It was a beautiful day, even though the forecast had us all a little on our toes. But how could it not be a great day, it was time for John's retirement. Preparations for a grand retirement started over a year ago and the morning of was a testament. Flags were hung at the pavilion, chairs all in place, the hustle and bustle to make a perfect send off was complete. Over 100 guests and fellow military came to the retirement to see someone they adored, looked up, to and worked with officially retire from the US Navy. John has served his country for 22 years. He has been stationed at Bangor Submarine Base in Washington State and King's Bay Submarine Base in Georgia. He served on the USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730)(Blue), USS Nevada (SSBN 733)(Gold), USS Kentucky (SSBN 737)(Blue), and USS Wyoming (SSBN 742)(Blue) and completed 18 strategic deterrent patrols during his career. He also was a Naval Instructor at Trident Training Facility Bangor and had two tours at Strategic Weapons Facility, Atlantic. He has transited the Panama Canal twice and successfully launched six test missiles. He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal twice, and the Navy Achievement Medal six times along with other personal and unit awards. During his retirement ceremony he heard from several of his friends and colleges including his Captain and one of John's close friends Sheldon Raph, whom retired from the Navy 5 years ago. John received an amazing shadow box made by his father as well as a model submarine made by his father-in-law. So what is next for John...well we have to wait and see, but I do know that he is excited to spend more time with his wife Mary and their beautiful daughter Emma!