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Andersen shows retirees appreciation

Retirees gather at the Coral reef fitness center Nov. 15, 2014, on Andersen Air Force Base Guam. Many organizations were present to support Retiree Appreciation Day and provide local area retired military member’s information and support from base leaders. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Adarius Petty.)

Retirees gather at the Coral reef fitness center Nov. 15, 2014, on Andersen Air Force Base Guam. Many organizations were present to support Retiree Appreciation Day and provide local area retired military member’s information and support from base leaders. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Adarius Petty.)

Col. Tyrell Chamberlain, 36th Wing Vice commander, speaks at the Coral Reef Fitness Center Nov. 15 2014 on Andersen Air Force Base Guam. Chamberlain thanked all the retirees and family members for their prior service. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Adarius Petty.)

Col. Tyrell Chamberlain, 36th Wing Vice commander, speaks at the Coral Reef Fitness Center Nov. 15 2014 on Andersen Air Force Base Guam. Chamberlain thanked all the retirees and family members for their prior service. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Adarius Petty.)

Lt Col. Andrew Derosa, 554th RED HORSE Squadron commander, interacts with retirees at the Coral Reef Fitness Center Nov. 15 2014 on Andersen Air Force Base Guam. The retirees shared stories from their time served in the Armed Forces with active duty military members in attendance. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Adarius Petty.)

Lt Col. Andrew Derosa, 554th RED HORSE Squadron commander, interacts with retirees at the Coral Reef Fitness Center Nov. 15 2014 on Andersen Air Force Base Guam. The retirees shared stories from their time served in the Armed Forces with active duty military members in attendance. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Adarius Petty.)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, GUAM -- -- More than 120 retirees and their families attended the 12th annual Retiree Appreciation Day celebration held at the Coral Reef Fitness Center here Nov. 15.

The event was open to all retired military service members, their spouses, as well as widows and widowers of all service members.

"The main focus of this event was to show appreciation for our local retirees and to inform them on their entitlements the military" said Master Sgt. Karissa Gunter, 36th Force Support Squadron food service section chief and event organizer for the base.

Forty base agencies and organizations had booths set up to inform retirees of their entitlements and give away prizes such as gift certificates, free bowling and golf.

"Coordinating this event made me feel proud to serve and give back to those that paved the way for us," Gunter said.

Col. Tyrell Chamberlain, 36th Wing Vice Commander, spoke to the retirees about the visions the wing had to give them insight on the current focus of Team Andersen.

"Our retirees are the backbone of communities, most importantly this community," Chamberlain said. "They hold leadership positions in the local and federal government as well as private businesses. They mentor our youth, protect the environment, and assist fellow veterans. They are cherished, valuable members of society."  

Having this event is better for the retirees that may not be as informed of what benefits they can still get from the military; also others stay further so with all the services consolidated in one area makes it more convenient.