Representing nearly 300 years of combined federal service and 39 deployments, 13 members of the Army Sustainment Command were recognized at ASC's quarterly Award, Retirement and Retreat Ceremony held in Rock Island Arsenal's Heritage Hall March 28.

In all, 11 Soldiers and one Department of the Army civilian were honored upon their retirements, and another DA civilian received a significant award.

Retiring were:

• Lavelle Claiborne, Department of the Army civilian
• Maj. Christopher Robertson
• Chief Warrant Officer 4 Allen Shuler Jr.
• Sgt. 1st Class Ervin Baker
• Sgt. 1st Class Odell Edmonds II
• Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Farrand
• Sgt. 1st Class Mary Flame-Parker
• Sgt. 1st Class Scott Greer Sr.
• Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Moore
• Sgt. 1st Class Kimberly Taylor
• Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Wilmont
• Staff Sgt. Jesus Herrera

Additionally, Department of the Army civilian John Hixon received the Superior Civilian Service Award for his "exceptional service as a Detailed Inspector General for the US Army Sustainment Command from January 2012 through March 2013."

Brig. Gen. Duane Gamble, ASC deputy commanding general, presided over the ceremony and provided a brief biography of each individual, after which he said, "So there you have it, the story of these patriots; individuals who are contributing members of the greatest team in the world, our United States Army, a team that relies on people like these we are about to reward and retire, to do the difficult, dangerous work of defending our nation and advancing the cause of freedom.

"But, really, what I told you isn't the full story," he continued. "I just skimmed the surface. There is so much we could say about each of these people, maybe small things that we don't even know about, small things that they did for others, and which all added up to some very large and significant actions that moved the Army."

The invocation was presented by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Robert Land, ASC command chaplain. The Commander of Troops was Sgt. Maj. Robert Bell, ASC G3 Operations Deployment Sergeant Major and serving as narrator was Col. Regina Draper, ASC deputy chief of staff for Force Protection. Soldiers from ASC comprised the color guard.

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