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Fort Drum community recognizes, bids adieu to retiring Soldiers


Lt. Col. Erick W. Sweet II, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade rear detachment commander, presents a Meritorious Service Medal to Sgt. 1st Class David N. Krause during a retirement ceremony Friday.  Photo by Melody Everly.
 
 
Lt. Col. Erick W. Sweet II, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade rear detachment commander, presents a Meritorious Service Medal to Sgt. 1st Class David N. Krause during a retirement ceremony Friday.  Photo by Melody Everly.
 
 

Jennifer Caprioli

Staff Writer

Family, friends and community members recognized the military service of 14 Soldiers during a retirement ceremony Friday at the Multipurpose Auditorium. The Soldiers have dedicated more than 336 years of service to the armed forces.

Honorees, as well as their spouses and Family Members, received awards for serving their country, which was followed by remarks from Lt. Col. Erick W. Sweet II, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade rear detachment commander.

“One of the things I always love about retirement ceremonies is hearing the combined total service in years of the retirees,” Sweet explained to Soldiers and attendees. “It’s always the same staggering number that shows just how amazing the contributions of these Soldiers really are.”

“Your combined 336 years has seen the globe quite literally,” he said, noting various locations the retirees had served in throughout the world.

During his speech, Sweet also asked two favors of the retirees.

First, he asked the “modest and humble heroes” to share their Army experiences, and to talk about the places they traveled to, the things they had accomplished, those they helped and those they served alongside.

“(Sharing stories is) the only way your heroic deeds can be known to your Family, your friends and the American public. Because you may not deem those experiences as heroic, I can guarantee your fellow Americans may beg to differ. They deserve to know what a hero you are,” he said.

The second favor he asked of the retirees was to find a way to thank the people in their lives who have supported them throughout their career.

“The second hardest job in the entire world is that of a Soldier; the most difficult job in the world is being someone who loves a Soldier,” he explained to Soldiers and attendees.

Upon closing, he reminded Soldiers tell their stories and to take time to thank those who have supported them along the “long road” of their journey to retirement.

“Above all, no words can thank you for your selfless service to our nation,” he said, describing them as “Soldiers at heart forevermore.”

 

The following retiring Soldiers each received the Meritorious Service Medal:

* Chief Warrant Officer 4 David T. Gillespie, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, retires with more than 21 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Alaska, Germany and Egypt and during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Gillespie will retire in Everett, Wash.

* Chief Warrant Officer 4 Johnnie L. Upshur, 210th Brigade Support Battalion, retires with more than 22 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Korea and during Operations Desert Shield / Storm and Iraqi Freedom. Upshur will retire in Syracuse.

* Master Sgt. Dino J. Cosio, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 25 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany and during Operations Desert Shield / Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, and with Implementation Force and Stabilization Force while in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Cosio will retire in Cache, Okla.

* Master Sgt. Daryl V. Rice, 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany and Saudi Arabia and during Operations Desert Shield / Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Rice will retire in Holt, Mich.

* Master Sgt. Kenneth A. Smith Jr., Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, retires with more than 21 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany and Korea and during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Smith will retire in Fortson, Ga.

* Sgt. 1st Class Percy L. Brothers Jr., 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, retires with more than 22 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany, Egypt and Korea and during Operations Just Cause and Iraqi Freedom. Brothers will retire in Fayetteville, N.C.

* Sgt. 1st Class James A. Corenevsky, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany, Korea and Panama and combat duty during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and in Kosovo. Corenevsky will retire in Watertown.

* Sgt. 1st Class David N. Krause, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 91st Military Police Battalion, retires with more than 21 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany and Korea and during Operation Enduring Freedom. Krause will retire in Carthage.

* Sgt. 1st Class Vincent Poole, 10th Sustainment Brigade Troops Battalion, retires with more than 26 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany, Egypt and Korea and during Operations Desert Shield / Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Poole will retire in Tulsa, Okla.

* Sgt. 1st Class Eric T. Weber, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, retires with more than 21 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Korea and during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Weber will retire in Carthage.

* Sgt. 1st Class Shawn E. Wilks, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, retires with more than 23 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Alaska and Korea and during Operations Desert Shield / Storm, Restore Hope, Uphold Democracy and Iraqi Freedom. Wilks will retire in Adams.

* Staff Sgt. Michael E. Pasahow, U.S. Army Dental Activity, Fort Drum, retires with more than 21 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Alaska and Germany and with Implementation Force while in Bosnia. Pasahow will retire in Fairbanks, Ala.

* Staff Sgt. Ernest D. Price, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, retires with more than 22 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany and Hawaii and during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Price will retire in Cleveland.

 

The following Soldier received the Army Commendation Medal:

* Staff Sgt. Mark F. Doonan, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, retires with more than 28 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Alaska and Korea and during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Doonan will retire in Carthage.

 

Each retiree also received an Army retirement pin, U.S. flag and a letter of appreciation from the commanding general.





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