Precila Jackson, left, William Dwyer, behind the register and Sam Somerville, Commissary store director, assist customers during the 2021 Commissary’s sidewalk sale held in honor of retirees during Retiree Appreciation Day.
Precila Jackson, left, William Dwyer, behind the register and Sam Somerville, Commissary store director, assist customers during the 2021 Commissary’s sidewalk sale held in honor of retirees during Retiree Appreciation Day. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Stinson) VIEW ORIGINAL

The Garrison, in collaboration with Fox Army Health Center, will hold their 51st Soldier for Life-Retiree Appreciation Day benefits update/health fair Oct. 20-21 at Heiser Hall, building 3712, and the Community Activity Center, building 3711.

The annual event is coordinated by the Redstone Soldier for Life Retirement Services Office of the Directorate of Human Resources and the Redstone Military Retiree Council.

RAD is open to all retired, transitioning active duty military, annuitants and their family members.

The schedule includes: Oct. 20 – Legal Services, ID Section Services, and Army Military Pay Office Services. Oct. 21 – Activities from 8 a.m. until noon.

“Our goal is to ensure our military retirees, active transitioning military and their families receive updates on changes affecting their retirement rights, benefits and privileges,” Garrison Retirement Services Officer Betty Anderson said. “We appreciate our military retirees.”

Retired Lt. Col. Russell Brownfield and retired Command Sgt. Maj. Donnell Pelt serve as co-chairs on the Military Retiree Council. In their roles as co-chairs, Anderson said Brownfield and Pelt have an important role in planning the RAD.

Brownfield and Pelt said they don’t take this responsibility lightly because their role allows input on improving the quality of life for retirees who use the installation.

“Retiree Appreciation Day is held to ensure military retirees and their family members are updated on changes affecting their retirement rights and benefits, and it fosters good will between the retired and active-duty communities,” Brownfield said. “This will be an event where military retirees and their family members can voice their opinions and gain benefits information.”

“Although the council works to resolve problems at the local level, we also forward those issues that cannot be resolved locally to the chief of staff of the Army, MRC to consider if the issue has Armywide implications,” Pelt said. “This allows Army leader’s insight into retirees’ needs and concerns and provides retirees with a channel of communication with the active Army.”

The Retirement Services Office is located at Honest John Road, building 3594. For more information call Anderson at 842-2719 or email betty.d.anderson.civ@army.mil.