Chief Caron retirement

Chief Master Sgt. Jim Caron, senior loadmaster for the 97th Airlift Squadron, retired in a ceremony Saturday, April 6 after a career spanning 36 years and a McChord Field record of 15,558 flying hours in the C-141 Starlifter and the C-17 Globemaster III. His squadron commander and retiring officer, Lt. Col. Garin Tentschert, said the chief will be missed and his retirement "leaves a big hole in the squadron." The commander went on to say that the chief has built an outstanding team. "He has laid a path so that the enlisted aircrew in the squadron will continue to be taken care of." When members of the 97th AS were asked for words describing Caron, they came up with "exceedingly cheerful," "patriotic," and "dedicated." When asked if he would stay if his high-year tenure hadn't mandated his retirement, Caron said he'd "do another 30 years." (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Patrick Cabellon)

PHOTO BY: Senior Airman Patrick Cabellon
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