Joint Task Force North to Host Retirement Ceremony Honoring Sergeant Major, Wounded Warrior

PA-002-17 | Sept. 1, 2017

FORT BLISS, Texas — (Nov. 21, 2016) – Army Brig. Gen. Kurt S. Crytzer, commanding general of Joint Task Force North (JTF-N), will host a retirement ceremony honoring the 32-year distinguished and honorable military service of Army Sgt. Maj. Jerry W. Hochstedler at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2.

The ceremony, which will take place at the command, will honor Hochstedler, a native of El Paso, who entered the Army in 1985. A career Special Forces noncommissioned officer, he has served at JTF-N since June 2012. He has received multiple valor awards for heroic actions in combat. He now serves as JTF-N’s sergeant major for operations.

A wounded warrior and avid cyclist, Hochstedler overcame his wartime injuries receiving the gold medal in upright 30k cycling at the 2016 Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He received the silver medal at the 2015 Warrior Games and the bronze at the 2014 Warrior Games. Media planning to attend the ceremony must RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 30. Those attending the ceremony, which will be held at Bldg. 11603, Old Ironsides Drive, must arrive no later than 9:30 a.m.

For more information on the ceremony, please contact Sarah Lifshin, JTF-N public affairs officer, at 915-313-7621 (office) or 915-472-2323 (cell).

JTF-N is a Defense Department joint task force tasked to support the United States’ federal law enforcement agencies with military capabilities in support of counter transnational criminal organization activities.
  • Sarah Lifshin
  • Phone:915-313-7621
  • Cell: 915-472-2323
  • sarah.m.lifshin.civ@mail.mil