Chief Warrant Officer Randolph Bergan, a native of St. Thomas, retired on June 16, after a 40-year career in the Army.
Bergan began his Army career in December 1976. At the time of his retirement, he held the position of senior signal technical advisor, 11th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.
Bergan served overseas in Germany, Korea, Panama and Italy, as well as combat deployments to Saudi Arabia, along with various U.S. mainland assignments.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.
Reflecting on his life and career, Bergan, a 1976 graduate of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, advises Virgin Islands youth to take advantage of their education.
“It’s an awesome opportunity that you all have today in terms of education,” he said. “There is so much you can do today for yourself, your island and your country. Education is key; not fancy cars and clothes. It’s what you have in your mind that is going to take you far. Knowledge is power. So, stay in school and get your education.”
In retirement, Bergan and his wife, Laveen, plan to settle in central Texas.