District of Columbia National Guard service members, family members and friends gather to honor the retirement of Command Sgt. Maj. Michael F. Brooks, State Senior Enlisted Leader, District of Columbia National Guard, on November 5, 2022, at D.C Armory in Washington, D.C.
The retirement program’s welcoming remarks were given by Maj. Gen. Sherrie L. McCandless.
“Today we want to say thanks for everything you have done throughout your 29 years here”, said McCandless. She also presented Brook’s family with gifts and thanked them for their dedication and service. “Military families take on a tremendous burden of service and are crucial to the individual’s success.”
Brooks began his military career in the United States Army in 1994 and completed his One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning Georgia. Brooks served 11 years on active duty with assignments including in the 82nd Airborne Division, Eighth Army, XVIII Airborne Corps and Third infantry before joining the District of Columbia National Guard.
During Brooks’ remarks, he talked about his active duty assignments and National Guard career. He also thanked his friends and family and service members who helped become what he was today.
“I couldn't have done this without you. I was inspired by my leaders,” said Brooks. “I’ve done a lot in my career and I took that confidence with me every time I went somewhere.”
Brooks received various awards during the ceremony including being presented with a National Guard Minuteman statue, Keeper of the Colors statue and a Colors display which have been used on various missions.
He was also presented with a retirement certificate during the ceremony for completion of service.
Brooks thanked his wife, children and previous coworkers before presenting them with gifts for their support throughout his 30-year career.
“I couldn’t have done it without you “ said Brooks regarding his family while recanting memories of his family life and military career.
Many supporters and friends came from his past positions to bid him farewell during his ceremony
The ceremony ended with applause and cheers for the recently retired Command Sgt. Maj. Micheal F. Brooks.