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Army National Guardsman retires after nearly 40 years of service

By MC3 Michael Redd, JTF-CS Public Affairs Joint Task Force Civil Support

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For some members of the U.S. Armed Forces, 20 years marks the end of a successful military career and a well-deserved retirement. For retired Army Master Sgt. Andrew Vickers, the end of his 20 years is just the beginning.

On April 5th, 2019, Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS) recognized and celebrated Vickers’ retirement and his many accomplishments during his 39 years, 11 months and 2 days of military service.

During his retirement ceremony, Vickers was joined by his family and friends, including his wife Karen, his two sons Jason and Jeremy and his two grandchildren Natalie and Deacon.

Vickers enlisted in the Alabama National Guard on March 30th, 1979 straight out of high school. During his career, Vickers has worked many jobs, including 31V radio operator, 75B unit clerk and 45B unit armorer before settling in the logistics field as a 76Y supply non-commissioned officer (NCO).

“I’m going to miss the Army National Guard,” said Vickers. “It was my life. I joined in high school, and I’ve been in ever since.”

Vickers deployed to JTF-CS in 2002, where he served as the command’s property book officer. In 2005, he transferred to the Virginia National Guard, and has been a part of the JTF-CS family ever since.

“I just want to continue doing my best in my civilian job, and enjoy weekends off with my family,” said Vickers.