REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - A U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command employee retired from civilian service among friends and coworkers Aug. 30.

Laveda Lofton, G-6 employee, retired with 32 years of service during a ceremony at the command's Redstone Arsenal location.

Mickey Beavers, Lofton's friend from college, sang the "National Anthem" and "Forever Friends" in her honor.

Lofton received a Certificate of Appreciation and the Superior Civilian Service Award.