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Chief retires after more than 40 years of military service

Col Cheryl Knight presents Chief Master Sgt. Saudi McVea with retirement certificate.

CMSgt Saudi McVea, right, 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron chief enlisted manager, receives the Certificate of Retirement from Col. Cheryl Knight, 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron commander, during McVea’s retirement ceremony in hangar 9 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, July 10,2021. McVea honorably served for 42 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nije Hightower)

Husband of Chief Master Sgt. Saudi McVea receives certificate of appreciate.

Ellis McVea, center, husband of CMSgt Saudi McVea, right, 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron Chief Enlisted Manager, receives a Certificate of Appreciation from Col. Cheryl Knight, 446th AES commander, left, during McVea’s retirement ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, July 10,2021. The Certification of Appreciation is intended to honor individuals who support a service member throughout their military career. (U.S Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nije Hightower)

Col Cheryl Knight pins meritorious service medal on Chief Master Sgt. Saudi McVea

CMSgt Saudi McVea, right, 446th AES Chief Enlisted Manager, receives the Meritorious Service Medal from Col. Cheryl Knight, 446th AES commander, during McVea’s retirement ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, July 10,2021. The Meritorious Service Medal is presented to members who distinguish themselves by outstanding achievement or meritorious service to the United States. (U.S Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nije Hightower)

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- CMSgt Saudi McVea, right, 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron chief enlisted manager, receives the Certificate of Retirement from Col. Cheryl Knight, 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron commander, during McVea’s retirement ceremony in hangar 9 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, July 10,2021. McVea honorably served for 42 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nije Hightower)