Jimmy Jones, the director of the Riders, last year the group logged about 54,000 miles and rode to locations as far away as Phoenix.
6 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The Newport News American Legion Post 368 Riders displayed its motorcycles in front of the Post Exchange during the Fort Eustis Retiree Appreciation Day Antique Car and Bike Show Saturday. According to retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Jimmy Jones, the director of the Riders, last year the group logged about 54,000 miles and rode to locations as far away as Phoenix. (Photo Credit: Ms. Monica K Miller (TRADOC)) VIEW ORIGINAL