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Saluting service: Post honors more than 500 combined years of service

Back row: Sgt. 1st Class Eric Hendrickson, CW4 Carlos D. Jones, CW4 Gary W. Dye, Maj. Steven O. Eastman Jr. and Sgt. 1st Class Quinton E. Courson Jr. Front row: Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth W. Burlingham, Master Sgt. John A. Dolan, CW4 Jeffrey S. Turner, Command Sgt. Maj. Jean P. Thomas Jr. and Sgt. 1st Class Donald J. Remily. (Photo by Jim Hughes)

Back row: Sgt. 1st Class Eric Hendrickson, CW4 Carlos D. Jones, CW4 Gary W. Dye, Maj. Steven O. Eastman Jr. and Sgt. 1st Class Quinton E. Courson Jr. Front row: Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth W. Burlingham, Master Sgt. John A. Dolan, CW4 Jeffrey S. Turner, Command Sgt. Maj. Jean P. Thomas Jr. and Sgt. 1st Class Donald J. Remily. (Photo by Jim Hughes)

Back row: CW5 William L. Buchanan, CW4 Jeffrey Fullam, CW5 Paul D. Clark, Command Sgt. Maj. William S. Hayes and 1st Sgt. Rodney M. Jackson. Front row: CW2 Henry B. Wilson, Sgt. 1st Class Jamil M. Wilson, 1st Sgt. Mark T. Clarke and Kitty Keener. (Photo by Jim Hughes)

Back row: CW5 William L. Buchanan, CW4 Jeffrey Fullam, CW5 Paul D. Clark, Command Sgt. Maj. William S. Hayes and 1st Sgt. Rodney M. Jackson. Front row: CW2 Henry B. Wilson, Sgt. 1st Class Jamil M. Wilson, 1st Sgt. Mark T. Clarke and Kitty Keener. (Photo by Jim Hughes)

Published: May 5, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (May 5, 2016) -- With more than a combined 500 years of service to the country, 19 Soldiers and one civilian, retired during a ceremony April 29 at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum.

The following are excerpts from the narratives read on each retiree during the ceremony.

Maj. Steven O. Eastman Jr.

Eastman, CJ34 deputy director of anti-terrorism and force protection, Yongsan, South Korea, entered military service in 1992 as a tank and wheeled vehicle mechanic. He was commissioned in 1999 into the Aviation Branch. He said the highlights of his career were his time in Iraq helping the Iraqi people learn to properly secure its border, and leading and assisting the outstanding trainers of the Aviation Branch at Fort Rucker. He and his wife, Malou, plan to reside in either Enterprise, or Midland, Michigan.

CW5 Paul D. Clark

Clark, Aviation Branch safety officer, entered military service in 1984 as a supply logistician and then completed initial entry rotary wing training in 1987. He is rated in the AH-64 Apache. He has two sons who are in the active Army, and a daughter in seventh grade. He plans to reside in Dothan.

CW5 William L. Buchanan

Buchanan, Army Combat Readiness Center G7 senior safety adviser, entered military service in 1989 as a warrant officer candidate and graduated from flight training in 1990. He said the highlights of his career were being promoted to chief warrant officer 5 and serving as an accident investigator-G7 instructor at Fort Rucker. He and his wife, Suzanne, plan to reside in Huntsville.

CW4 Jeffrey S. Turner

Turner, Army Ground Safety Officer Course deputy chief, entered military service in 1988 as a power generation equipment mechanic. In 2000, he became an ordnance warrant officer. He said the highlight of his career was being a military history instructor in support of the Warrant Officer Career College. He and his wife, Mary, plan to reside in Monroeville.

CW4 Carlos D. Jones

Jones, senior instructor and writer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Warrant Officer Career College, entered military service in 1988 as a paralegal specialist. He became a warrant officer in 2000. He said the highlights of his career were earning his second master’s degree and working on the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Staff under the legal officer as deputy executive officer. He plans to reside in San Antonio, Texas.

CW4 Jeffrey Fullam

Fullam, course director for the Warrant Officer Intermediate Level Education Course with the WOCC, entered military service in 1989 as a Bradley Fighting Vehicle turret mechanic. He became a warrant officer in 1998. He said the highlight of his career was his assignment as the brigade maintenance officer on Fort Bliss, Texas. He and his wife, Debbie, plan to reside in Enterprise.

CW4 Gary W. Dye

Dye, operations officer and unit trainer for B Co., 2nd Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, entered military service in 1989 as an Air Force aircraft technician. He became an Army warrant officer in 1996. He said the highlight of his career was being a part of a team of professionals while defending this great nation. He and his wife, Gwen, plan to reside in Dothan.

CW4 Jason G. Starr

Starr, battalion safety officer and UH-60M instructor pilot with the 1-212th Avn. Regt., entered military service in 1994 as a fire support specialist. He became a warrant officer in 2000. He said the highlight of his career was receiving the Broken Wing award for his actions during a main rotor blade failure under zero illumination at 6,500 feet over the Red Sea. He plans to reside in Coffee Springs.

CW2 Henry B. Wilson

Wilson, instructor and writer with the 110th Aviation Brigade Night Vision Device Branch, entered military service in 1995 as a cannon crewmember. He became a warrant officer in 2006. He said the highlight of his career was leading a section of artillery Soldiers into combat in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He and his wife, Vanessa, plan to reside in Ozark.

Command Sgt. Maj. Jean P. Thomas Jr.

Thomas, commandant at the NCO Academy at Fort Rucker, entered military service in 1984 as an infantryman and later re-enlisted as an avionics mechanic. He said the highlight of his career was serving as the commandant of the NCO Academy and training the Army’s future leaders. He and his wife, Lori, plan to reside in Enterprise.

Command Sgt. Maj. William S. Hayes

Hayes, battalion command sergeant major with the 1-14th Avn. Regt., entered military service in 1985 as a quartermaster and later reclassified as an Aviation operations specialist. He said he couldn’t select just one highlight of his career due to the many relationships he’d established over the years with friends and family. He and his wife, Daphny, plan to reside in Albama.

1st Sgt. Mark T. Clarke

Clarke, ground accident investigator with the CRC, entered military service in 1987 as a wheeled vehicle mechanic. He said the highlight of his career was being stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he met his wife, Denise. They plan to reside in Enterprise.

1st Sgt. Rodney M. Jackson

Jackson, operations NCO in charge for the 1-212th Avn. Regt., entered military service in 1989 as a tactical transport Black Hawk helicopter mechanic. He said the highlights of his career were meeting and marrying his wife, Claudia, and having two wonderful children. They plan to reside in Dallas, Texas.

Master Sgt. John A. Dolan

Dolan, air traffic control senior sergeant for Air Traffic Services Command, entered military service in 1996 as indirect fire infantryman and later reclassified as an Aviation operations specialist. He said the highlights of his career were marrying his wife, Paula, and supporting his country in the fight against terrorism. They plan to reside in Dothan.

Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth W. Burlingham

Burlingham, maintenance supervisor for the U.S. Army Air Ambulance Detachment (Flatiron) and the 1-223rd Avn. Regt., entered military service in 1982 as an infantryman and later reclassified as a Black Hawk mechanic. He said the highlight of his career was marrying his wife, Jacquelin. They plan to reside in Ozark.

Sgt. 1st Class Quinton E. Courson Jr.

Courson, senior supply sergeant with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, entered military service in 1991 as an equipment records and parts specialist and later reclassified as an automated logistics specialist. He said the highlight of his career was marrying his wife, Melody. They plan to reside in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Sgt. 1st Class Eric Hendrickson

Hendrickson, Aviation Center Logistics Command, entered military service in 1996 as a cannon fire direction specialist and later reclassified as an Apache mechanic. He said the highlight of his career was marrying his wife, Jennifer. They plan to reside in Dothan.

Sgt. 1st Class Donald J. Remily

Remily, battalion medical operations sergeant with the 3-7th SFG at Eglin, entered military service in 2001 as a preventive medicine specialist and later qualified as a special forces medical sergeant. He said the highlights of his career were marrying his wife, Jamie, and having a child. They plan to reside in Augusta, Georgia.

Sgt. 1st Class Jamil M. Wilson

Wilson, NCOIC of the Directorate of Simulation, entered military service in 1993 as a personnel administrative specialist and later reclassified as an Aviation operations specialist. He said the highlight of his career was developing and mentoring all the Soldiers he came into contact with throughout his career. He plans to reside in Orlando, Florida.

Kitty Keener

Keener, management analyst at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence G8 Accounting and Financial Systems Division, entered civil service in 1992 as an office automation clerk in Illesheim, Germany. She came to Fort Rucker as a medical records clerk at Lyster Army Health Clinic in 1994. She said the highlight of her career was serving as the agency program coordinator for the Government Travel Card Program for USAACE cardholders. She and her husband, Tony, plan to continue to reside in Enterprise.

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