Hero’s welcome for CWO4 Nathan Tierney (Ret)
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.