By Karl Man
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
6:00 PM CDT, May 31, 2012
(FORT RILEY, Kan.)
Only 24 active-duty soldiers can say they served in the Vietnam War, and Fort Riley Garrison Chaplain Col. Edwin Ahl is one of them.
After serving in three wars - Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom - and about 40 years of military experience, Ahl retired from active-duty service Thursday morning.
“You know I tell people you cut me and I bleed infantry blue”, says Ahl.
At Thursday’s retirement ceremony from Fort Riley Ahl talked about his home life that he is looking forward to.
“I have my daughter teaching me color coordination because I won’t be wearing uniform”.
“It’s a good feeling knowing that I will be retired”, adds Ahl.
As chaplain Ahl was the person to talk to as soldiers battled through war, all along he was the man to lean on that always had the right piece of advice to share with someone in need.
“May God bless the United States Army, may God bless Fort Riley, Kansas and may God bless America”, concluded the chaplain.
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