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The Fort Richardson Directorate of Public Works said goodbye to 12 employees July 24 at a mass retirement ceremony.

Larry Goranson began his federal service career in the Air Force from Aug. 21, 1964, to Aug. 21, 1968. He began with the civil service Dec. 15, 1980, as a carpenter. He completed his civil service career as a locksmith with the Directorate of Public Works at Fort Richardson after 28 years of service July 31. He said he will spend his retirement fishing, camping and fishing even more.

Larry Goranson
 

Wayne Holmes began his federal service career in the Air Force in October 1963. His civil service career began March 9, 1986, as a pipefitter and welder. He will complete his civil service career as a Water Treatment Plant Operator with the Directorate of Public Works at Fort Richardson. He will retire Aug. 31 with more than 24 years of federal and civilian service. As a retiree, Holmes said he will do volunteer work, hunt, fish and have more fun than the law allows in Alaska.

Wayne Holmes
 

Ronald Janson began his federal service career in the Army from Dec. 24, 1968, to Nov. 5, 1970. He began his civil service career Sept. 28, 1988, as a water plant operator and will complete his career as a water plant supervisor. He will retire with more than 20 years federal and civilian service. Janson said he will reside in Alaska and spend his time hunting birds, restoring a 1965 El Camino and completing his everlasting “honey-do list.”

Ronald Janson
 

Terry Landis began his federal service career in 1974 as a high voltage electrician in the Air Force and his civilian service career in 1979. He will complete his career as a facility management specialist with the Directorate of Public Works at Fort Richardson. He is retiring following more than 35 years of military and civilian service. Landis said he plans to reside in Alaska during the summers and live somewhere warm during the winter months.

Terry Landis
 

Les Ledwon began his federal service career in the Air Force and his civil service career as a carpenter. He retired as a maintenance mechanic with the Directorate of Public Works at Fort Richardson July 31 following more than 37 years of civilian and federal service. Ledwon and his family will reside in New York.

Les Ledwon
 

Mitchell Popa began his federal service career in the Navy from July 15, 1975, to July 21, 1983. His civil service career began May 21, 1985, and he will complete his career Aug. 13 as an electrical power controller with the Directorate of Public Works at Fort Richardson. He will retire following more than 23 years of civilian service and eight years of military service. Popa, his wife, Gretchen, and his son, Tristan, will reside in Eagle River.

Mitchell Popa
 

Frances Raught began her civil service career Jan. 13, 1977, as a commissary cashier and will conclude her career as a locksmith with the Directorate of Public Works at Fort Richardson Aug. 31 following more than 31 years of service. Raught said she will spend winters in New Mexico and summers in Alaska spending time with her family, playing sports and riding her Harley Davidson.

Frances Raught
 

Thomas Rutigliano began his federal service career March 1968 to December 1971 as a member of the Air Force. He began his civil service career as a metal shop worker with the Directorate of Public Works in 1979 and retired as a contract inspector July 31 with the Directorate of Public Works at Fort Richardson following more than 32 years of federal and civilian service. Rutigliano said he will be cleaning out the shop until his wife retires next spring, and they will travel south for the winter.

Thomas Rutigliano
 

Grady Wagner began his federal service career in the Navy, working more than nine years as an electrician’s mate. His civil service career began Dec. 5, 1988, and he will retire Aug. 13 as an electric power controller with the Directorate of Public Works at Fort Richardson with 20 years of civilian service. Wagner said he will spend his time as a teacher in the Matanuska Valley.

Grady Wagner
 

Stephen Kenison began his federal service career in 1979 as a railroad repair specialist. He completed his career as a high voltage electrician at the Directorate of Public Works at Fort Richardson July 31. He will retire with more than 30 years of civilian service. Kenison said he will travel to see family on the East Coast.

Stephen Kenison
 

Harvey Kahn began his federal service career in 1969 in the Navy and his civilian service career as a maintenance mechanic in May 1989. He completed his career as a contract performance evaluator with the Directorate of Public Works at Fort Richardson July 31 following more than 33 years of military and civilian service. Kahn said he will continue to reside in Alaska and will finish up home improvement projects.

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Terry Walters Sr. began his federal service career in the Army. His civil service career began Oct. 17, 1983, and he retired July 13 as a water treatment plant operator with the Directorate of Public Works following more than 25 years of service. Walters said he is not sure what he will do or where he will reside during his retirement.

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