FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- It started out like any other workday at the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) headquarters, with routine staff meetings for senior leaders, Feb. 21.
In a last-minute meeting, colleagues gathered in the office of Charles F. Sardo, INSCOM's chief of staff, for an announcement that Mayor Byron W. Brown, City of Buffalo, New York, issued a proclamation designating Feb. 24, 2020 as "Colonel Charles F. Sardo Day."
Sardo, a retired Army colonel, proudly born and raised in Buffalo, and scheduled to retire as a Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service member in March, was surprised with the news.
"I am truly honored. This is amazing, especially when you have no idea that it's taking place," Sardo said. "I thank everyone involved, including INSCOM's staff and the City of Buffalo."
The proclamation acknowledged Sardo, as a proud son of the City of Buffalo, for his retirement following more than 40 years of military and federal service to the U.S. Army.
"After so many years of honorable and faithful service to his country, his efforts are certainly appreciated. And this service provided by Colonel Sardo reflects a strong commitment to the principal of freedom and democracy and the belief that they must be upheld at any cost," read the mayor's proclamation. "We are gathered today to thank Colonel Charles F. Sardo for his many years of great service to the residents of the City of Buffalo, the State of New York, the United States and throughout the world to extend our very best wishes in his upcoming retirement."