“What do you say to 39 years of service?” asked Maj. Gen. Kirk Vollmecke, the Program Executive Officer for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Signal (PEW IEW&S), during the retirement of Karen Foley, a Program Analyst with PEO IEW&S.
“I would like to thank you. I wish you all the best as you start a new chapter in your life and career,” Vollmecke told Foley. “You should always remember that your contributions for almost four decades have had a direct impact on the ability for our men and women in uniform to conduct their missions and return home safely.”
Foley started her five decades-spanning career at age 18 right out of high school, in a typing pool with the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn, Maryland in 1977. In 1978, she transferred to the Army. Over the years she moved up the ranks as her responsibilities increased. She went from budget assistant to program analyst, and finally a senior program analyst managing a multi-billion dollar budget for PEO IEW&S from 2011 to her retirement.
Vollmecke presented Foley with a retirement certificate, a letter of appreciation and a Civilian Service medal and Tina Cote, the PEO IEW&S Business Management Division chief, gave Foley a coin box containing the coins of the program offices within PEO IEW&S.
Vollmecke also presented Foley’s father, John Strole, with a certificate of appreciation for his service in Korea and for his support of his daughter’s storied career.
“You’re all an amazing team; my second family,” said Foley to her colleagues. “As Winnie the Pooh says ‘How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard?’”
By John Higgins, PEO IEW&S