Brig. Gen. Don Parker retires in Pentagon ceremony.
"The Army is better now," said Parker, in remarks at his retirement ceremony at the Pentagon. "It's the very best Army in the world."
General officers, relatives and comrades from many military assignments crowded the Pentagon's Executive Dining Room on July 3 to see Parker's farewell.
Parker had two key MTMC commands in his career--as Commander, 597th Transportation Group, Sunny Point Military Terminal, Southport, N.C.; and Commander of MTMC's former Deployment Support Command, Fort Eustis, Va. He left the latter assignment Aug 3, 2001, to become the Director for Force Projection and Distribution, in the Army's Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, at the Pentagon.
Standing poised with his wife, Debbie, Parker said he was proud to be associated with the Army and its people.
"I don't care where you go in Army" said Parker, "you find dedicated people."
The dedicated people, he said, include the "33 people and a few contractors" from his office who are responsible for force projection and distribution issues in the Army.
"I've enjoyed being a soldier," said Parker. "And I've enjoyed supporting soldiers around the world."
Parker paid special tribute to Pentagon workers who returned to their offices after Sept. 11.
Force Projection and Distribution employees worked in the MTMC Headquarters building in Alexandria, Va., for several months after the Pentagon was damaged.
"That was tough" said Parker. "And I want to thank MTMC for the workspace."
Parker was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps in 1973 after he graduated from the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Missouri.
What is he looking forward too?
"I am looking forward to having a Home of Record that is where I live" said Parker. Parker thanked attendees for their attendance. The audience replied with sustained applause.