On Wednesday, Ted Meeker came into the Navy Security Force Department (Bldg. 179) to clear out his office. Not an easy task after either serving or working for the government for 47 years.
Meeker, originally from Bethesda, Md., worked as the physical security officer for Naval Station Great Lakes.
He left the Marine Corps in 1978, after enlisting in 1968. During that time he did some military police duty, leaving from the Corps as a gunnery sergeant.
While in the Marines, Meeker was also decorated with Purpler Heart and a Bronze Star.
He also began working for at the Great Lakes Police Department in 1986 and did so until 2010 when he became the physical security officer.
He joined the Army in 1979 and served in a National Guard unit, retiring as an Army master sergeant in the mid-90s.
He continued working for the security force in January 2010, taking over the position from which he recently retired.
“I’m kind of surprised that the time has been that long,” he said.
“I hadn’t really thought about it until this came up. It didn’t really seem that long. It was kind of an amazing thing that I was still hanging in there.”
Meeker, and his wife Judith, who works at the VA, plan to remain in the area while she continues to work there.
They also have Newfoundland dogs which they breed and he spend more time doing that.
“I’m going to spend more time with my wife which I’m looking forward to,” he said. “And also spend more time with the dogs.”