Mandan News

Griffin retires after 27 years of Guard service

Col. Darcie Handt, Troop Command commander, shakes hands with Master Sgt. Douglas Griffin, a member of the Bismarck-based 68th Troop Command, to congratulate him on his retirement. Photo courtesy of North Dakota National Guard

 

By Pfc. Zachary Schuster, 116th Public Affairs Detachment

 

A Mandan native and 27-year veteran of military service was honored at a retirement ceremony Oct. 21 at the North Dakota Army National Guard’s Raymond J. Bohn Armory.

Master Sgt. Douglas Griffin, a member of the Bismarck-based 68th Troop Command, was also awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his achievements during more than 25 years of service as a food service noncommissioned officer in six different National Guard units.

“He’s been wearing a U.S. military uniform for 27 years,” said Army Col. Darcie Handt, commander for the 68th Troop Command, during the ceremony. “We truly appreciate all he’s done.”

Griffin also received a variety of certificates and keepsakes, including a retirement plaque and a presidential certificate of appreciation.

Griffin, who originally enlisted in 1979 as a combat medic, said he switched to food service out of a love of cooking and as a change of pace.

Griffin’s wife, Connie Griffin, also received a certificate of appreciation from Gen. George Casey, the U.S. Army chief of staff, for her support of her husband.

“Her unfailing support and understanding helped to make possible her husband’s lasting contribution to the nation,” Casey said in a letter accompanying the certificate.