GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — 7th Army Training Command and U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria honored three Soldiers for their service and career at the quarterly retirement ceremony Aug. 28 at the Rose Barracks Theater, Vilseck, Germany.
The 7th Army Training Command Operations Officer, Col. Timothy C. Davis, thanked the retirees for their accomplishments and sacrifices.
“These tremendous patriots have made great sacrifices as they served our nation, both in times of peace and in times of conflict,” said Davis.
Three Soldiers in our community retired from the military after years of dedicated service. They include Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey A. Dawson, Sgt. 1st Class Francisco Valentin-Rivera and Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth C. Winstead.
Dawson joined the Army in 1999 as a military policeman. He completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He is a graduate of the primary leadership development course in Grafenwoehr, the basic noncommissioned officers’ course, the United States Army Drill Sergeant School and the senior leadership course at Fort Leonard Wood. Dawson plans to retire to Virginia and continue woodworking, golfing and enjoying his retirement.
Valentin-Rivera joined the Army as a finance specialist. He completed basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, in 2000. He is a graduate of the primary leadership development course in Grafenwoehr, the basic noncommissioned officers’ course at Fort Jackson, and the senior leader course at Huntsville, Alabama. He re-classed in July 2011 to an acquisitions, logistics and technology contracting NCO. Valentin-Rivera has been married for nine years to his wife Sandra Gonzalez, and they have one daughter. He plans to get a job in the El Paso, Texas, area after retirement, and pursue an advanced degree in business.
Winstead joined the Army as an infantryman. He completed basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1989. He was honorably discharged after three years at Fort Ord, California. He rejoined the Army after 9/11 and reenlisted as an automated logistical specialist in 2002. He attended his second basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, with advanced individual training at Fort Lee, Virginia. In 2009, he re-classed to a contract specialist, and will continue to serve as a contract specialist until retirement. He is a graduate of the primary leadership development course at Fort Hood, Texas, the basic noncommissioned officers’ course at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and the senior leader course at Huntsville.
Combined, these three Soldiers rendered more than 61 years of service.
Retirees were reminded that they were still welcomed as part of the military family.
“Always remember that you will forever be a part of the Army family; and we will continue to look after you. You may be gone from our ranks, but you remain in our hearts,” said Davis.