The V.I. National Guard lost 166 years of experience last Saturday, during a ceremony honoring five people retiring after decades of service.
Over 300 people gathered in the auditorium at the St. Croix Educational Complex, to honor the five: Lt. Col. Stanley S. Jones, Command Sgt. Maj. Eugenie J. Santos, Command Sgt. Maj. Hollis D. McIntosh, Master Sgt. Edgardo Sanes, and Sgt. 1st Class Leonard R. Frett Sr.
State Command Sgt. Maj. Mona Barnes commented each of the five retirees had been her superior at different points in her military service, and she thanked each of them for the important influence they had on her career.
Major General Renaldo Rivera, the adjutant general for the VING, reminisced about each of the five retiring members.
Following the general’s remarks, each retiring member was called up one at a time, their biographies and orders read, a series of awards, plaques and gifts from their colleagues and co-workers were presented, and finally, they were given a chance to make some final remarks.