After 22 years and 8 months, I have come to my retirement day with the Arizona Department of Corrections. This was a decision that I made about a month ago after some issues at work threatened my ability to continue my employment, so instead I decided to go out on my terms. I'm proud to say that all those years that I've walked the yards, only one time did I ever have to use pepper spray on an inmate, and that was many years ago. I like to believe that my experience and ability to think on my feet kept me and those who worked with me safe from harm. I worked every custodial level from Level 5 (the worst for the worst) down to Level 1, and went home in the same physical condition that I arrived to work. I will be off for two weeks, and then will be back working in an administrative position with ADOC. So as I type this, I am putting on my uniform for the last time, and I think about all those staff I worked with all these years. My proudest moments are when officers came up to me and told me that when they found out they were being reassigned and were going to work with me, their response was "Cool". It doesn't get any better than that.