FORT KNOX, Ky. (Aug. 6, 2010) - Sergeants First Class Edward L. Hood and Michael S. Jordan of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) were two of thirteen Soldiers to officially retire during the United States Army Human Resource Center of Excellence and Fort Knox Retirement Ceremony at the Fort Knox Leaders Club Friday, July 30.

The ceremony marked the end of successful careers for both senior noncommissioned officers as they move on to new endeavors in their lives.

Hosted by Col. Arthur D. Glikin, the base realignment and closure liaison officer for the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, the ceremony honored those who had sacrificed much throughout their years of service.

"The retirement ceremony was well worth my time serve in the Army," said Hood, an operations NCO during his time with the 3d ESC and Bayboro, N.C., native. "It was nice to enter the military in a traditional way and also retire with a traditional ceremony."
Hood, a Soldier of 29 years, said he looks forward to his upcoming retirement. He considers himself to be an independent individual and is excited to once again be able to make important decisions regarding his life.

Of Hood's 29 years of military service, 8 were spent as a reservist, which he says prepared him for life after the Army. He feels that those years spent as a citizen-Soldier have helped him develop the skills necessary to succeed in the civilian world.

"I look forward to starting a business later throughout my retirement, but right now I just to spend time with my wife because I've been away from home a lot in the last 7 years," said Hood.

During the ceremony, Hood was presented the Meritorious Service Medal For his meritorious service from November 1, 2000 to October 31, 2010.

Jordan, also an operations NCO with the 3d ESC, retired after 20 years of active-duty service. He said now that he's officially hung up his boots, he looks forward to traveling around the world.

"I spent a lot of time in Germany throughout my career and while there, became very fond of the country," said Jordan, a native of Thomasville, Ga. "So now that I'm retired, I plan to make a few more trips there to visit people I befriended over the years."
Jordan credited much of his success throughout his career to the Soldiers he worked with along the way. Even upon retirement, he considers today's Army to be the best fighting force in the world. And as a result, he said he would not change anything he has done over the years.

Jordan said that he doesn't know when or if he will return to the workforce, but looks forward to moving back to his native state of Georgia.

"The closer my final day gets, the more excited I get to move back home with family and friends," said Jordan. "The Army has been good to me, and for that I'm forever grateful."


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