FORT RUCKER, Ala. (WDHN) — After a long and successful military career, Command Sgt. Major Brian Hauke finally received his retirement awards along with his wife Major Christi Hauke.
The couple has been at Fort Rucker for more than two years now and have a total of 56 years of service combined.
“Being married almost 24 years, we started in Army aviation at Fort Eustis, and I told my husband that this would be the best time to retire,” Christi Hauke said. “We started in aviation, and we’re finishing in aviation.”
The ceremony was not only emotional for Brian Hauke but also for the five generations of family he and his wife had in attendance.
The incoming leader, Command Sgt. Major James Wilson, was honored and humbled to be granted this position and to follow in Hauke’s footsteps.
“When we interviewed, you know, I met General Francis a couple times so I was a little bit nervous, and I think we had a great interview,” Wilson said. “It was mostly about family, and that tells you a lot about a person.
“He knows when you get to this level you probably know how to soldier what he wanted to know is what kind of person you are and sir I appreciate this opportunity greatly.”
The ceremony ended with the retiring of the colors and the Army band playing “Above the Best” and “The Army Goes Rolling Along.”
Army aviation is looking forward to what Wilson will bring to the future.