Edward T. Buckley
said goodbye in a May 22 retirement ceremony in front of the headquarters building , as friends , family and colleagues gathered.
It's difficult to say goodbye after all these years , Buckley
said.The Army has been great to both me and my family..Buckley was appointed as the deputy commanding general of 7th ID Aug. 4
Before that , Buckley
served in a variety of command and staff assignments.He commanded 2nd Brigade , 7th Infantry , Fort Ord , Calif ; served as commander and aide-de-camp , 8th Infantry Division in Germany ; commander , 1st Battalion , 13th Infantry , 8th Infantry Division , Germany ; rifle platoon and scout platoon leader in the 8th Infantry ; assistant G-1 , 2nd Infantry Division , Korea ; assistant professor of military science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee ; S-3 and battalion executive officer for 2nd Battalion , 16th Infantry , 1st Infantry Division , Fort Riley , Kan. ; deputy director , J-5 , Headquarters , Forces Command ; deputy director , J-3 , Headquarters , United States Atlantic Command , Norfolk Va. ; executive officer to the commanding general , Training and Doctrine Command , Fort Monroe , Va. ; assistant division commander , 7th Infantry Division ; deputy commanding general , 5th United States Army ( Central ) , Fort Sam Houston , Texas ; and most recently , the assistant chief of staff for operations , Kosovo Forces , Pristina , Kosovo
Buckley's military education includes the Airborne , Ranger , Infantry Officer Basic Course , Infantry Officer Advanced Course , Army Staff College
, British Defense War College
and United States Army War College
said upon his
retirement , he
wife Vicki , plan to stay in the Colorado Springs area.He
said the reason for staying here is the community itself.You hear everyone say it as they get ready to leave a post , Buckley said
.But without a doubt , the relationship between Fort Carson and the local community is better than any other post..
31 years of service , Buckley
earned the Defense Superior Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster , Legion of Merit with four Oak Leaf Clusters , Defense Meritorious Service Medal , Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters , Joint Service Commendation Medal , Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster , Army Achievement Medal , Kosovo Campaign Medal , Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal , NATO Service Medal , German Honor Cross in Gold , the Ranger tab , Expert Infantryman's Badge and the Parachutist's Badge.