LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - After over a quarter of a century, Lufkin lawyer Al Carranza is retiring from military service as a lieutenant colonel.
In 1993, Charanza joined the Marines and served actively until 1996, when he joined the Marine Reserves. Charanza never was deployed to combat but he has served in Norway and was the last judge advocate to complete the jungle operation in Panama. Charanza said despite retiring, he will still be involved with the Marine Corps League.
"Once a Marine, always a Marine," Charanza said. "We are considered veterans always. I will be giving back to Toys for Tots and the Airfest for October 8 and the Marine Corps League."
Charanza said he will continue to practice law and does not have plans to stop any time soon.