Talladega fire chief retires from the military
by Chris Norwood
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Talladega Fire Chief Danny Warwick will be retiring from the U.S. military after 34 years of service and three deployments in Iraq.
Talladega Fire Chief Danny Warwick will be retiring from the U.S. military after 34 years of service and three deployments in Iraq.
TALLADEGA - Fire Chief Danny B. Warwick announced this week that he is retiring from the United States military after 34 years of service, including three deployments in Iraq.

“He served with honor and distinction in numerous positions associated with his (military occupational specialties),” specifically transportation, according to a press release. “His unwavering dedication to duty and unparalleled professionalism, respect from subordinates, peers and superiors alike. He served on three combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and mentored soldiers and platoon leadership on a wide spectrum of theater and cultural topics and increased their readiness for deployment.”

Warwick retires with the rank of master sergeant, E8. Most recently, for the past year and a half or so, he served with the 403 Transportation Detachment. Prior to that, he said he served in the 1188 Transportation Terminal Battalion based in Georgia. His first deployment to Iraq was shortly after being named fire chief in 2006. His mission on that deployment involved locating government shipping containers in forward operating areas that had not been returned, and returning them. When he first arrived, the government was paying up to $4 million per day to rent shipping containers to replace the ones that were never returned. By the time he came home, that figure was down to about $1.5 million.

His most recent deployment, which ended in August 2011, involved drawing down the bases in Iraq and determining which equipment stayed, which went back to the States (and where) and what needed to go to Afghanistan.

He was given a distinguished performance of service from July 2010 to July 2011, according to the release, and “his ultimate goal has always been to provide superb support, acquisition assistance and technical expertise to ensure the safety and well-being of all Americans and fellow soldiers (and) to ensure the job was done and done well.”

Warwick offered thanks to “the employees, the city officials, friends and family that supported this endeavor. Your cards, letters, care packages and prayers were appreciated. My personal relationship with God and deeds of thoughtfulness always influenced each day. Please remember the fallen soldiers and those who fight for our freedom and the American way. God bless the United States of America.”

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