Salutes & Awards

November 1, 2012

‘Thank you for devoting your lives to the service of our country’

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Gustavo Bahena
Public Affairs Office NTC and Fort Irwin
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Staff Sgt. Joseph Hawn was honored for having served 22 years in the Army at a retirement ceremony, here, Oct. 16. During his career, the non-commissioned officer was deployed to Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq. His last duty title was that of Bradley Fighting Vehicle System supervisor with F Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. His future plans are to work as a mechanic on semi-trucks and continue his education to receive a masters of divinity in religion and become a pastor.

The National Training Center and Fort Irwin Retirement Ceremony in October recognized four career Soldiers as they completed service to the nation.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 William Weekley, Sgt. 1st Class Clyde Henneman, Sgt. 1st Class Gregroy Wilt and Staff Sgt. Joseph Hawn were recognized at their retirement ceremony, here, Oct. 16.

The four patriots who retired are: Chief Warrant Officer 2 William Weekley, who was Eagle 18 with Operations Group; Sgt. 1st Class Clyde Henneman, who was first sergeant for 557th Maintenance Company, 1916th Support Battalion, 916th Support Brigade; Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Wilt, who was Scorpion 17A with Operations Group, and; Staff Sgt. Joseph Hawn, who was supervisor of M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle systems with F Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

Presiding over the ceremony was the official party, which consisted of the NTC and Fort Irwin Dental Clinic Commander Lt. Col. Todd Kimura and Senior Non-commissioned Officer Sgt. 1st Class Terry Scott.

Kimura thanked the retiring Soldiers for having served a combined 93 years in the Army. He cited significant contributions such as the 81 combined NTC rotations and multiple deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait that the four accomplished.

“Thank you for devoting your lives to the service of our country, to make it a safer place to live,” said Kimura. “Thank you for mentoring those below you, beside you, and supporting those above you. We say thank you to your wives, your children, and the families and friends who have stood by you through the thick and thin, the good times and the bad times. May God bless all of your future endeavors.”

Kimura presented them with their respective retirement award, a certificate of retirement and a lapel button from the Armed Forces of the United States of America for having served faithfully and honorably in the Army. Each individual also received a certificate of appreciation from the President of the U.S. for service in the Armed Forces, a U.S. flag, and a letter of appreciation from Congress, the Secretary of the Army, and the commanding general of the NTC.




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