After more than 38 years of service, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Vincent Ferguson, a Murfreesboro native living in Nolensville, retired from the Tennessee National Guard on March 31.

Ferguson was serving as the Senior Maintenance Officer for the Tennessee National Guard, a position he had held since June 2018.

He began his military career in 1982 after graduating from Riverdale High School and enlisting in the Tennessee National Guard as an Optical Instrument Repairer in Murfreesboro’s 777th Maintenance Company. He earned his commission in 1996 as an Armament Repair Technician.

In 2008, he deployed to Q-West, Iraq, as an Equipment Readiness Officer with Humboldt’s 30th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. He served over a year in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he was responsible for all maintenance needs of the battalion, which included a fleet of tactical vehicles from 10 transportation and maintenance companies.

Following his deployment, Ferguson was assigned to Nashville’s Joint Force Headquarters.

“Chief Ferguson has been an integral part of our organization for nearly 40 years,” Lt. Col. Chris Kirkman, Tennessee’s Surface Maintenance Manager, said in a news release. “His technical expertise is unmatched and will be sorely missed, but we’re grateful for his dedicated service and wish him luck on what lies ahead.”

Ferguson is a Bronze Star Medal recipient. He has been married to Resa Denice for 27 years and they have a daughter, Iris Sharice, who lives in Dallas.