Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Commander Col. Kimberly Peebles welcomes a retiree to the 60th annual Retiree Appreciation Day Oct. 3, 2018, at the community center. Vendors, joint base directorates and base command welcomed close to 100 retirees and spouses to the event. Photo by Jim Dresbach

JBM-HH to host annual Retiree Appreciation Day

On Friday, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall will host its annual Retiree Appreciation Day in the JBM-HH Community Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Retired Sgt. 1st Class Ketty Henderson, a retiree council co-chair, said the day is about providing retirees an opportunity to get a flu shot, learn about changes in Tricare for Life, ask medical questions from the panel and other questions that might arise. She added that this year’s theme is the Gulf War and Global War on Terrorism.

“(This day is about) putting out messages needed and celebrate the retiree community,” said Henderson.

“It is only fitting that we set aside this day every year to express our gratitude to you and your Families,” said JBM-HH Commander Col. Kimberly A. Peeples, in the annual retiree bulletin. “The RAD is a great time to reconnect with friends and other veterans, to take advantage of the day’s events and it gives me the opportunity to provide you an in-person update on significant events and changes on the base.”

The day begins with a welcome and registration. After that retirees will have a chance to visit information tables or participate in health screenings. Before lunch retirees will load a bus to Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknows.

Peeples and JBM-HH Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Harris will provide remarks along with retired Col. Monti Zimmerman, a retiree council co-chair. Harris will recognize various war theater veterans. RAD’s guest speaker will be State Sen. Douglas Mastriano, the state senator for 33rd District in Pennsylvania. Mastriano is also a retired Army colonel.

This year also marks 40 years of the retiree council which can be traced to January 1979, when then Commanding General of the Military District of Washington Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dohlman, created the MDW Retiree Council, according to the retiree council. Over the years, the council submitted scores of recommendations to the Department of the Army Retirement Council with some adopted and some declined. Most of the recommendations were within the medical realm. One of the major activities of the council has been the organization of the yearly Retiree Appreciation Day. During the past few years, RAD has recognized sequentially the accomplishments of veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the 100-year anniversary of World War I.