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23d WG command chief retires after 29 years

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Latosha Ross, 23d Force Support Squadron base honor guard, salutes the flag after presenting it to U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. David Kelch, 23d Wing command chief, during his retirement ceremony at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., May 26, 2016. Kelch, who has served as the 23d WG's command chief since July of 2014, retired after 29 years and seven months of military service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Latosha Ross, 23d Force Support Squadron base honor guard, salutes the flag after presenting it to U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. David Kelch, 23d Wing command chief, during his retirement ceremony at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., May 26, 2016. Kelch, who has served as the 23d WG's command chief since July of 2014, retired after 29 years and seven months of military service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. David Kelch, 23d Wing command chief, presents his retirement flag to his mother during his retirement ceremony at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., May 26, 2016. As the command chief, Kelch served as the liaison between the wing commander and the 23d WG's more than 6,000 military and civilian personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. David Kelch, 23d Wing command chief, presents his retirement flag to his mother during his retirement ceremony at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., May 26, 2016. As the command chief, Kelch served as the liaison between the wing commander and the 23d WG's more than 6,000 military and civilian personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. David Kelch, 23d Wing command chief, addresses the crowd during his retirement ceremony at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., May 26, 2016. Kelch, a Montana native, is retiring after 29 years and seven months of military service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. David Kelch, 23d Wing command chief, addresses the crowd during his retirement ceremony at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., May 26, 2016. Kelch, a Montana native, is retiring after 29 years and seven months of military service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Chad Franks, senior executive officer to the Air Force vice chief of staff, pins the Legion of Merit medal on Chief Master Sgt. David Kelch, 23d Wing command chief, during a retirement ceremony at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., May 26, 2016. The Legion of Merit is awarded to members of the armed forces who have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Chad Franks, senior executive officer to the Air Force vice chief of staff, pins the Legion of Merit medal on Chief Master Sgt. David Kelch, 23d Wing command chief, during a retirement ceremony at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., May 26, 2016. The Legion of Merit is awarded to members of the armed forces who have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. David Kelch, 23d Wing command chief, thanks the men and women of the 23d WG during his retirement ceremony at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., May 26, 2016. Kelch, who has served as the 23d WG command chief since July of 2014, retired after 29 years and seven months of military service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. David Kelch, 23d Wing command chief, thanks the men and women of the 23d WG during his retirement ceremony at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., May 26, 2016. Kelch, who has served as the 23d WG command chief since July of 2014, retired after 29 years and seven months of military service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

Family and friends of U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. David Kelch, 23d Wing command chief, share a laugh during his retirement ceremony at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., May 26, 2016. The ceremony included remarks from Brig. Gen Chad Franks, senior executive officer to the Air Force vice chief of staff, a tribute by Moody’s First Sergeant Association and a flag presentation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson/Released)

Family and friends of U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. David Kelch, 23d Wing command chief, share a laugh during his retirement ceremony at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., May 26, 2016. The ceremony included remarks from Brig. Gen Chad Franks, senior executive officer to the Air Force vice chief of staff, a tribute by Moody’s First Sergeant Association and a flag presentation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson/Released)

Moody’s First Sergeant Association performs a tribute to U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. David Kelch, 23d Wing command chief, during his retirement ceremony at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., May 26, 2016. Kelch served as a first sergeant for six of his more than 29-year Air Force career. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson/Released)

Moody’s First Sergeant Association performs a tribute to U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. David Kelch, 23d Wing command chief, during his retirement ceremony at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., May 26, 2016. Kelch served as a first sergeant for six of his more than 29-year Air Force career. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson/Released)

Moody honor guardsmen present the colors during the retirement of U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. David Kelch, 23d Wing command chief, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., May 26, 2016. Kelch, who has served as the 23d WG's command chief since July of 2014, retired after 29 years and seven months of military service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Janiqua P. Robinson/Released)

Moody honor guardsmen present the colors during the retirement of U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. David Kelch, 23d Wing command chief, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., May 26, 2016. Kelch, who has served as the 23d WG's command chief since July of 2014, retired after 29 years and seven months of military service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Janiqua P. Robinson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. David Kelch, 23d Wing command chief, listens as Brig. Gen. Chad Franks, senior executive officer to the Air Force vice chief of staff, gives his remarks during a retirement ceremony at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., May 26, 2016. Franks thanked Kelch for all his hard work and dedication during their time working together at the 23d WG.. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. David Kelch, 23d Wing command chief, listens as Brig. Gen. Chad Franks, senior executive officer to the Air Force vice chief of staff, gives his remarks during a retirement ceremony at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., May 26, 2016. Franks thanked Kelch for all his hard work and dedication during their time working together at the 23d WG.. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson/Released)