Two retire during January ceremony

Vera Ball with the APG Garrison's Directorate of Public Works shares a few remarks during the Installation Retirement Ceremony at the Ball Conference Center Jan. 26, 2017. Ball retired with 34 years of service. | U.S. Army photo

Two civilians were recognized for their service to the nation during the Installation Retirement Ceremony at the Ball Conference Center Jan. 26.

Mary Woods, the Deputy Program Executive Officer for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical, presided over the ceremony and presented awards. The honorees included Marc D. Gietter, of the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, and Vera H. Ball with the APG Garrison’s Directorate of Public Works.

Woods commended the retirees whose combined total service totaled more than 69 years.

“What they did every day made a difference to Soldiers somewhere that were deployed, and so I would really like to thank them for that and for their service,” She said.

The ceremony included music from the U.S. Army Field Band Pentagon Winds, from Fort Meade, Maryland.

Marc D. Gietter |U.S. Army photo

Marc D. Gietter

Marc Gietter was awarded the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award signed by Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, commander of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command and Department of the Army certificates of appreciation and retirement signed by CERDEC Director Henry J. Muller Jr.

Gietter hails from Newark, New Jersey, and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in engineering management from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He began his federal career in 1981 as an industrial engineer with the Tactical Shelters Branch of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, or CECOM, when it was located at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.

His career highlights include earning the U.S. Army Materiel Command Weapon Systems Manager of the Quarter Award in 1991. He was also part of the team that won the AMC Integrated Product Team of the Year Award in 2002. Gietter culminates his federal career as an electronics engineer with the CERDEC Command, Power and Integration Directorate . He officially retired Jan. 3 with more than 35 years of government service.

Gietter said he had a “great” career.

“I can honestly say that it has been a great 35 years,” he said. “I was able to do a lot of different things, see a lot of different things and go to a lot of different places.”

Gietter is married and has two daughters. He plans to pursue work as a consultant.

Vera H. Ball |U.S. Army photo

Vera H. Ball

Vera H. Ball received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service and DA certificates of appreciation and retirement signed by APG Garrison Commander Col. James E. Davis.

Ball was born in Baltimore and attended Northern High School and Baltimore City Community College. She served in private industry from 1975 to 1982. She began her federal service in 1982 as a clerk typist at the U.S. Social Security Administration. In 1983 she accepted a temporary position as a clerk typist at APG, and in 1985 she became a permanent federal employee with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Later that year, she accepted a position with the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and Schools, which was then located on APG. She also held numerous positions in the Office of the Garrison Commander in 2004 and the Plans, Analysis and Integration Office in 2008. She culminated her career as an office automation assistant with the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division, and officially retired Dec. 30, 2016, with 34 years of service.

Ball thanked God and her family for supporting her throughout her career.

“It was the most rewarding career that I could have,” she said.

Ball is married and has three children and 12 grandchildren. She said she plans to travel and “enjoy life to the fullest.”

By Rachel Ponder, APG News