After serving in the U.S. Air Force for six years, and as a Department of the Army civilian for 44 years, Radiology Technician Alphonse Addison received his 50 year pin on June 20 at the Barquist Army Health Clinic in recognition of his contributions to the U.S. military.
Addison continues to show professionalism and dedication to his duties, according to Maj. Gen. Joseph Caravalho, Jr., U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick commanding general.
“At the end of the day, it isn't about how much money you've made. It’s about what you've contributed to your fellow man and woman. We are appreciative of everything you do for us,” Caravalho said.
Addison, who is described as gentle, quick, efficient and professional by his peers, began his career at Fort Detrick in July 1967 as an X-ray technician at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. During his time at USAMRIID, Addison supported the Whitecoat Program, administering routine chest X-rays and other tests to monitor the human research program.
In 2000, Addison began his career at BAHC as a radiology technician. “I worked at USAMRIID for 33 years,” Addison said. “Now at the Barquist Health Clinic, I assist patients and contribute to the team effort. It’s been about giving good service.”
Addison described wanting to stay in the healthcare field after his retirement. He said he has plans to volunteer.
“I may want to travel a bit. I want to continue to take care of my home and I will help my wife with her private bakery,” said Addison.
In Addison’s free time he enjoys being a Freemason. “I've been part of the fraternity for 25 years. It’s all about community service and men’s fellowship,” Addison said.
Addison also said he values maintaining his health and his family life, and has been married to his wife Deborah for 28 years. They have two sons, Alphonse III and Thomas. From his sons, they have seven grandchildren.
“In my free time I like to work, participate in my fraternity, photography and I like to collect lighthouses,” Addison said.
Addison is originally from Annapolis, Maryland.