CW2 McClain Retires After 37 Years

By Glenda Atkinson,Staff Reporter

mike and colors 15243CW2 Michael McClain was a familiar face many Lewis County residents as he led Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Christmas Parades while carrying the United States flag.

CW2 McClain retired from the Tennessee Army National Guard on April 15, 2018 after 37 years of service to his country.

“I actually became a member of the Hohenwald National Guard at the age of 16 when I first started working at the building when it was located in Memorial Park. I was working with the Summer Youth Program, and Sgt. Danny Atkinson, Unit Administrator, was my boss,” McClain stated.

CW2 McClain joined the Army two years later following his high school graduation. He marched his first parade in the Veterans Day Parade of 1982 while home on leave.

He began his full time career with the Tennessee Army National Guard on September 11, 2001 and continued until March 6, 2006.

From 1989 until 2016, every Hohenwald Christmas Parade was lead by McClain. He had to retire carrying the flags on Veterans Day and Memorial Day after he earned the rank of Warrant Officer.

CW2 McClain was a member of the Hohenwald National Guard Unit from the rank of Enlisted to Warrant Officer. He served as Detachment Commander seven times and Unit Commander once.

CW2 McClain stated that it saddened him to have to turn over his keys to the local unit after holding them so long.

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