REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Lt. Gen. James H. Pillsbury, deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command retired after 38 years of service to the Army in a formal ceremony here, May 6.

Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, AMC's Commanding General, presided over the ceremony among friends, family and colleagues.

"This is one of those bitter-sweet ceremonies," said Dunwoody. "I'm honored and humbled to be a part of [it]."

"From the very first day as an infantry officer he was an impact player and a dynamic leader," Dunwoody said. "Whether on the ground or in the air, Jim has done just about every job a Soldier or a leader could be asked to do."

Pillsbury also successfully led the reset mission of millions of pieces of equipment, weapons and materiel during his service at AMC.

"I'll give you two words why we're so successful: Jim Pillsbury," Dunwoody proclaimed.

"The things that people remember most about Jim you can't read in his file. What everyone will remember about Jim is his strong faith in God and his love for his wonderful family," Dunwoody said. "And those of us that served in uniform will also remember his passion for the welfare of our Soldiers."

"Thank you Jim Pillsbury for 38 years of incredible service, dedication and commitment," Dunwoody said.

Soldiers remained Pillsbury's focus as he addressed the audience First he reflected on a 'crusty old' non-commissioned officer that taught him safety, discipline and balance.

"Our NCOs are the reason we have the best Army ever," Pillsbury said.

Pillsbury also recognized his family; in particular his wife, Becky, for her support though 37 years of marriage and 19 relocations.

Accompanied by awes from the crowd Pillsbury surprised Becky with a diamond bracelet.

And with his granddaughter in his arms, the Godfather of Lifecycle Management departed.