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AFSPC command chief announces retirement

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont.--Chief Master Sgt. Ron Kriete, command chief master sergeant, Air Force Space Command, listens to a briefing on procedures for issuing weapons during a tour of the 341st Security Forces Group armory here. Chief Kreite accompanied former AFSPC Commander General Lance W. Lord on a tour of the base Jan. 21.  The chief announced his intent to retire June 12. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Roger M. Dey)

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont.--Chief Master Sgt. Ron Kriete, command chief master sergeant, Air Force Space Command, listens to a briefing on procedures for issuing weapons during a tour of the 341st Security Forces Group armory here. Chief Kreite accompanied former AFSPC Commander General Lance W. Lord on a tour of the base Jan. 21. The chief announced his intent to retire June 12. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Roger M. Dey)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--Chief Master Sgt. Ron Kriete, command chief master sergeant, Air Force Space Command, served as the sergeant major for the Order of the Sword ceremony Feb. 11 honoring former AFSPC Commander General Lance W. Lord (left).  Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Gerald R. Murray (right) was the event's keynote speaker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Duncan Wood)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--Chief Master Sgt. Ron Kriete, command chief master sergeant, Air Force Space Command, served as the sergeant major for the Order of the Sword ceremony Feb. 11 honoring former AFSPC Commander General Lance W. Lord (left). Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Gerald R. Murray (right) was the event's keynote speaker. On June 12, Chief Kriete announced his intent to retire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Duncan Wood)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Chief Master Sgt. Ron Kriete, command chief master sergeant, Air Force Space Command, announced his retirement June 12, ending an Air Force career that spanned more than 31 years.

"I've been a proud member of this great institution for a very long time,” said Chief Kriete, “and it's time for me to move on."

Chief Kriete became the command’s top enlisted servicemember in April 2002 and serves as the personal advisor to the commander and senior staff on matters influencing the health, welfare, morale, effective utilization, readiness, quality of life and progress of the command’s enlisted members in the United States and overseas, encompassing 13 time zones, 160 units and more than 48 locations. He ensures Air Force and the command’s policies are known and resolves enlisted issues and sensitive personnel matters. He represents the commander on all matters concerning the implementation of command policy.

A native of Selkirk, N.Y., the chief's career began with his enlistment in September, 1975. He has an extensive background in aircraft maintenance serving in numerous duties, including a three-year tour as a member of the U.S. Air Force aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, whom they recognized as their maintenance professional of the year.

"When I first joined the Air Force we were just coming out of the Vietnam era, and the many challenges associated with that time," he said.

“I've seen our force change drastically throughout my time. I've seen us win the Cold War with a large garrison force, use our technology in Desert Storm and now pursue the Global War on Terror with a lighter, leaner, expeditionary force,” he said. “The one constant has been the professionalism of our Airmen, and the Airmen are who I'll miss the most.

“No matter what challenge we've faced our Airmen have always found the solutions and made the difference. The quality of our Airmen and their ability to ensure we always maintain the world's greatest air, space and missile force is the one thing I know will never change.”

Chief Master Sgt. Kriete will retire in a ceremony to be held at Peterson AFB in July. More information on the chief’s retirement ceremony will be released when it becomes available.

For more information, contact Senior Master Sgt. Brian Curtis at 554-5836.

For more information about Chief Kriete, his biography can be found on the AFSPC Web site at http://www.afspc.af.mil/library/biographies/bio.asp?id=8314.