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POSTED: November 17, 2010 10:19 a.m.
On Sept. 30, five employees of the Fort Stewart Network Enterprise Center marched into retirement.
Each employee had dedicated numerous years to the Department for Defense and will take with them a total of 152 years of working knowledge, professionalism and memories.

Jan Arrington retired with 34 years three months of service. She began her career as a GS-2 supply clerk working for the Directorate of Logistics. She later worked for the Directorate of Contracting and Adjutant Generals office. In 1985 she began her career with the U.S. Army Information System Command, which later became Directorate of Information Management and then NEC in 2009. Her first NEC position was a GS-7 management analyst but she soon took a downgrade to a GS-5 target GS-11 computer specialist position. Her current position, information technology Specialist GS-12, is responsible for validating all installation information technology purchase requests.
Born in Ludowici and raised in Hinesville, Arrington now makes her home in Ellabell with her husband Dennis. They have also recently built a house in the mountains of Waynesville N.C., where she and her husband will eventually live full time. She has one daughter, Beckie and son-in-law, Kevin.
When asked what she will miss most about working at the NEC, Arrington said “The people will be what I remember most. All of those jobs were a blessing and I have gained countless friends and much knowledge from those experiences.”

Bruce Muncher will retired with 33 years of service. He is the only one of the retirees who has worked for the same organization for his entire career. Muncher saw five organizational name changes from Management Information System Office to Automation Management Office to USAISC to DOIM and finally NEC. Muncher began his career as a GS-3 control clerk, working strange hours and handling the paper reports, punched cards and microfiche for the MISO. He soon moved into a computer operator position. Month end and year end were always the busiest time with cases of printed reports and punched cards being produced. He then accepted a FORSCOM intern position as a target GS-9 computer programmer. After the two-year internship at Fort Stewart, he became the Forestry and the Military Personnel analyst. He later became the financial analyst and took over as GS-12 Chief of the Army Standard Information Management Systems. In 1992, he assumed the additional duties of chief of operations. He and his staff were instrumental in controlling the technical processing for the daily, monthly and annual year end close outs. In 1997 he became the installation IT and Non-IT Y2K coordinator. This position, combined with his other duties, required long hours, constant customer coordination and higher headquarters reporting. His efforts helped the installation acquire more than $440,000 to help correct non-Y2K compliant equipment. During the midst of Y2K, he also assumed the responsibilities of the installation point of contact for the Installation Support Modules. After Y2K, he served as information management officer IT training coordinator, Directorate Public Affairs Representative, Army Family Action Plan Steering Committee member, ergonomics POC and worked with the joint project Army Community Heritage Partnership Program. His final job was working for the NEC Information Assurance Branch as the Army Training and Certification Tracking System manager. Muncher is also the voice behind the Fort Stewart Emergency Broadcast System.
Through his lengthy career, he said he enjoyed working with the customers the most. He said “the customer may not always be right, but providing them with a timely valid response to their problem or issue is important”. Muncher, who was born in Germany but has lived in Hinesville since 1962, said he will miss his co-workers the most. “They become part of your family” he said.
In 2007, he helped found the non-profit organization Wreaths for Warriors Walk, (www.w4ww.org) which each December, places a wreath at each of the trees that line Warriors Walk. “Each ceremony requires allot of work to coordinate” he says, “but each of us should give back to our soldiers and these families who have sacrificed so much.”
Muncher will continue to work, support and be seen around the installation, either through his monthly articles in the Frontline or enjoying his ‘Wildbunch’ friends at Marne Call every Friday night.  

Elaine Walker retired with 32 years 10 months of service. She began her career in 1968 as a GS-3 voucher examiner for the Finance and Accounting Office. After three years, she moved to Fort Ord for a year and then back to Fort Stewart to work with the Travel Office until 1977. Walker took a break in Government service from 1977 to 1986 to raise her four daughters. In 1986, she came back to work at Fort Stewart, working for 3 months at Winn Army Community Hospital and then accepting a GS-3 Contracts Management position working for USAISC. This entry position and transfer to USAISC began her career with NEC. Through years of hard work, she attained her current position as GS-11 contract officer representative for all Fort Stewart and Hunter IT, local area network and telephone contracts.
When asked what she will miss most about working at Fort Stewart, Walker summed it up in two words, “The people.” She was born in Jesup. Later, her father enlisted in the Air Force. His enlistment had the family making many moves to various states, to include Alaska, Nebraska, Michigan and Florida, as well as Puerto Rico. She currently resides in Hinesville with her husband Gary and has four daughters, Nicole (Derek) Landon, Marisa (Chuck) Grandmason, Devin (Brett) Rundle and Brooke (Ernie) Guyett; and four stepchildren, Carla Hohenhouse, Frank Hohenhouse, Brad Walker and Nikki Walker Mosely.
When asked about her retirement, Walker said, “It is time to enjoy the fruits of my labor. I am looking forward to this next phase of my life but will truly miss the people I have worked with for so many years”.

Linda Moseley retired with 26 years of service. She began her government career in 1984 working as a GS-3 mail and file clerk for DOL. In 1985 she was promoted to secretary GS-4 with DOL, Maintenance Division. Then in 1986, she transferred to USAISC as a secretary in the Administrative Branch. In March 2005, she and several other DOIM employees were transferred to the Directorate of Human Resources Informational Services Branch in an effort to align services. Finally in September 2008, her position was transferred back to the DOIM. Through years of hard work and dedication, she attained her present job within the NEC as a GS-9 help desk specialist and COR for the Self Service Office Copier Program, the NEC Blackberry and cell phone contract and alternate COR on various other contracts.
Born in Alma, she and her family moved to Jesup when she was 4. Moseley continues to live in Jesup near her two sons, Kevin and Kell, and daughter-in-law Teresa.
Mosley said she will miss “the people” in retirement. Moseley has varied activities planned. She said her plans are “No schedules, enjoying crafting, reading and travel; spending time with grandchildren; attending tennis matches and soccer games and attending baton corps competitions with her granddaughter.”

Vivian Smith retired with 26 years of service. She began her government career in 1984, serving in the U.S. Army for seven years. After basic training, she served in Korea, Kansas and Hawaii. After her ETS in Hawaii in 1991, she began her civilian DOD career as a GS-4 medical clerk at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii. In 1992, she started working as a communications clerk with 30th Signal Command, Schofield Barracks Hawaii. In 1994 she headed back east when she accepted a communication clerk position with the 1/75th Ranger Battalion, Hunter Army Airfield. Then in 2000 she started working for the DOIM as an information technology specialist working in the Telecommunication Center.
When asked which of her varied jobs was the most memorable, she said “The communication clerk position at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. This opened my IT career horizon and the location was beautiful.”
She said he would also miss the people she worked with.
Smith summed up her career as “great.” She was born and raised in LaGrange and now makes her home in Allenhurst. She is a licensed realtor with Realty Executive – Liberty and is the proprietor of the $20 and Below Accessories, LLC in downtown Hinesville.

 

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