Retirees highlight day of appreciation
Retired Col. Ev Greenwood, co-chairman of the Fort Gordon Retiree Council, opened this year’s event expressing appreciation for the attendees’ service to the Nation, who also recognized two World War II veterans and several Korean War veterans in attendance.
Greenwood encouraged everyone to accomplish three things during the day’s events and after they leave. “Keep our military in your prayers, thank them for their service, and keep involved with the military at Fort Gordon,” he said. “Today, mix with your fellow retirees and tell war stories.”
On behalf of Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, Richmond County Commissioner Donnie Smith read a proclamation making Oct. 19 Military Retiree Appreciation Day in Augusta, to commemorate their service to the nation and contribution to their community.
A precision drill and ceremony routine performed by Soldiers of the 551st Signal Battalion, 15th Regimental Signal Brigade, inspired a comment from Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson, U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon commanding general, who turned around in his seat to tell attendees, “That’s how we roll here.”
Throughout the morning many military retirees visited the information fair and took advantage of the free glucose, cataract, pneumovax, and dental screenings. Medical staff from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center also administered flu shots and conducted electrocardiograms.
James Allen Leek, age 85, served during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. He talked about serving under Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and his love for golf.
“I made it to one Retiree Appreciation Day, and I hope I can make it to one more,” Leek said.
While many retirees were getting flu shots, others attended health seminars on the second floor of Darling Hall. Kathy Tuckey, Alzheimer’s Association Augusta Regional Office program director, shared information on the 10 early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Capt. Donna Goodson, a registered dietician with DDEAMC, discussed importances about “Healthy Nutrition as You Get Older.” Lynn Jamroz of Delta Dental, talked about retiree dental plans. Other topics included: the Army Wellness Center, casualty assistance process, the Survivor Benefit Plan, heart health information, and theVA MyHealtheVet website.
The Survivor Benefit Plan was the most popular seminar, said Angela Gaston, the installation retirement service office. “Overall, it was a very successful event,” Gaston said.
“It is always a joy to see the many organizations throughout the installation, as well as those within Augusta, come together to prepare and execute a celebration of our retired heroes,” she said. “We appreciate the retirees’ service to our great nation and want to continue celebrating their legacy of service.”
The day’s event wrapped up with a luncheon at the Gordon Club where Col. Samuel G. Anderson, Garrison commander, and Col. John P. Lamoureux, DDEAMC commander, talked about the ongoing and future improvements to Fort Gordon and the hospital.