By Mr. Russell K Dodson (USARPAC)May 13, 2011
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- A retirement ceremony for Brig. Gen. John E. Seward, deputy commander for United States Army Pacific, was held May 13 at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commander of 8th Theater Sustainment Command was the presiding officer during the ceremony.
The ceremony gave Terry an opportunity to pay tribute to the Seward family and thank them for their contributions and sacrifices. "We also bid farewell to John on the occasion of his retirement from uniformed military service, a culmination of 30 years of loyal, honorable, committed, and selfless service," said Terry.
"Think of all the experiences, all the teams, all the challenges, all the uniforms, the events and lessons, and the sacrifice and service rendered over a three decade career, which began in Alaska in 1981," said Terry.
Terry said Seward's career was a testament to his success as an Army officer. "One of John's favorite quotations sums up the secret to his many successes: Andrew Jackson once said, "Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not nly as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and is conscious that he gains protection while he gives it," said Terry. "John distinguished himself through his honor and integrity."
'Your presence will be missed throughout the Pacific Region. Rest assured, you truly did 'make a difference' - one Soldier at a time. We bid you God Speed and a healthy and happy retirement," said Terry.
Seward took the time to thank his wife of 29 years and his daughters for their support.
"At times like these, I like to thank God for the opportunity to be a Soldier. There is no greater profession and I've been at this profession for 30 years," said Seward.
"By placing the Army's needs above their own is what makes our Soldiers the best in the world," said Seward.
The 25th Infantry Division Home Front Brass honored Seward by playing the division song of each infantry unit for who he has served: the 82nd Airborne Division, 101st Airborne Division and the 25th Infantry Division songs.
The band also played "Aloha OE" and "The Service Medley" in honor of Seward's pride in having a family member who has served in all branches of the United States military.
Some of Seward's decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Joint Service Commendation Medal.
Seward's replacement as deputy commander of USARPAC has not been announced.