I'm Retired! Almost

After 23 years of service, I put the uniform on for the last time on January 8, 2006. I'll be officially retired military February 1, 2006. I will retire as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3) from the Army National Guard. I did four years active duty and the rest in the Army National Guard.

I want to personally thank the Utah Army National Guard for supporting me throughout the years. In particular, I want to thank CW3 Dave Lucero and the DPI section for being such a great team to work with. Here's a picture. I'm the shorter guy in the middle. :)

The Utah Army National Guard is a wonderful organization that takes great pride in serving the United States of America.

I really didn't have to go through as much hardship as many soldiers have in 20+ years of service. I did the normal service schools basic training, Warrant Officer Candidate School, etc. but I've never had to put my life on the line as many of our brave men and women have in recent years. Whether you agree with our efforts in the middle east or not, please support our men and women in uniform. They serve with great personal sacrifice. Their families serve by plodding along at life while their loved ones are off serving their country. I've never personally met or heard of any soldier an any service of the United States that regrets serving their country. They miss their families and fear for their lives but in the end, they get the mission done with great honor. Thanks to all you who have served and to the families as well. Thanks to the ones who have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their life for their country. You will not be forgotten.

May God continue to bless the U.S.A!
CW3 David Botterill, Retired

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