FORT SILL, OK (KSWO)- Fort Sill said goodbye to one of their own this morning. After 30 years of service, Colonel Paul Hosselopp is retiring.
Hossenlopp has served as the Fires Center of Excellence's Chief of Staff for the last two years. And Fort Sill is actually where he started his military career back in 1987.General Brian McKiernan spoke at today's ceremony. He spoke highly of him, calling Hossenlopp an 'exemplary soldier'.
When Hossenlopp took the podium, he made sure to thank all of those in attendance.... But took a special moment to thank his family:
"What do you say after 30 years? Who do you thank? And so again, like I said last night, it's a hard question but then I thought about it a little bit and it's actually an easy answer...You thank family."
Hossenlopp went on to thank each family member. He says his father is the reason he joined the Army. But the person he spoke most highly of is his wife.
He says of all the certificates and awards he's received, he's more proud of his marriage certificate than anything. Hossenlopp will be replaced by Colonel Todd Wasmund. He will arrive next month.