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Col. James Dunwoody poses with Master Sgt. Shaunte Hypolite, who received the Meritorious Service Medal, the culmination of his military career. Sixteen soldiers and civilian employees of the Department of the Army and their families were honored during the ceremony at Cache Creek Chapel. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Baugh)
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Col. James Dunwoody, Concept Development Division chief, delivers remarks at the bi-monthly retirement ceremony Nov. 19, 2021, in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  The ceremony paid tribute to 16 soldiers, civilian employees of the Ministry of the Army and their families.  (U.S. Army photo by Maria Baugh)








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Col. James Dunwoody, Concept Development Division chief, delivers remarks at the bi-monthly retirement ceremony Nov. 19, 2021, in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The ceremony paid tribute to 16 soldiers, civilian employees of the Ministry of the Army and their families. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Baugh)
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Robert Hendricks receives his Civilian Service Commendation Medal ending his career as a civilian employee of the Department of the Army during the bi-monthly retirement ceremony at Cache Creek Chapel in Fort Sill.  The ceremony included 14 soldiers and two civilian employees.  (U.S. Army photo by Maria Baugh)








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Robert Hendricks receives his Civilian Service Commendation Medal ending his career as a civilian employee of the Department of the Army during the bi-monthly retirement ceremony at Cache Creek Chapel in Fort Sill. The ceremony included 14 soldiers and two civilian employees. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Baugh)
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Col. James Dunwoody, Concept Development Division chief, delivers remarks at the bi-monthly retirement ceremony Nov. 19, 2021, in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  The ceremony paid tribute to 16 soldiers, civilian employees of the Ministry of the Army and their families.  (U.S. Army photo by Maria Baugh)








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FORT SILL, Oklahoma (Nov. 30, 2021) – Sixteen Army Department soldiers and civilian employees and their families retired from the military in a ceremony Nov. 19, at Cache Creek Chapel.

A healthy assembly of masked family members, friends, fellow soldiers, colleagues and post chiefs attended the ceremony.

Among those who retired was Major Courtney Paterson, 2nd Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery. For the first time in 23 years, she will live the life of a civilian. Paterson entered the military just five days after graduating from high school.

“My biggest achievement has been to start at the bottom of the ladder as a soldier and become an officer, which is not normally what most people do,” she said.

Paterson said the hardest part of leaving the military is meeting new people. But she will rise to that challenge as she plans to move out of southwestern Oklahoma and open a business in northern Georgia.

“I want to thank all the soldiers I served with,” she said. “I had a lot of good teams.

Col. James Dunwoody, Head of the Concept Development Division and guest speaker at the ceremony, addressed the audience on the importance of the occasion.

“Today we officially bid farewell to 16 great Americans, all outstanding members of the Army team,” he said.

The colonel said that each of these soldiers has demonstrated his willingness to endure hardships and, if called upon to risk his life for the good of the nation.

Dunwoody said several of them may have answered the call to serve the country in the wake of the terrorist attacks 20 years ago. Some may not have joined with the intention of making the military their career, “but those who met today, at one point, made a conscious decision to fully embark on a career. of military service “.

Dunwoody pointed to austere countries, such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, where these soldiers may have been deployed. He was also laughed at when he said that they had also carried out missions in Germany, Hawaii and on Johnson Atoll.

“Their selfless service was a testament to their strength of character, and we are all better at their service,” he said.

During the ceremony, all retirees received Army end-of-service awards, Commanding General’s Coins, Retirement Certificates signed by the Army Chief of Staff and American flags, courtesy of the Fort Sill Retirees Council.

Each spouse received a small token of gratitude and a certificate of appreciation “in honor of their faithful, selfless and dedicated service,” said Kenneth Emerson, the program’s narrator.

All retiree children received Army BRAT (Bravery, Resilience, Adaptability, and Team Work) certificates.

Retired soldiers

Lieutenant-Colonel John Ratliff, Defense Intelligence Agency

Activity of Lt. Col. Don Yamashita, Fort Sill Medical Service

Major Courtney Paterson, 2nd Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery

Major Jared Pipkin, Directorate of Training and Doctrine Development

1st sergeant. Marques Johnson, Fires Center of Excellence (FCoE)

Staff Sgt. Shaunte Hypolite, FCoE

Staff Sgt. Mark Reid, 8th Army G3 / 5

Sgt. 1st Class Robert Blalock, 1st Battalion, 78th Field Artillery

Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Dalbeck, 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery

Sgt. 1st Class David Deatley, 2-4th FA

Sgt. 1st Class Marcus Johnson, FCoE

Sgt. 1st Class John Pitts Jr., FCoE

Sgt. 1st Class José Rosa-Torres, 30th Air Defense Artillery Brigade

Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Sale, 1st Battalion, 30th Field Artillery

Staff Sgt. Scott Shrout, 75th Field Artillery Brigade

Staff Sgt. Miker Stigler, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery

Retired civilians

GS-12 Robert Hendricks, Fort Sill Casualty Assistance Center

GS-9 David Willett, FCoE Protocol.


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