FORT LEE, Va. -- Under a bright blue Virginia sky, Maj. Gen. James L. Hodge bid farewell to the Army after serving 34 years on active duty. Hundreds gathered at the 1st Logistical Command War Memorial June 26 to celebrate the career of the former Combined Arms Support Command commanding general.

Presiding over the ceremony was Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command deputy commanding general, who not only praised Hodge's time in the service but also shared his admiration for the general's family.

"The Hodges are an amazing Army story," Halverson said, as he explained how they met and the journey they, and their children, have taken together. He also spoke of their commitment to family and how that contributes to the resiliency of the military.

"He has distinguished himself in each and every assignment…But it's not about accomplishments. It's about the people and experiences we have along the way," Halverson said, before he presented Hodge with his Certificate of Retirement.

After receiving many awards, Hodge spoke briefly about his career but rather than focus on himself, his remarks highlighted the family and friends who have meant so much to him and his wife.

"It's nearly impossible to count the blessings we've received over the past 34 years…Michelle and I have had a wonderful Army career. It seems like I can only remember all the good things that happened along the way. I've always loved the jobs, but I've loved the people more and I'm extremely grateful for all the friendship, mentoring and encouragement along the way."