FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Fort Rucker honors local retirees Oct. 29 with a variety of special events taking place across the installation.

The 36th annual Retiree Appreciation Day includes the quarterly Fort Rucker retirement ceremony, Command Group Retiree Social and Dinner at The Landing and the Lyster Army Health Clinic Retiree Health Fair.

"This is a chance for us to show retirees how much we appreciate them and the service they gave to this country," said Martha Frausto, Lyster Army Health Clinic public affairs officer.

The Health Fair is the kick-off event for Retiree Appreciation Day, running from 8 a.m. to noon at The Landing. Retirees can complete blood pressure, cholesterol and cancer screenings and attend educational classes focused on the health of mature adults.

Area hospitals, Army Community Services and the Judge Advocate General will have booths set up during the event in order to give retirees important information, Frausto said. They will be able to find out about care available to them through the hospitals and even how to draft a will through JAG.

"It's a great opportunity for (retirees) to get health care information," Frausto said. "We'll also have certain vaccinations available for them and their Family members."
Retirees with a primary care manager prescription can receive a pneumonia vaccine during the event and, if available, influenza vaccines will be given.

Chris Moore, Retirement Services officer, said the event covers a lot of pertinent information for new and older retirees.

"It's a good idea for them to come back each year because you never know what kind of good information you might pick up," he said. "Because we have a constant influx of new retirees, there's a lot of information they might have heard in past years, but if they come out they may pick up a little nugget of information they didn't have before or find out about a program they didn't know about."

The quarterly retirement ceremony is at 3 p.m. in the U.S. Army Aviation Museum and the Command Group Retiree Social and Dinner will immediately follow the ceremony at The Landing with guest speaker retired Air Force Lt. Col. Shane Ostrom, Deputy Director, Benefits Information Department, Military Officers Association of America, who will be giving a legislative update.

"The group retiree social is a good way for the retirees to see old friends they might not have seen for a while and to make some new friends, too," Moore said. "It also gives them a chance to meet with some current active-duty Soldiers and see how they're doing and share their experiences with them."

For more information about Retiree Appreciation Day, call 255-9124.