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A retirement party for Deborah Coffman took place on Feb. 28 in Building 810 to celebrate her 23 years of service to the government.

Maj. Gen. Joseph Caravalho, Jr., commander, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, expressed gratitude on behalf of USAMRMC, and presented Coffman with several plaques, pictures, and other awards for her service. Caravalho remarked that her long and colorful career was “a book in the making.” Several other speakers also praised the work done by Coffman for the unit.

Coffman has served in several intelligence positions over the course of her career, during and prior to her employment at Fort Detrick. She served as Naval Security Group commander from 1989 to 1996, then with Naval Information Warfare Activity until 2000. In 2002, Coffman joined the Fort Detrick community as deputy G3 for USAMRMC.

“We will be at a loss without Deborah,” G3 Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Clark said. “She will be sorely missed.”

Speaking at the ceremony, Coffman praised the efforts of her co-workers, emphasizing the importance of teamwork in accomplishing the mission. She also expressed pride in all that they have accomplished over the past 12 years.

“We don’t come to work for the money,” Coffman said at the close of the event, “but because of our love for our country.”