August 14th, 2009 05:45 AM
Well folks. Today at 1000hrs The U.S. Army will be conducting my Official Retirement Ceremony.
I can not believe that 23 years and 6 months have gone by so quickly.
I still will not be "Officially" retired until 1 Dec 09, as I have a little over 100 days of transitional leave that I will be taking. This will be my last day in military uniform.
As I was writing my remarks last night it finally hit me that I was done. I just hope that I can keep my composer in check for a few hours more.
"Without fear there can be no Courage!"
August 14th, 2009 06:05 AM
Congratulations...and thank you for your years of service.
...only 4 1/2 years to go and I will join you.
- know the difference
is a fancy name for crappy fighter
You have never lived until you have almost died. For those that have fought for it, life has a special flavor the protected will never know
August 14th, 2009 06:37 AM
Chris, Thank you very much for your service!
You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
Ego will kill you. Leave it at home.
August 14th, 2009 07:01 AM
Thanks for your service ...and yes there is life after the military!!!
"You can say 'stop' or 'alto' or use any other word you think will work but I've found that a large bore muzzle pointed at someone's head is pretty much the universal language."
August 14th, 2009 07:34 AM
I remember when I retired I had 92.5 days on the books and was annoyed that they made me come in the half day!
I also found out about 6 weeks into my terminal leave I wasn't ready to "RETIRE", so I was thankful I found job thats almost as much fun.
EOD - Initial success or total failure
August 14th, 2009 08:16 AM
August 14th, 2009 08:17 AM
Congratulations on your retirement!
And thank you for your service.
August 14th, 2009 08:25 AM
Did 24 years myself. The speech at my retirement ceremony was pretty tough but I knew I was ready to move on. didn't make it any easier though...
August 14th, 2009 08:25 AM
Enjoy your retirement. And thank you for your years of service to our country.
Don't believe what you hear and only half of what you see!
August 14th, 2009 08:53 AM
I hung up the uniform 5 years ago--it was really hard, I truly LOVED what I did. I found the transition back to civilian life pretty hard--every time there was a news story on TV about our troops deployed, I'd get a lump in my throat and an ache in my heart. I still do, but not quite as acute as it was.
Are you staying in the Bragg area? That may help, being around post and still seeing all the high & tights. I moved to a very small, very, very rural community, so my break with the military lifestyle was rapid and pretty complete.
If you can afford to $$-wise, take some time off, decompress, do something fun (like go to the range--if you can find the ammo) go on a vacation (come to Montana for the Fall, its beautiful here). Expect to have ups and downs in your feelings for a while. The ARmy is much, much more than just a job or career, it is an entire way of life and, trying not to be corny, but dead serious, you were part of a "band of brothers" that dedicated their lives to the cause of defending freedoms at home and around the world--that is something that you can be very proud of and not something that you can easily take off and lay aside. And you will not find that same level of comradeship on the outside--its one of the things I miss the most......
Thanks for your years of service, and God's Speed to you....
(former tanker, Chaplain, paratrooper)
US Army, 1974-2004
August 14th, 2009 09:03 AM
Thank you for all those years of service.
Any major life transition is difficult. The trick is to find something else to fill all those hours in the day. I hear golf is GOOD! And of course, fishing!
"Mind own business"
"Always cut cards"
August 14th, 2009 09:11 AM
What did you retire as?
26 July 2011 would be my 20 year mark had I stayed in, but I ended up only doing 4 years AD and 8 Guard/Reserve.
Congrats, it's going to feel great, yet strange, to be "free"!
"Naked and Starving as They are We Cannot Enough Admire the Incomparable Patience and Fidelity of the Soldiery" – George Washington, Valley Forge, 1777.
August 14th, 2009 09:31 AM
A bittersweet day.
You'll find that the time flies just as fast now as it did those last 20 years. It's just a little less exhilarating from day to day......
......the pay tends to be better though.
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
August 14th, 2009 09:53 AM
HOOAH! Congrats and thanks.
Good luck in civilian life, may you land a military consulting job on a movie lot and make loads of cash!
"Don't hit a man if you can possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep." - Theodore Roosevelt
August 14th, 2009 10:06 AM
Congratulations, as others have said it will take a bit of time getting used to being a civvie, myself I retired 18 years age but now I volunteer at the Retirees Activities Office, just had to find a way to be involved again.
When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
"Don't forget, incoming fire has the right of way."
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