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Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald, center, commanding general of Fort Sill and the Fires Center of Excellence participates in a retreat ceremony for outgoing Post Command Sgt. Maj. Dwight L. Morrisey, right. Morrisey was replaced by Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Lindsey, far left, who will serve as senior enlisted man for the Fires Center.

Morrisey ended his 35-year military career on Friday

Outgoing Post Command Sgt. Maj. Dwight L. Morrisey ended a 35-year military career as two alumni of Geronimo Road Elementary returned to their roots at a retreat ceremony here Friday.

During the ceremony, Morrisey was presented the Legion of Merit Award for exceptionally meritorious service throughout a 34-year career in positions of increasing responsibility. His wife, Donna, who is the Army Community Service director for Fort Hood, Texas, was presented three awards: Training and Doctrine Command's Margaret C. Corbin Award for her volunteerism and dedication to quality of life for soldiers and their families; the Commander's Award for Public Service and the Alice Grierson Award for Excellence for her selfless service to the Fort Sill community and the artillery.

"There's certain things you want to do, and there's some things you don't want to do. And we want to honor you, but I don't want to say goodbye to you," Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald, commanding general of Fort Sill and the Fires Center of Excellence, told Morrisey.

"It's even harder when you realize this is the last assignment of an impressive and outstanding non-commissioned officer, and more importantly, a valued partner and friend," the general said.

"Being the backbone of the Fires Center (of Excellence) is no small task," said McDonald, noting that the responsibilities are too numerous and vast to list, but they can be summed up by two phrases from the Soldier's Creed, "accomplishment of the mission" and "welfare of the soldiers."

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