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MCA Marine retires after 25-year career

24 Jun 2010 | Jason M. Webb

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Eric F. Gilmer, maintenance officer, Program Management Branch, Production Management Department, Maintenance Center Albany, received his Certificate of Retirement, June 18, following the Morning Colors Ceremony outside Building 3500.

Gilmer served more than 25 years in the Marine Corps and served twice with Marine Corps Logistics Command.

“It’s been an honor to serve with Marines like you,” Gilmer said to the crowd of Marines in attendance. “They speak of the generation of World War II as the greatest generation. I think you match that today. History hasn’t been written yet on what you’ve done at this point.”

Col. Terry W. Reid, commander, Maintenance Center Albany, served as the reviewing officer and said that Gilmer has been an integral part of MCA over the last three years.

“Chief Warrant Officer Gilmer’s 25 years has been felt all across the Marine Corps,” Reid said during the ceremony. “During his illustrious career, he has stood the watch in multiple unit deployments. There are few higher callings than placing yourself in harm’s way for the sake of others. And in doing so you have made your family proud and you have also made the Marine Corps proud.”

Gilmer started out in the Marine Corps as an enlisted motor transport mechanic and worked his way through the ranks and served during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

During his career, he deployed numerous times to Okinawa and mainland Japan and served as drill instructor, senior drill instructor and series gunnery sergeant while serving at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif.

Gilmer has deployed numerous times in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

“You have the reward and satisfaction knowing that you gave more to America than you ever took from her. And you should be proud of your sacrifice,” Reid said. “Your bravery and selfless devotion to duty over the past 25 years of service have added significantly to this rich legacy of our Marine Corps and measures up to the highest standards that have come to epitomize all who wear the eagle, globe and anchor.”

Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany