Chief Sehorn retires after three decades of service
By SrA Christopher Sherlock, 188th Wing
/ Published September 12, 2021
Ebbing Air National Guard Base, Ark. --
Chief Master Sgt. Ricky D. Sehorn, 188th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) chief of transportation, retired in a formal ceremony held here September 11, 2021.
Sehorn closed out a military career spanning over 36 years and two service branches with family, friends, and current and former coworkers. The event was presided over by Lt. Col. James T. Garvey, 188th LRS commander.
Sehorn’s military career began in 1985 when he enlisted in the 188th Fighter Wing as a life support specialist while attending the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Upon graduation, he joined the Army’s 95th Infantry Division. Serving as the platoon leader, Sehorn deployed to Europe in response to Operation Decisive Endeavor.
In 1990, Sehorn returned to the 188th and joined the security forces squadron before transferring to vehicle maintenance. As the 188th chief of transportation, he was responsible for 12 vehicle maintainers and 220 assigned vehicles and equipment pieces.
In addition to his official papers of retirement, Sehorn was presented with numerous awards, citations, and accolades earned during his distinguished years of service including an Arkansas Exceptional Service Medal for his leadership while Chief of Transportation.
Sehorn spoke of what the Guard means to him, especially since the events of 9/11. “To me, the Guard is a people. I believe the Guard is still young men and women who join this organization for education, adventure, and to defend their nation and their communities against enemies and catastrophes. But most importantly, they join to be a part of something bigger than their self. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of something bigger than myself.”
He will continue to manage his 150 acres of farmland near Waldron, Arkansas, of which about 5 acres is farmed by horse and mule.