The careers of four members of Team APG — with a combined 137 years of service to the Army — were celebrated during an installation retirement ceremony at the Myer Auditorium Dec. 14.
The honorees included Col. Peter L. Mueller, command chaplain of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command; Guy Joseph of the Mid-Atlantic Region Network Enterprise Center; Janice Neal of Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic and Harold Brewer of the APG Garrison.
The ceremony was hosted by Maj. Gen. Randy Taylor, senior commander of APG and commanding general of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, and narrated by Vivian A. Jackson of APG’s Directorate of Human Resources.
Taylor pointed out how each of the four retirees had careers that were diverse in nature, but with a common goal.
“You can tell that what we produce here as a team really causes us to come together,” he said. “It truly illustrates the many facets necessary to enable Army readiness and Soldiers’ readiness. What we do here at APG takes a team of these four individuals and many, many more standing behind them.”
Chaplain Col. Peter L. Mueller
Mueller joined the Army after graduating high school in 1974, despite his father’s wishes for him to enter the ministry. After serving for four years, however, he followed in his father’s footsteps. He earned Masters in Divinity in 1984 and he was ordained as a Lutheran pastor.
Mueller re-entered active duty as a chaplain in December 1989, serving in the 4/13 Infantry Basic Training Battalion at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He had many assignments around the world and was deployed to Iraq in 2008.
His awards and decorations over the course of his 32 years of service include the Legion of Merit, multiple awards of the Meritorious Service, Army Commendation, Army Achievement and Army Good Conduct medals; and the Iraq Campaign and the Global War on Terrorism Service medals.
Mueller said he looks forward to being a full-time grandfather to his six grandchildren.
“This is bittersweet,” he said. “I can honestly say there were very few days I didn’t love being a Solider and being a chaplain but it’s time to have a new chapter and that’s ok too.”
Guy A. Joseph
Joseph spent 35 years of service in the Army. Prior to starting as a Department of the Army civilian in 2002, he had a 20-year career as a Soldier, serving in Korea, Germany and Tampa, Florida, where he was a program manager for the Global Command and Control System at MacDill Air Force Base.
As a civilian, he started as an information assurance compliance manager in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. Prior to coming to APG in 2014, he was the area support director for Team 4, which consisted of Network Enterprise Centers in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. At APG, he was the director of the Mid-Atlantic Region Network Enterprise Center.
Over the course of his Army career, Joseph earned the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service, Army Meritorious Service, Joint Service Commendation andArmy Commendation medals; the Bronze Order of Mercury; the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service and the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.
“This has been a great experience,” he said. “It was one of the toughest jobs I’ve had in my life but it’s been very rewarding.”
Janice E. Neal
Neal, who goes by “Ginger,” entered federal service at APG in 1981, first as a data entry operator to the Directorate of Combat Developments Secretary. She ended her career as a secretary for Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic.
She received 26 letters of appreciation, 34 exceptional appraisals, 12 commander’s coins, 30 certificates of achievement and 63 certificates of training over her 36-year career that spanned 10 commanders.
Neal is CPR and First Aid certified, a certified EKG technician, a certified medical transcriptionist, a certified nursing assistant anda certified driver education instructor for the state of Maryland. She is also a qualified instructor for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment Training.
As she explained to the audience at the Myer Auditorium, she kept in mind several foundations as she reported to work each day.
“The golden rule, kindness, loving one another and smiling,” she said. “These aren’t wrinkles, they’re laugh lines — and I earned every one of them.”
Harold L. Brewer
After a 20-year career as a Soldier in the Army, which included deployments to Korea and Saudi Arabia and ended in 1998, Brewer returned to the Army as a civilian in 2003, when he began his civilian career as a security guard working for the APG Directorate of Emergency Services.
Brewer said he worked with good leaders the last 14 years, who inspired him to always continue to do a job until it was finished.
He said he’ll miss many of the people he worked with over the years.