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October 26, 2012

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Klatt retires after 6 years at RTS-Medical Fort McCoy, 23 years of military service

By Lt. Col. Michele R. Sutak, Army Reserve Medical Command Public Affairs

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — Lt. Col. Dennis Klatt of Fort McCoy has retired after 23 years of military service. Klatt had served as clinical coordinator for the Regional Training Site (RTS)-Medical Fort McCoy for the past six years.
PHOTO: Lt. Col. Dennis N. Klatt receives the Legion of Merit. Photo by Michelle Stendel
Lt. Col. Dennis N. Klatt receives the Legion of Merit from Col. Brad Richardson, (left) site director for the Regional Training Site-Medical, during a retirement ceremony Sept. 28, at Fort McCoy. The Legion of Merit is a military award of the U.S. Armed Forces that is given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.
(Photo by Michelle Stendel)

Klatt, a native of Muskego, Wis., and a resident of Sparta, Wis., received a Legion of Merit (LOM) for his service to the nation. The LOM is a military award of the U.S. Armed Forces that is given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.

Additionally, he was recognized as a distinguished member of the Army Medical Department’s Regiment, receiving a Regimental Flag. Klatt’s effective date of retirement is Jan. 1, 2013, at which time he will receive a Presidential Letter from Commander in Chief Barack Obama, for his more than 23 years of service to the nation.

Family members sharing in Klatt’s retirement ceremony included his parents, Dennis and Marian Klatt, and his children.

Klatt reflected on the people, moments and experience, which have contributed to shaping his military career. His retirement marks a special occasion for him and his Family, as well as for the Soldiers with whom he has served.

Col. Brad Richardson, site director for the RTS-Medical McCoy, remarked about how Soldiers, throughout their military career, participate in farewells as they come and go between assignments.

Commands will host a farewell to allow Soldiers to say goodbye and acknowledge the departing member. Richardson added that many times, the words of gratitude are not relayed to the Soldier for their tireless work and devotion to duty.

“So Dennis, let me say to you and to your Family, a most sincere ‘Thank You,’” said Richardson. “Thank you for a job well done here at the RTS-Medical McCoy … you helped establish a great foundation of clinical training that will carry forward.”

In retirement, Klatt will pursue a master’s degree in business administration at Viterbo University, spend time with his Family, and enjoy more time to hunt and fish.

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