Air Force Retirement Ceremony at Andrews AFB
When a military member first enlists or receives a commission, retirement isn't the first thing that comes to mind. It's usually how am I going to get through Basic Military Training (BMT) or Officer Field Training. However, retirement seems to sneak up on military members; especially when you're having such a great time and enjoy serving and protecting the country you love.
About a month ago, I was on the telephone with a fellow Air Force spouse discussing photographing her husband's retirement ceremony at The Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. I'm always honored when families entrust Tamieka Smith Photography to capture their most treasured memories that will be discussed and shown to future generations. The Air Force Memorial is located in Arlington, Virginia overlooking The Pentagon, The Washington Monument, and U.S. Capital. It was the perfect retirement location for the Fitzgerald's.
We had been experiencing rain all week long, so we were conversing a back-up plan just in case we got rained out. Thankfully it didn't rain; but it was a little foggy. Lieutenant Colonel Fitzpatrick was surrounded by his wife, children, Mom, extended family, friends, and coworkers as he was pin with the military retirement pin and received his signed letter of retirement from President Barack Obama.