|TMore than 103 years of service to the nation
culminated Feb. 8 with a retirement ceremony honoring four
noncommissioned officers (NCO) and their Families from the 181st
Infantry Brigade, which is a tenant organization at Fort McCoy.
Col. Eric J. Angeli, 181st Infantry Brigade commander,
congratulates Sgt. 1st Class Cheryl K. Olsen and her husband,
John Robert Olsen Jr., at the brigade’s retirement ceremony.
(Photo by Capt. Rob Lodewick)
The ceremony, hosted by 3rd Battalion, 340th Infantry Regiment,
recognized the careers of Sgt. Maj. Robert Rinehart, Master Sgt.
Raymondo Ruiz, Sgt. 1st Class Cheryl Olsen and Sgt. 1st Class Kent Lande.
Family, friends and co-workers from across the Brigade and the Fort
McCoy community gathered at the Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell NCO Academy
to show their appreciation and bear witness to the prestigious
Lt. Col. James Doemel, 3rd, 340th Battalion commander, opened the
ceremony with a brief welcome to all in attendance, taking time to
specifically thank the friends and Family members who had traveled many
miles to support their loved ones. Following the welcome, service
biographies of each retiring NCO were read. Many in attendance listened
in awe as the numerous duty assignments, educational achievements and
military awards were read off. The official party, consisting of Doemel
and Master Sgt. Lanny J. McLaughlin, 3rd, 340th Battalion command
sergeant major, presented each spouse with a bouquet of flowers and
official Army recognition for their many years of support to the Army.
Each retiring NCO was officially recognized with an Army certificate of
retirement, American flag, 181st Brigade coin and a personalized letter
of thanks from President Barack Obama.
Following the presentations, each NCO took the stage to reflect on their
time in uniform, thank their Families and fellow Soldiers for their
unwavering support and share some words of advice to those continuing
After the Army Song officially concluded the ceremony, the retiring NCOs
and their spouses lined up and received personal words of thanks,
handshakes, hugs and best wishes as each person in attendance filed by
to congratulate the honorees.
(Submitted by 181st Infantry Brigade Public Affairs Office.)