Putting People First – Retirement, Recognition and Retreat at TACOM

By Adam Sikes, TACOM Public Affairs OfficeJune 6, 2023

Members of TACOM pose after being recognized at the R3 ceremony.
Members of TACOM pose after being recognized at the R3 ceremony. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. — With the American flag waving and the May sun shining down, Col. Scott Bishop, military deputy executive director for the Integrated Logistics Support Center, U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, praised the accomplishments of the assembled crowd. Speaking to the Retirement, Recognition and Retreat ceremony’s honorees, he highlighted the importance of their contributions to TACOM. “It is because of your efforts, your commitment to service and your spirit that our command and team continue to hit peak performance levels. The work we do matters.”

Bishop continued his remarks by stating, that “[The R3 ceremony] reflects the gratitude of both the Army and the Soldiers you’ve supported. Your distinguished work allows TACOM to sustain Army readiness and provide on-time, continuous support to our allies,” said Bishop.

The R3 ceremony, a monthly ceremony based on a long-standing Army tradition, highlights exceptional individuals in TACOM’s workforce. The ceremony is aligned with the Army’s continuous emphasis on people and showcases the important role that TACOM plays in providing Army readiness to Soldiers around the world.

The May R3 ceremony recognized Sgt. 1st Class Tina Blackmon for her military career and service. After extensive service to her country, Blackmon was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and a certificate of retirement. Noting this, Bishop commented that “your decades long career embodies a commitment to your fellow countrymen and was filled with instances that demonstrated that you are the ideal servant leader.” After completing her service, Blackmon will join the ranks of her fellow Soldiers For Life.

During the ceremony, several other TACOM employees were recognized for their work; they included Maxim Alaweih and Gary Vollmer, supervisory logistics management specialists who were awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal for their outstanding support of Army operations. Their meritorious service medals citation stated that they “developed [their] colleagues into an exceptional team … for the future benefit of soldiers.” Joining Alaweih and Vollmer were more than 39 other awardees recognized for their various accomplishments.

Speaking on behalf of Maj. Gen. Darren Werner, TACOM commanding general, Bishop stated that the R3 ceremony is a chance for individuals to be publicly thanked for the work they do to benefit Soldiers around the globe.

“They are individuals who have committed their entire lives and talents to this country,” said Bishop, “It’s only right that we recognize, honor and thank them.”

In talking about the individuals being recognized at the event, Bishop added that “each one shows the empathy, strength and caring that set them apart and contribute to the ongoing success of our Army. I am proud to be part of a winning team that recognizes everyone … and continues to put people first.”