Arnold retires from guard
Frank Arnold is well-known around Nevada. During Bushwhacker Days Arnold plays a major part in organizing and coordinating the effort. During car shows people can expect to see Arnold's fire engine red 1948 Ford half-ton pickup on display. Recently Arnold added artist to his resume, he just finished painting a rendition of a Missouri National Guard Minuteman posed in front of a flag in the shape of the map of Missouri on the floor of the National Guard Armory on West Cherry.
Arnold is a 41-year veteran of the Missouri National Guard and retired in August as first sergeant, a rank he held for two decades as a shop supervisor for the Guard and now works part time as head of maintenance at the Nevada armory. Saturday morning he was honored by Brigadier General David Irwin, commander of the 35th Engineer Brigade of the Missouri National Guard, for his years of service.
Irwin praised Arnold for his service, and for his willingness to help both his superiors and those he led. Irwin also praised Arnold's wife Pat, as well as the friends and families of National Guard members.
"The Guard wouldn't be able to do what it does without the families who contribute so much to make this a success," Irwin said as he passed a certificate to Pat.
Through more than four decades of service, Arnold has been on humanitarian missions from New Orleans to Guatemala, and on engineering projects from Alaska to Germany. Despite his years of service and the miles he's traveled, Arnold has never deployed on a combat mission.
Arnold had some advice for those still serving, be careful of who you antagonize; it may come back to haunt you.
"You have to be careful. I started out as a private in a company with another private," Arnold said. "Later I came back into that company as first sergeant and he was the captain. You never know when you will see someone again."
Arnold said he would miss many things after his retirement, too many things to list.
"I've been a Soldier most of my life -- all my adult life," Arnold said. "There are more things than I can say that I will miss."
After the official ceremony, many of those attending stayed on to partake of the refreshments provided.