Monday, February 25, 2013

20 Years

On a very cold day the US Army retired 17 Soldiers.
Mine was one of them.

The program read like this:

Seargeant First Class Stephen D. B. entered the service on 18 June 1993.  He served overseas tours in Korea, Germany, Iraq, and numerous stateside assignments.  SFC B retires after 20 years of service.  His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal, 3rd Award; Army Commendation Medal, 4th Award; and the Army Achievement Medal, 4th Award.  At the time of his retirement, SFC B served as Signal Intelligence Supervisor, 15th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, Hawaii, with duty at Fort Hood, Texas.  SFC B is being recognized for his exceptional meritorious service from 18 June 1993 to 1 July 2013.

(the Meritorious Service Medal awarded at retirement is his 4th MSM)

Here are a few photos.  I wish you could see the cold!

Talking about how this is all going to go down.

SB receiving Retirement Certificate and Meritorious Service Medal

General, SB, HB, Command Sgt Major

CSM said: You knew it'd be a "cold day" when he retired.  I laughed heartily.

Standing here, freezing, in a semi circle with all the retirees and escorts singing the Army Song!

4 Alvin Boys: SB, JC, BK, BL

7 Alvin Kids!