After serving almost four decades, AFSPC bids farewell to logistics readiness civilian

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., -- "Things have come a long way, but are still the same, missions and people have changed but remain the most important" is what Mr. Terry Reed said in an effort to sum up his almost four decades of military service, a combination of active duty Army and civil-service.

Terry Reed is the deputy chief of logistics readiness division and also the branch chief of material management here at Air Force Space Command. On a day-to-day basis he is one of many that ensures world-wide support to all command missions.

"Terry is the most passionate advocate for doing what is right that I have encountered in my 30 plus years of service,' said co-worker Col. Ken Backes, chief, logistics readiness division at AFSPC. "He knows more about logistics than most of us will ever hope to know. He is a national treasure that has ensured the future of our command."

What is interesting is how Mr. Reed got to where he is now.

"The army service I experienced, gave me the foundation I built my career on; hard work pays off," he said.

Raised in a family of faith and taught work ethics early in life, Terry became a young man ready for anything and ready for anything he had to be. His calling soon revealed itself in the form of an envelope.

In 1972, 18 years young Terry was "drafted" into the U.S. Army. After about a year of delayed enlistment, he entered the in June of 1973.

"It was ten weeks of basic training at Ft Knox Kentucky in "Open Bay" barracks, reportedly built in 1927...It was hot and hard work, he said.

He was a mechanic throughout high school, so becoming one in the Army came natural. The first step in becoming a mechanic was attending advanced training, and that he did.

"The advanced training I received at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., taught me that education and doing my best was key to getting promoted in the Army," he said.

Upon graduation Terry returned to Ft. Knox, Ky. for even more training. Shortly after training he received his first active duty orders to Fort Carson, Colo.

"My responsibilities included running a maintenance crew for the 2/34 Armor Battalion and getting maintenance schedules on track," he said.

Sergeant Reed was then selected to establish 4th Battalion, 4th Infantry Division at Wiesbaden Air Base, Germany. He turned airplane hangers into M60 Tank maintenance bays and assisted in developing Technical Manuals for the M60A1E3 Tank.

"Being selected to stand-up and operate 4th Battalion 4th Inf. Div., was my greatest accomplishment in the Army. It infused the skills I needed and used throughout my career both active and civilian service," he said.

After six years of active duty service, Sergeant promotable Reed separated.

"My immediate vision was to simply serve my time and find something that interested me. Little did I know I would actually be interested in the military and serve with all branches of the DoD at one point or another," said Terry. "Not only that, but that my military interest would carry me through 36 plus years of service."

Once retired, Terry does not have any vacation plans in mind, but he shared what he does have in mind. "I'm going to do some computer repairs, one of my hobbies, do lots of support and volunteer work, some hunting and fishing when possible and remain a supportive husband, father and grandfather to my two beautiful grandkids."

AFSPC is only one of the many teams that welcomed and embraced his hard work and success. Upon departure he would like to pass on his final thoughts and expressions to aspiring co-workers and teammates.

"The most important things to me that I would like to pass on to others is, get an education when and where you can, you can't make it happen without those pieces of education. Also, that I shared all that I learned and supported and helped others as a priority. I looked for the good in everything and everyone...I have always said...most problems come from misunderstanding, so try to look at every angle before making an assumption. Forgive or ignore the minor problems you see in others--they probably can find bigger issues with you!"