CW5 Simmons served honorably for 29 years retiring from active duty on 1 July 2001 as the Forces Command (FORSCOM) Food Advisor, Fort McPherson, Georgia. During this assignment he established the reputation of a mission oriented technician responsible for providing staff supervision of the Army Food Program for 10 military installations operating 116 dining facilities feeding over 19 million meals in garrison and over 20 million meals under field conditions.
He was lauded for his fine leadership efforts to work with and coordinate activities of Subsistence Prime Vendors to develop better ways to save the Army/Government money through smarter/more economic procurement procedures using applicable commercial business practices. An estimated total of 7.5 million dollars was saved within an 18 month period.
CW5 Simmons was a trail blazer in the food service field and made a lasting impression at every job he worked to make subsistence support better whether in garrison or field operations such as deployment to support Hurricane Andrew Disaster Relief Operations in the Homestead Florida Area. His assignments included Forces Command Food Advisor, US Army FORSCOM, Fort McPherson, Georgia; Chief, Food Management Assistance Division, Fort Lee, Virginia; Installation Food Advisor, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama; 2nd Infantry Division Food Advisor, Camp Casey, Korea; Food Advisor, 35th Signal Brigade & 16th Military Police, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Installation Food Advisor, United States Army; Joint Task Force Bravo, Honduras.
CW5 Simmons is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Services Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Other decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon. CW5 Simmons is a Distinguished Member of the Quartermaster Corps and a recipient of the Distinguished Order of Saint Martin.