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SDDC’s Walls leaves 40-year legacy of service

Bernard Walls, the Logistics Division chief for the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, addresses attendees of his retirement ceremony.
Bernard Walls, the Logistics Division chief for the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, addresses attendees of his retirement ceremony.

Surrounded by family and friends, Bernard Walls, the Logistics Division chief for the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, was recognized for 40 years of Federal service during a retirement ceremony held in his honor Oct. 27 in the Gen. Duane H. Cassidy Conference Center at Scott Air Force Base.

Bryan Samson, SDDC’s Deputy to the Commander, officiated the ceremony. Clay Carter, SDDC’s G1/4 director and Walls’ supervisor, also participated as part of the official ceremony party.

This is tougher than I thought it would be. You are my family away from my family ... and 28 years has been a joy.

Bernard Walls, who is retiring as Logistics Division Chief for the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command

Walls’ first 12 years were spent in an Army uniform as a supply sergeant where he served two stateside tours as well as overseas assignments in Korea, Japan and Germany. In 1989, he joined SDDC—designated at that time as the Military Traffic Management Command—and has served the command ever since.

Several times during the ceremony, Walls was recognized for his diligence in leading SDDC’s move to Scott AFB resulting from the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission.

Walls was also recognized for his volunteerism in coaching the SDDC basketball team (which won the Scott Air Force Base base championship in 2016) and his service to his and other local churches.

Walls was also recognized for his volunteerism in coaching the SDDC basketball team (which won the Scott Air Force Base base championship in 2016) and his service to his and other local churches.

After receiving his Certificate of Retirement and several other awards and gifts, Walls took the stage to deliver a moving speech. Emotions ran high both for him and those sitting in the audience.

“This is tougher than I thought it would be,” he said with tears welling in his eyes. “You are my family away from my family ... and 28 years has been a joy.”

He took the time to single out several people attending the ceremony—including some from the early days of his career. Walls also recognized and thanked his wife, Barbara, simply stating that she is “the love of his life, and his rock.”

“I couldn’t have accomplished this without the support I have received along the way,” said Walls.

Walls noted that the decision to retire was difficult, but one that happened due to a family vacation he had taken the year before.

During that vacation, he spent several days with some of his children and his three grandchildren—Kaihre, Abby and Cameron.

The time with them made Walls realize he was ready to enjoy life with his family.

Before ending his remarks, Walls imparted some words of wisdom he hoped would become a personal charge to those in the audience.

Take the time to stop, smile, and greet everyone you meet. You never know what they may have going on in their life, and you may make it a little better for them just by saying ‘Hi.’ This could make the world a better place.

Bernard Walls, who is retiring as Logistics Division Chief for the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command

“We need to encourage and help each other ... building relationships is what it is really all about,” Walls said. “Take the time to stop, smile, and greet everyone you meet. You never know what they may have going on in their life, and you may make it a little better for them just by saying ‘Hi.’ This could make the world a better place.”

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