Fort Gordon leader retires after 32 years of service

FORT GORDON, GA (WFXG) - The loud celebration at Fort Gordon on Thursday was the change of responsibility ceremony. CSM Ronald Pflieger says it's important to show the visible change of leadership.

"Doing the ceremony is very important. The younger generation of soldiers, airmen, marines, know how to do it," Pflieger said. "They see what right looks like. It's that one point in time where the mantle of responsibility for one ends and begins for another."

Pflieger is retiring after serving three decades in the Army.

"Major Pflieger thank you for 30 years of dedicated service to the United States army," said CSM Travis Cherry.

He described his retirement, as bittersweet.  

"Kind of mixed emotions, I love what I do," Pflieger said. "If I could do it for another 32 years, I would, but now its time for my family."

Phlieger said he wasn't the only one that sacrificed over the years, his family did too. His wife, Lori, was recognized.

"She has been behind me 100 percent. She keeps me grounded," Pflieger said. "She won't let me forget where I came from."

During the ceremony, he passed the sword representing leadership responsibilities CSM Travis Cherry and Valerie F. Greene.

Cherry is the new CSM for the US Army Cyber Center of Excellence & Fort Gordon, and Greene is the CSM for the Signal Regiment.

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