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Fort Drum community honors retiring Soldiers


Lt. Col. Erick W. Sweet II, right, rear detachment commander, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, congratulates 1st Sgt. Gene D. Cottrell, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Combat Team, upon his retirement after presenting him with a Meritorious Service Medal during a ceremony Friday. (Photo by Glenn Wagner).
Lt. Col. Erick W. Sweet II, right, rear detachment commander, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, congratulates 1st Sgt. Gene D. Cottrell, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Combat Team, upon his retirement after presenting him with a Meritorious Service Medal during a ceremony Friday. (Photo by Glenn Wagner).

Jennifer Caprioli

Staff Writer

Families, friends and community members recognized the military service of 34 Soldiers during a retirement ceremony Friday at the Multipurpose Auditorium. The Soldiers dedicated 732 years of service to the armed forces.
Honorees, as well as spouses and Family Members, received awards for serving their country, which was followed by remarks from Lt. Col. Erick W. Sweet II, rear detachment commander, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade.
Sweet recognized the Soldiers’ experience as “vast.”
“It is only natural that as our retirees transition from military life, they may want to tell a war story or two about those Army experiences,” he said.
“As is often the case, some small embellishments may enter in, like they do. But, if you look hard at the average 22 years these patriots have served, you will quickly see that no exaggerations are required to capture the magnitude of their individual and collective achievements,” he said. “Their sacrifice, selfless service, and rich and lasting contributions to the Army and our nation simply speak for themselves.”
Sweet then revisited history by noting pop culture, political and global events, beginning 20 or more years ago – when the retirees joined the Army – to present day.
“When you joined the Army, most of you wore (olive-drab) green fatigues, which were just starting to phase out as (the battle dress uniform) began their long tenure as the uniform of choice,” Sweet noted. “You did (physical training) in combat boots. Your BDUs had 70s-style collars, and you had to roll your sleeves precisely three fingers wide in the summer months – summer being about a three-month period here in the North Country.”
Sweet thanked Soldiers for “the freedoms you have made possible through your personal sacrifice.”
He then asked the retirees to thank their loved ones, noting, “When you were in the Army, they sort of were too, and that has not been easy on them, so thank them again, profusely.”
Upon closing, he told the Soldiers, “I hope your future war stories can come close to the reality of the greatness you have achieved as individuals and as part of the larger Army team. No exaggeration is needed to tell of your heroics and the sacrifices of your loved ones – that speaks for itself and always will. It is your legacy.”
The following retiring Soldiers each received the Meritorious Service Medal:
wChief Warrant Officer 4 Jef-fery A. White, 10th Sustainment Brigade Troops Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, retires with more than 24 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Cuba, Germany, Korea and Kosovo and during Operations Desert Shield / Storm, Restore Hope and Iraqi Freedom. White will retire in Dexter.
wFirst Sgt. Gene D. Cottrell, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 21 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Korea and during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Cottrell will retire in Orem, Utah.
wFirst Sgt. Michael O. Roane, 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 21 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany and Korea and during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Roane will retire in Killeen, Texas.
wFirst Sgt. Joe S. Santee, 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 27 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany and Korea and during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Santee will retire in Fort Knox, Ky.
wMaster Sgt. Wayne D. Ahlquist, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 26 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany and the Netherlands and during Operations Joint Guard, Joint Endeavor and Enduring Freedom. Ahlquist will retire in Rochester.
wMaster Sgt. Edward J. Burns, 3rd Battalion, 6th Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 21 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany and Korea and during Operation Enduring Freedom. Burns will retire in Gibbstown, N.J.
wMaster Sgt. Mary P. Hansarik, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 10th Mountain Division (LI), retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. She served overseas in Alaska and Korea and during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Hansarik will retire in Seoul, South Korea.
wMaster Sgt. Teddy M. Massey, 543rd Military Police Company, 91st Military Police Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, retires with more than 24 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Belgium, Germany, Italy and Korea and during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Massey will retire in Colmesneil, Texas.
wMaster Sgt. Todd W. Sullivan, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 21 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Hawaii, Korea and Panama and during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Sullivan will retire in Black River.
wSgt. 1st Class Michael J. Armold, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 23 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany, Japan and Korea and during Operations Desert Shield / Storm, Restore Hope, Uphold Democracy and Iraqi Freedom. Armold will retire in Ebensburg, Pa.
wSgt. 1st Class Thomas P. Bratton, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany and during Operations Continue Hope, Joint Endeavor, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Bratton will retire in Adams.
wSgt. 1st Class James S. Bunn, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 21 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany and Hawaii and during Operations Restore Hope, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Bunn will retire in Rochester.
wSgt. 1st Class Armando V. Dimla, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 28 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Egypt and Germany and during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Free- dom. He will retire in Watertown.
wSgt. 1st Class Edward W. Dziadon III, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Avi- ation Brigade, retires with more than 21 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Alaska and Korea and during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Dziadon will retire in Hunts-ville, Ala.
wSgt. 1st Class Sean P. Gardner, 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany and Korea and during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Gardner will retire in Fall River, Mass.
wSgt. 1st Class David A. Martin, 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 22 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany, Korea and Kuwait and during Operations Desert Storm / Shield, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Martin will retire in Charleston, Ill.
wSgt. 1st Class Albert A. Pando, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 10th Mountain Division (LI), retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany and Panama and during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Pando will retire in Brooklyn.
wSgt. 1st Class Joseph D. Pope, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 23 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Alaska, Germany and Hawaii and during Operations Desert Shield / Storm and Iraqi Freedom. Pope will retire in Fairbanks, Ala.
wSgt. 1st Class Richard L. Prek-ker Jr., 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 23 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany and Korea and during Operations Restore Hope, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Prekker will retire in Fort Belvoir, Va.
wSgt. 1st Class Dennis A. Robinson, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Korea and during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Robinson will retire in Eastover, N.C.
wSgt. 1st Class Carlos A. San-chez, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served over- seas in Greece, Korea, Kosovo, Kuwait, Puerto Rico and Saudi Arabia and during Operations Desert Shield / Storm and Iraqi Freedom. Sanchez will retire in Apopka, Fla.
wSgt. 1st Class Terry L. Schutz, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany and during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Schutz will retire in Marshfield, Mo.
wSgt. 1st Class Ronnie C. Smith, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 21 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Korea and during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Smith will retire in Rochester.
wSgt. 1st Class Richard M. Stewart, 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Alaska and during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Stewart will retire in Washingtonville.
wSgt. 1st Class David J. Young, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Korea and during Sta- bilization Force Bosnia and Operation Enduring Freedom. Young will retire in Bethlehem, Pa.
wStaff Sgt. Gordon J. Livermore, 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 22 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany and Korea and during Operations Desert Storm / Shield and Enduring Freedom. Livermore will retire in Muldrow, Okla.
wStaff Sgt. Derrick G. Meadows, 10th Special Troops Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Japan and Korea and during Operations Desert Storm / Shield, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Meadows will retire in Birmingham, Ala.
wStaff Sgt. Terry W. Murphy, 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany, Korea and Macedonia and during Operation Joint Endeavor. Murphy will retire in Columbia, S.C.
wStaff Sgt. Edward A. Smeck, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 23 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Egypt, Italy and Korea and during Operations Provide Comfort, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Smeck will retire in Watertown.
The following Soldiers each received the Army Commendation Medal:
wSgt. 1st Class Kirk J. Zolna, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany and during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Zolna will retire in Cleveland, Ohio.
wStaff Sgt. Patrick H. Day, 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Hawaii and Korea and during Operations Desert Storm / Shield and Iraqi Freedom. Day will retire in Dundalk, Md.
 wStaff Sgt. Damon A. Graham, 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Korea and during Stabilization Force Bosnia and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Graham will retire in Philadelphia.
wSgt. Hernandez Herminio, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. He served overseas in Germany and Panama and during Operations Joint Force, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Herminio will retire in Driscoll, Texas.
wSgt. Nancy Mitchell, 23rd Military Police Company, 91st Military Police Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, retires with more than 20 years of active-duty service. She served overseas in Iceland and during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mitchell will retire in Alton, N.H.




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