French retires from Air Force in ceremony at Pentagon

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Congressman James McGovern with Colonel Brent French

Westborough – Westborough resident Colonel Brent E. French was honored for his service in the US. Air Force during a retirement ceremony held for him at the Pentagon, Arlington, VA Aug. 3.

Brigadier General Scott Sauter presided over the ceremony, which was also attended by Congressman James McGovern who presented French with a flag that had been flown over the Capitol building and an excerpt from the Congressional Record that had been submitted by McGovern.

French has served on active duty and the reserve component for 27 years. He had served in a Reserve capacity for the Secretary of Defense and the Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and is now the executive director of finance and operations at the nationally ranked Foisie Business School at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is an adjunct professor of organizational behavior. He has also been an active member of the Westborough Veterans Advisory Board and was named the grand marshal for Westborough’s Memorial Day commemoration in 2013.

McGovern commented during the Aug. 3 ceremony that “….in every city and town across America, there are people who know that public service is more than just a career—it is a calling.  People who see problems and want to fix them; people who know that through hard work, they can truly make a difference for their country. Throughout his life, it’s clear that Colonel French is one of those people—and for that we are grateful.  On behalf of the United States House of Representatives, I offer my most sincere thanks to Colonel French for his service to our nation, and a very heartfelt congratulations on his retirement.”

Congressman James McGovern congratulates Colonel Brent French on his retirement as Brigadier General Scott Sauter looks on.