05/16/2013 -- Neither rain, wind, nor an overcast morning deterred a crowd of family members, well-wishers and fellow Marines, who came to honor Maj. Kenneth W. Battaglia, May 4, as he said farewell to a career, which spanned more than two decades of service to his country.
Battaglia’s service began here in June 2010 with 4th Marine Logistics Group to serve on Inspector-Instructor duty, Detachment 2, Supply Company, 4th Supply Battalion, 4th MLG. He assumed his current duties as the I-I for Detachment 2 in July 2010.
Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany’s Commanding Officer, Col. Donald J. Davis, who was the retiring official, recapped Battaglia’s extensive career and honored him for his years of “selfless service.”
While highlighting Battaglia’s 28 years, Davis’ message was one of reflecting on the retiree’s “wisdom, experience, knowledge and (for being) the master of one’s own trade.”
According to Davis, whether in one word, a sentence, a paragraph or in a book, if a person reads between the lines, one could find many descriptors, which are synonymous to Battaglia: “humility, perseverance, commitment, driven, and one who came to serve, not to be served.”
“Ken has been a servant; he has been a blessing, and at the end of his journey, he will hear the words, ‘Well done good and faithful servant, well done,’” Davis said. “God bless you, my brother.”
Battaglia was presented with a Certificate of Retirement; letters commending his service from President Barack H. Obama and Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps; the Meritorious Service Medal, and an American flag, which was flown over Coffman Hall, Building 3500, in his honor.
Battaglia’s wife, Christine, and each of their six children: Erin, Alan, Josie, Grace, Andrew and Benjamin, were honored during the retirement ceremony.
Also honored and recognized was Battaglia’s father, Anthony, who he said, “was present for both — the day I graduated boot camp at (Marine Corps Recruit Depot) Parris Island, South Carolina, and is here today for my retirement.”
World War II and Korean War veteran, John H. Daniels, who gave the opening prayer at Battaglia’s retirement, and his wife, Lucille, were eager to share their comments about a man they both called, “a church member, a Christian and a friend.”
Daniels added, “He is a great friend and he is dedicated to the Lord.”
“Ken is incredible; a great friend and family man, who exudes integrity, commitment, and honor - all the things that make him a great person,” according to the Rev. Craig Howell, pastor, Plantation Parkway Assembly of God, Leesburg, Ga.
Capt. Alexandria Hobbs, a reservist in Battaglia’s unit said, “The major is a ball of fire; full of excitement, who loves his Marines and loves being in the Corps. He is truly going to be missed.”
Battaglia’s Marine Corps career began when he enlisted in the delayed entry program in September 1984, and completed his basic training at MCRD, Parris Island, S.C., in September 1985.
He graduated as the honor graduate of his platoon and was meritoriously promoted to lance corporal.
Battaglia’s decorations and awards include: the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with four gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with one bronze star.