PHILADELPHIA, June 11, 2018 —
An Army noncommissioned officer was joined by family, friends and colleagues as he was honored for his 23-year career during a retirement ceremony at the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support in Philadelphia June 1.
The ceremony for Army Sgt. 1st Class Troy Pringle was officiated by DLA Troop Support Commander Army Brig. Gen. Mark Simerly.
“You have worked diligently for your commanders and have been an example to other soldiers,” Simerly said. “I wish you all the best in attaining your goals of being the best Christian, husband and father that you can be.”
Pringle served as DLA Troop Support’s joint military personnel human resources noncommissioned officer the last four years.
He thanked many of the leaders and coworkers in attendance for their part in his success. And he specifically noted “Sgt. Maj.” Lisa Magnotta, protocol officer, for her commitment to excellence. He also thanked his team for the joy they brought him at the workplace.
“We are a great team,” Pringle said. “We are, in my opinion, the perfect example of America: we all have very, very different opinions … but we’re all as thick as thieves. It has been the greatest pleasure of my life to work with you.”
Pringle said he will miss the conversations with coworkers and being addressed as Sarge, a moniker he was upset to leave behind in retirement.
“As I walked the halls [of Troop Support] for the last four years, I was peppered everyday with ‘Hey Sarge!’” he said. “And today I am saddened beyond measure that I know it will be the last day that I will ever be addressed as Sarge.”
Pringle’s previous assignments include: Fort Stewart, Georgia; Monchengladbach, Germany; Harrogate, England; Tampa, Florida; Washington D.C.; Fort Carson Colorado. He also deployed to Kuwait and Afghanistan.
Of all of the assignments, the one of greatest note was Pringle’s tour at the Pentagon. Although not his favorite for a few reasons, including the schedule and traffic, it was where he met his wife.
Although he is retiring from the Army - what he called “the greatest job any American could have” – Pringle has confidence in the next generation’s Army.
“Without retirement ceremonies, there can be no enlistment ceremonies,” Pringle said. “Today, I have just made room for a newer, stronger better version of me to take my place.”