Vice Admiral Charles J. "Joe" Leidig retires after 39 years of service to the nation

“It’s been my honor to have been able to serve in uniform for as long as I have – 39 years as a Navy officer.”  Vice Admiral Charles J. “Joe” Leidig, Jr. was retired in a ceremony held in his honor and hosted by General David M. Rodriguez, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, June 28, 2013, in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by C. Martin Greeson, Visual Information Specialist, Stuttgart Training Support Center) "Vice Admiral Leidig, departing!" “It’s been my honor to have been able to serve in uniform for as long as I have – 39 years as a Navy officer.” Vice Admiral Charles J. “Joe” Leidig, Jr. was retired in a ceremony held in his honor and hosted by General David M. Rodriguez, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, June 28, 2013, in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by C. Martin Greeson, Visual Information Specialist, Stuttgart Training Support Center)
“After retiring from active duty, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to teach the next generation of Navy leaders when I assume a teaching position at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.”  Vice Admiral Charles J. “Joe” Leidig, Jr., and his wife, Meg, were fare-welled in a retirement ceremony held in his honor and hosted by General David M. Rodriguez, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, June 28, 2013, in Stuttgart, Germany.  VADM Leidig retired after 39 years of active duty service.  (Photo by C. Martin Greeson, Visual Information Specialist, Stuttgart Training Support Center) Fair winds and following seas “After retiring from active duty, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to teach the next generation of Navy leaders when I assume a teaching position at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.” Vice Admiral Charles J. “Joe” Leidig, Jr., and his wife, Meg, were fare-welled in a retirement ceremony held in his honor and hosted by General David M. Rodriguez, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, June 28, 2013, in Stuttgart, Germany. VADM Leidig retired after 39 years of active duty service. (Photo by C. Martin Greeson, Visual Information Specialist, Stuttgart Training Support Center)
Vice Admiral Charles J. “Joe” Leidig, Jr., right, was retired in a ceremony held in his honor and hosted by General David M. Rodriguez, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, June 28, 2013, in Stuttgart, Germany.  (Photo by C. Martin Greeson, Visual Information Specialist, Stuttgart Training Support Center) VADM Charles J. "Joe" Leidig retires after 39 years of service to the nation Vice Admiral Charles J. “Joe” Leidig, Jr., right, was retired in a ceremony held in his honor and hosted by General David M. Rodriguez, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, June 28, 2013, in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by C. Martin Greeson, Visual Information Specialist, Stuttgart Training Support Center)

After 39 years of service to the nation, Vice Admiral Charles J. "Joe" Leidig, Jr., and his wife, Meg, were honored in a retirement ceremony hosted by General David M. Rodriguez, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, on June 28 on Kelley Barracks. Leidig served as the Deputy to the Commander for Military Operations since August 2010.  Nearly 200 guests gathered to farewell VADM and Mrs. Leidig, who was also honored for her service to the Stuttgart military   community for raising and awarding tens of thousands of dollars in scholarship funds for deserving students of military families. VADM Leidig began his career as a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 and will come full circle as he transitions back to the Academy in Annapolis to teach the future leaders of the U.S. Navy.

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