Military service has become a tradition for one Charlton family.
Lt. Col. Patrick W. Maloney is retiring from the U.S. Army, concluding a 32-year career that took him to assignments in Honduras, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar, and Europe — and his son has followed in his footsteps.
On Oct. 6, a retirement celebration was held in Maloney's honor at the Clifton Park Elks Club. His son, Army Capt. William S. Maloney, read the orders of retirement to his father. All those present witnessed as a U.S. flag was passed from father to son, symbolic of the family's continued service dedication.
Both the senior Maloney, 51, and his son, 28, have done one-year tours in Afghanistan.
The senior Maloney is a native of Charlton. He is the son of Ethel Maloney and the late William Maloney, long-time proprietors of the Charlton Tavern and Furniture Shop.
He and his wife, the former Victoria Stewart, have two children. Capt. Maloney is a field artillery officer, currently attending advanced courses in Fort Sill, Okla., and they have a daughter, Kathleen, who is a freshman at Schenectady County Community College, studying vocal performance.
The senior Maloney is a graduate of Siena College, where he received a bachelor's degree in marketing and management. He has gone on to receive master’s degrees in acquisition management and business administration.
He started his Army career in field artillery, and later shifted to specializing in acquisition management.
His son is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University in Olean, where he participated in the ROTC program. His wife, Melandrei, is an advanced cardiac life support-qualified registered nurse.
During his time in the service, Col. Maloney earned numerous awards, including: the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with Five Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Six Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with Seven Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal and Army Reserve Component Commendation Medal.
He also received the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary, Korean Defense Service Medal, Overseas Ribbon, NATO Medal, Army Staff Identification Badge, Parachutist Badge, Honduras Jump Wings, Air Assault Badge and the Drill Sergeant Badge.
Col. Maloney will be officially retiring from the Army on Nov. 30.
He and his wife plan to settle in the Charlton area.