Two retire in installation’s December ceremony

(From left) Jyuji Hewitt, RDECOM executive deputy, congratulates Timothy M. Kogler and his wife Cathy Kogler along with RDECOM Command Sgt. Maj. James P. Snyder during the installation Retirement Ceremony at the Ball Conference Center Dec. 1, 2016. | U.S. Army photo by Lamont Harbison, USAG APG

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – APG hailed a civilian and a Soldier with a combined 58 years of service during the Installation Retirement Ceremony at the Ball Conference Center, Dec. 1.

From left, Jyuji Hewitt, RDECOM deputy to the commander, Sgt. 1st Class Shemya C. Brown and her father retired Master Sergeant Larry E. Brown and RDECOM Command Sgt. Maj. James P. Snyder pose together during the installation Retirement Ceremony at the Ball Conference Center Dec. 1, 2016. | U.S. Army photo by Lamont Harbison, USAG APG
From left, Jyuji Hewitt, RDECOM deputy to the commander, Sgt. 1st Class Shemya C.
Brown and her father retired Master Sergeant Larry E. Brown and RDECOM Command Sgt.
Maj. James P. Snyder pose together during the installation Retirement Ceremony at the
Ball Conference Center Dec. 1, 2016. | U.S. Army photo by Lamont Harbison, USAG APG

Timothy M. Kogler, a test manager with the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, or PEO IEW&S, retired after a 33-year career, and Sgt. 1st Class Shemya C. Brown of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, or CECOM, retired with 25 years of service to the nation.

The executive deputy to the commander of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Jyuji Hewitt, hosted the ceremony and presented awards, assisted by RDECOM Command Sgt. Maj. James P. Snyder.

Hewitt said he was proud to honor the retirees on behalf of the commander.

Timothy M. Kogler

Kogler began his career at APG as a mathematician with the U.S. Army Ballistic Research Laboratory. He served as a human factors engineer with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and on multiple projects as a systems engineer and test manager with PEO IEW&S. His final position was test manager for Product Manager, Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University; and master’s degrees from, Florida Tech and Virginia Tech. His past awards include two Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; ARL Analyst of the Year Award; the Army MANPRINT Award and the Army’s Greatest Invention Award in 2011. He retired Nov. 26 with 33 years of service.

Kogler was awarded the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award and DA certificates of appreciation and retirement signed by Maj. Gen. Kirk F. Vollmecke, PEO IEW&S.

His wife, Cathy received the DA Certificate of Appreciation, also signed by Vollmecke.

Kogler thanked his coworkers and supervisors past and present and said he would not have achieved had others not seen potential in him.

Sgt. 1st Class Shemya C. Brown

A native of New Bern, North Carolina, Brown entered the Army from Stuttgart, Germany in August 1991. Her past assignments include Germany; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; and U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Nashville, Tennessee. Along with various leadership training certificates and achievements, she holds an Associate degree from Austin Peay State University.

Her past awards include the Bronze Star, Army Commendation and Army Achievement medals; as well as the Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign medals.

Brown ends her career as a CECOM equipment coordinator/field team member. She retires Feb. 1, 2017 with 25 years of service.

Brown was awarded the Army Meritorious Service Medal signed by Maj. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, APG senior leader and commander of CECOM; the Presidential Certificate of Appreciation signed by President Barack Obama; the DA Certificate of Retirement signed by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley; and a U.S. flag and retirement pin.

Brown expressed gratitude to every Soldier and civilian she’s interacted with during her career, especially father, retired Master Sgt. Larry E. Brown of Fayetteville, North Carolina, who joined her on stage. She said his professionalism inspired her to serve in the Army and she thanked him for his guidance and support throughout her life.

“I thank you for always being here for me,” she said.

Installation Retirement Ceremonies

Hosted the last Thursday each month (except in November and December when hosted the first Thursday of the month) by the APG Garrison, Installation Retirement Ceremonies include awards and decorations provided to retirees and their spouses. Photo discs are provided to each retiree in the weeks following the ceremony.

All Soldiers and civilians are eligible to participate, regardless of unit or organization.

For more information, contact Lisa M. Waldon at 410-278-4353 or email lisa.m.waldon.civ@mail.mil.