The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support said goodbye to two civilian employees during a retirement ceremony January 30 in Philadelphia.
Florence Hall, from the Construction and Equipment supply chain, retired after 50 years of federal service. Nick Sistrun, from the Command Support Office, retired after working for 35 years with the federal government.
DLA Troop Support Deputy Commander Richard Ellis presided over the ceremony. He congratulated the retirees on their combined 85 years of federal service.
“It is a privilege to have this opportunity to celebrate those civilians who have given so much of themselves in support of our warfighters serving around the world,” Ellis said. “I always brag to any visitors that our workforce is second to none.”
Ellis presented Hall and Sistrun with certificates of retirement, DLA Troop Support mementos, and commander’s coins. Certificates of appreciation were given to Hall’s husband Richard and Sistrun’s wife Cassandra, who works in the Construction and Equipment supply chain.
Hall’s career began in 1969 as a peripheral equipment operator for the Defense Industrial Supply Center. As technology and computing changed, so did Hall’s professional roles with the agency. During her time with Troop Support, her work in the scanning room helped eliminate stacks of folders and paperwork from the desks of the workforce. She retired as a computer assistant.
“I just want to thank everybody for coming,” Hall said. “It’s been a long journey.”
Sistrun began his federal career in 1985 as an inventory management specialist at the Defense Industrial Supply Center. His other roles included working in the Total Quality Management and Public Affairs offices. He retired as a program analyst in the Command Support Office. One of his biggest achievements was helping to establish the Culture Improvement Program as a result of the data collected from the annual culture climate survey.
“I want to thank you for all your support that you’ve given me, as well as the warfighters of course,” Sistrun said. “In the 35 year journey, I’ve come to know many of you here. I just wanted to say you made it a lot easier to come to work.”
He also gave special thanks to his wife, who he met on his first day at work.
“We fell in love over the beginning years of my career, and she has been my rock and my special confidant throughout everything,” he said.
Ellis closed the ceremony by wishing the retirees well in their retirements and future endeavors.