Kevin L. Perry Jr., a 1997 graduate of Ceres High School, is retiring from the U.S. Army as a Chief Warrant Officer III, his mother Debbie Burns reported.
Perry has served nearly 22 years in the Army is currently stationed at Fort Knox in Kentucky. He worked many notable assignments in his career. Some of the more distinguished assignments included tours at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., the NATO headquarters in Belgium, and the U.S. Operations Command in Florida.
He served on three yearlong deployments to Afghanistan where he earned two Bronze Star medals and one Army Commendation Medal for Valor. After he was injured in an explosion, Perry was award a Purple Heart medal.
Perry is the son of Debbie and Don Burns of Ceres. Kevin grew up in Ceres and enlisted into the Army upon graduation from Ceres High School in 1997. He was stationed in Germany for three years, worked at the Pentagon a few years and also spent four years with Special Forces while in North Carolina. Kevin also was among the first to be deployed to Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
He and wife Angela have one daughter, Caitlen.
He plans to move to Florida and work with the wounded veterans, his mother said.