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A Special “HOOAH” to Terrance McWilliams

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A Special “HOOAH” to Terrance McWilliams

 

With 15 years of dedicated service, Terrance McWilliams will retire from his role at El Pomar Foundation effective September 1, 2022.

After 31 years in the Army, Terrance retired in the rank/role of Command Sergeant Major at Ft. Carson, the senior-most enlisted position on base, and began at El Pomar on August 1, 2007. His retirement from El Pomar on September 1, 2022 will mark over 5,510 days of service to the people of Colorado and an estimated 27,562 exclamations of “HOOAH!” in the halls and spaces of Penrose House and 10 Lake.

During his time at the Foundation Terrance has overseen Military Affairs and Wildland Fire Fund, two programs which represent collectively over 1,000 grants totaling more than $10.5 million. Among other activities, Terrance oversaw El Pomar’s Military Family Assistance Fund at PPUW, collaborated with the City of Colorado Springs and Nature Conservancy on major fire mitigation projects and fostered Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Terrance honored retired and active duty military members and their families through innumerable hails/farewells, community gatherings and El Pomar’s Military Appreciation Days at locations such as Broadmoor World Arena and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. On occasion, he was known to serve as ringmaster and musketeer at the Circus and Disney on Ice.

While at El Pomar, Terrance has served on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations, such as Association of the United States Army, TriWest Health Care Alliance, Pikes Peak United Way, CPCD, American Red Cross, Citizen Soldier Connection, The Salvation Army, Colorado Springs Leadership Institute (CSLI), Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, Pikes Peak Community College Advisory Board and Colorado Community College System. He also serves as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Colorado South, and has supported other military advocacy efforts like the Chamber & EDC’s Military Affairs Committee and Operation TBI Freedom Advisory Board for Craig Hospital in Englewood, CO.

In a recent Colorado Spring Business Journal article about the role military leadership lessons play in civilian life, Terrance said that one of the biggest leadership lessons he learned was that “it’s not about you.” He added, “You have to set a positive example. You have to be an understanding leader, a caring leader, a leader that motivates, educates and develops…” With a focus on traits like “strong integrity and individual character,” he has applied these lessons in both his military and civilian career and we are deeply appreciative.

El Pomar Foundation is honored to thank Terrance and congratulate him on the occasion of his (second) retirement.