Salutes & Awards

October 25, 2012

Six retirees, Family members honored for military service Friday

Six retirees and family members are honored during the quarterly installation retirement Friday on Fort Huachuca’s Brown Parade Field. Formal retirement recognition ceremonies are held once a quarter on the installation.

Six Army and Air Force retirees were formally honored for 132 years of combined military service during the quarterly installation retirement ceremony on Fort Huachuca’s Brown Parade Field on Friday. The U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence hosted the event.

After Chaplain (Maj.) David Schlichter, Installation Family Life chaplain, gave the invocation, the 62nd Army Band played the national anthem and the narrator spoke about the history of Brown Parade Field. The awards presentation followed.

The presiding officer and guest speaker was Col. Edward Riehle, Training and Doctrine Command Capability Manager for Sensor Processing. Command Sgt. Maj. William Hunter, Noncommissioned Academy commandant, assisted with the awards presentation. Each retiree was individually introduced and received awards and certificates during the formal presentation.

Lt. Col. Brent Snyder was last assigned as the national intelligence portfolio chief for the Joint Interoperability Test Command, a field operating agency of the Defense Information Systems Agency, Fort Huachuca. He retired after 21 years of service to the Air Force and received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

Snyder and his wife Nancy have three children, Brent Jr., Kaylee and Avery. They plan to reside in Temecula, Calif.

Master Sgt. Samuel Goldstein spent his final assignment as chief of operations, Training Division, Training Directorate and Support, USAICoE. He retires after 21 years of Army service. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

Goldstein and his wife Rana have three daughters, Kassandra, Karrah and Katarynna. The family will live in Sierra Vista.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael Day spent his final assignment as the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Human Intelligence Collection Mobile Training Team, USAICoE. He is medically retiring after 15 years of Army service and was presented with the Meritorious Service Medal.

Day and his wife Heidi have two children, Xander and Zoie. They will live in Sierra Vista.

Sgt. 1st Eric Lofton, Sr. is presently assigned as an instructor at the Noncommissioned Officers Academy, USAICoE. He is retiring from the Army after 20 years of service and received a Meritorious Service Medal.

Lofton and his wife Chicketta have three children, Darius, Eric Jr. and Eri’ Aisha. The family will remain in Sierra Vista.

Sgt. 1st Class Mark Tatum is presently assigned as a teacher, instructor and training noncommissioned officer at the Reserve Officer Training Corps, University of Arizona, in Tucson.

He is retiring after a combined total of 29 years of service to the Army and the Army National Guard. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

Tatum and his wife Brenda have three sons, Corey, Tyree and Joseph. The Family plans to live in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sgt. 1st Class Rogers Vance is presently assigned as an assistant inspector general for USAICoE. He is retiring after 26 years in the Army, and received a Meritorious Service Medal.

Vance plans to reside in Sierra Vista.

After all retirees were recognized and given awards, each spouse or special guest received flowers or tokens of appreciation for their support of the military and their personal sacrifices made during military service.

Following Riehle’s closing remarks, the color guard retired the colors, and the band played “Old Soldiers Never Die,” “Old Lang Zyne,” “The Air Force Song,” and the audience sang “The Army Song.”

Following in the tradition of the cavalry members originally assigned to Fort Huachuca, members of B Troop, 4th Cavalry Regiment (Memorial) made a charge across Brown Parade Field just before those assembled observed and rendered honors during evening retreat, the lowering of the U.S. flag.

As its last act of respect, the audience congratulated the retirees and family members as a final, formal gesture honoring the Airman and Soldiers for their service to the United States.




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