|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.
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.