CW5 Randolph A. Bergan, a native of St. Thomas, retired on June 16, after an impressive 40-year career in the U.S. Army. Bergan began his Army career in December of 1976. At the time of his retirement, he held the position of senior signal technical advisor, 11th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas. CW5 Bergan served overseas during his military service in Germany, Korea, Panama and Italy, and well as combat deployments to Saudi Arabia, along with various U.S. mainland assignments.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.
Reflecting on his life and career, Bergan, a 1976 graduate of the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, advises V.I. youth to take advantage of their education.
“It’s an awesome opportunity that you all have today in terms of education. There is so much you can do today for yourself, your island and your country. Education is key, not fancy cars and clothes. It’s what you have in your mind that is going to take you far. Knowledge is power. So, stay in school and get your education.”
In retirement, CW5 Bergan and his wife Laveen plan to settle in the central Texas area.
On behalf of the 340 Group LLC, managing partner Alvin Dalmida presented CW5 Bergan an Official Centennial coin as part of his retirement gifting in recognition of this outstanding Virgin Islander’s accomplishments, service and contributions to the nation.
The 340 Group LLC is a consortium of small businesses owned by Virgin Islanders specializing in event planning, consulting services and business development.