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Stephenville’s Luke McCollum retires as Chief of Navy Reserve

Ashley Inge
Luke McCollum speaks at the Admiral Leutze Park, Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., on Friday morning.

Stephenville native Luke McCollum retired as chief of the Navy Reserve on Friday at the Admiral Leutze Park, Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.

McCollum is the son of a World War II veteran and is a 1983 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He is a designated surface warfare officer, according to www.navy.mil.com.

He holds a master of science degree in computer systems management from the University of Maryland, University College and is also a graduate of Capstone, the Armed Forces Staff College Advanced Joint Professional Military Education curriculum and the Royal Australian Naval Staff College in Sydney.

He became the 14th chief of the Navy Reserve in September 2016. As commander, he has led about 60,000 Reserve Component personnel who support the Navy, Marine Corps and joint force.

He is the recipient of various personal decorations and campaign medals and has had the honor of serving with shipmates and on teams who were awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Navy Unit Commendation, the Meritorious Unit Award and the Navy “E” Ribbon.

McCollum is a 1979 graduate of Stephenville High School and was honored in 2016 as a Stephenville High School Distinguished Alumni by the Stephenville Optimist Club and the Stephenville Education Foundation.

“Before the early years, I spent some time in the plains of Texas where I grew up in Stephenville,” McCollum said during the ceremony. “Stephenville is a small town and it valued service and it valued dedication and I know that that’s where the core of our roots are.

“I tried my best and I'm thankful for even the opportunity to serve at the most basic level and say that I served my brothers and sisters in the U.S. Navy. May God bless you, and bless the Navy and the United States of America.”

Luke McCollum