A commander of the Transylvania County Honor Guard is retiring. Caption: Transylvania County Honor Guard commander retires after years of service. A service and celebration was held Saturday afternoon for Howard Thiele. Members from Western Carolina veteran organizations and friends were in attendance. A RETIRED U. S. ARMY GENERAL REMEMBERS BEING AT GROUND ZERO JUST HOURS AFTER 9/11 ATTACK. Speakers recounted commander Thiele’s career and service.