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Hero’s welcome for CWO4 Nathan Tierney (Ret)

Thursday, August 15th, 2013 | Posted by
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Col. Walter Rugen, left, congratulates CWO4 Nathan Tierney on his retirement during ceremonies held Aug. 9 at Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu, South Korea. (Courtesy photo)

Cloverdalians are invited to line the streets of downtown from Citrus Fair Dr. to School St. at 1 p.m. on Friday to welcome home Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Nathan Tierney and congratulate him on his retirement after 20 years of service to our country.

He and his wife, Leeza, will be surprised with a motorcycle escort from Santa Rosa by The Patriot Guard to his father’s home in Cloverdale where a reception of family and friends will be waiting for him.

The American Soldier Freedom Riders Honor Guard, several of whom are from Cloverdale, will form an honor guard flag line near the family’s home, and M.O.M.S. – Mothers of Military Servicemen – will be forming a flag line at the Tierney residence.

Tierney, whose retirement ceremony took place Aug. 9 at Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu, South Korea, is a highly decorated combat helicopter pilot who spent more than half his career in overseas deployments, including several in combat.

Among his numerous decorations are the Navy/Marine Medal for Heroism for a rescue 270 nautical miles off the coast of New Caleldonia, the Meritorious Service Medal, the National Aircrew of the Year Award, the Order of Saint Michael and, most recent, the Legion of Merit. He has also been awarded two Presidential Unit Citations.

The 1993 graduate of Cloverdale High School is also the founder of The Frontlines, a social networking site designed to empower members of the armed forces, veterans, family and friends by providing resources, education, and stories from the frontlines.

While still attending CHS, a number of his original cartoons were published in the Cloverdale Reveille. The Frontlines also features a section with his cartoons.

At the end of their visit with family and friends, Tierney’s wife says they will head to Fort Lauderdale, FL for several months where they plan to just relax on the beach and get used to being civilians.

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Leeza Tierney with Nathan and Col. Rugen at ceremony.

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Tierney with the copter he flew in combat.




  • http://norcaljobs.com Jason Mobbs

    Welcome home Nathan. You served your country more than well!

  • Pat Engman

    While my daughter (20 yrs U, S. Air Force) and son (20 yrs U.S. Navy) didn’t come home to a hero’s parade, they are my hero’s. Congratulations to the entire Tierney family. It should always be remembered, soldiers never serve alone.

  • Kelly Grechko

    Welcome home, Sir!! What an honor it will be to welcome you home! Hooah!

  • Al Delsid

    Kelly, I thank you and the Engman family for your service to our country. If I would have known what I know now, I would have done my best to welcome you and all returning local veterans home. I am honored to have participated in the welcome home for Jessamyn Sobeki-Engle and the honors for Army Sgt. Richard Essex a fallen soldier from Kelseyville. I am now honored to help welcome CWO Nathan Tierney home. Nathan, Thank You for your honorable service and I wish you and your family the best.

  • Mitch Laing

    As the Senior Ride Captain for the Motorcyclists I thank the Engman Family for their service to our Country. When did they leave the service? We would have Gladly participated in a Escort for them had this happened after the group was formed, and it’s Never Too Late to Say Thank You!
    Any military family can request a welcome home escort or honors for their fallen Veteran.
    (In addition to today’s Welcome Home we had an escort for a USMC Veteran to his final honors at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon)
    Thank You Engman Family!

  • Gabby Tierney

    Thank you sooooo much Uncle Nathan for serving our country for 20 years. I love you so much!
    Love your favorite little niece,

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