Maj. Gen. McDonald Retires At Fort Sill
Sat, 08/06/2016 – 3:43am Mitch Meador
Friends and family members of Maj. Gen. Mark and Connie McDonald gathered Friday to help them launch their well-deserved retirement after 36 years of dedicated Army service.
They were already building their dream log cabin in the hills of Tennessee during McDonald’s time as commanding general of Fort Sill and the Fires Center of Excellence, and they’re living there now. The 77th Army Band struck up “Rocky Top” in honor of the general before his retirement ceremony began, and band members would go on to sing “Old Soldiers Never Die” and play “Auld Lang Syne.”
Mark McDonald received the Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious service to the government over his 36-year career. His last assignment was as commanding general of U.S. Army Security Assistance Command and the Army Materiel Command Security Assistance Enterprise at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
Connie McDonald was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Award for her extraordinary contributions to the Security Assistance Command from June 2014 to June 2016. Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy noted that she led initiatives that enhanced the quality of life not only at Redstone Arsenal but also for subordinate commands at Fort Bragg, N.C., and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery, fired a 13-round salute in Mark McDonald’s honor, and 1st Sgt. Floyd Parker presented him a canister representing the last round.
Gerald Stuck, chief of the Fort Sill Half Section, returned the guidon of McDonald’s first cannon battery command, Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery, after it was retired from service.
McDonald received two U.S. flags, one from the Fort Sill Retiree Council and the other on behalf of Fourth District U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. The latter has flown over both the nation’s Capitol and the Old Post Quadrangle,