It was a muggy morning at Mount Vernon as we celebrated the Air Force retirement of Brigadier General Jeff Valenzia. With 29 years of dedicated service, Gen Valenzia has left an indelible mark on the military community. Friends, family and colleagues joined to acknowledge his outstanding career and express their gratitude for his unwavering commitment.
The morning began with the arrival fanfare and musical honors, as is tradition when a military general retires. Then Lieutenant General Jones shared some meaningful and humorous stories about his experience with Gen Valenzia. He recognized the entire Valenzia family and noted the important role they played in Jeff’s career. After his remarks, he presented Gen Valenzia with a Distinguished Service Medal.
Jeff’s wife, JoAnne, had the honor of pinning on his retirement pin. Following this moment, it was Jeff’s turn to share some remarks. He humbly reflected on his journey, highlighting the unpredictable nature of military life. Having experienced 17 different assignments and 3 remote tours, he acknowledged the resilience and adaptability required to navigate the ever-changing landscape of his career. His heartfelt gratitude extended to his wife, children, parents, and sisters for their unwavering support and sacrifice. Additionally, he expressed deep appreciation to his colleagues and friends for their invaluable camaraderie and encouragement.
As Gen Jeff Valenzia embarks on the next chapter of his life, his Air Force retirement ceremony served as a poignant moment of recognition and gratitude. It was a privilege to have witnessed his dedication and unwavering commitment to our country. If you or your loved one is approaching an Air Force retirement, I would be honored to document the day for you. Please reach out to me and we can talk through the details!
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