David Nolette, Graham American Volunteer Reserve national commander sergeant major, received his retirement orders at a ceremony Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Knox Bishop, AVR General and Texas Division Commander, assisted by Lt. Jon Walker, local commander, and  William Crews McCulloch, national commander, led the event before AVR members, families and well-wishers. During the event, Bishop presented Nolette with a district service award with three oak  clusters. Les Strickland will follow  Nolette as leader of the Graham AVR.

Nolette founded Graham AVR, a military and veterans service and support organization that performed more than 200 military honors for deceased veterans and their families at grave side services.
David Nolette, former national commander sergeant major of Graham American Volunteer Reserves,  and his wife, Wanda, are honored by Lt. Col. Jon Walker,
David Nolette, former national commander sergeant major of Graham American Volunteer Reserves, and his wife, Wanda, are honored by Lt. Col. Jon Walker, Local Commander, after a retirement ceremony for Nolette on Thursday at St. Mary s Catholic Church. Nolette received his retirement orders and was honored with a reception for his years of service. William Crews McCulloch, right, national commander, was one of many AVR members and well-wishers who attended the event. ((Photo by Gay Storms))
Other major duties include assistance with homeland security and search-and-rescue operations. In addition, AVR troops are regularly detailed for local, regional and national military and veterans commemorations, parades, color guard duties and other services for the community.



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