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Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Michael T. Sullivan retires; son of James Sullivan of Dewey

Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan

Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Michael T. Sullivan has retired from the U.S. Air Force after more than 31 years of faithful military service.

He is the son of James L. Sullivan of Dewey, Ariz. and Annabel E. Sullivan of Scottsdale, Ariz.

His wife, Donna, is the daughter of Diane Baldwin of Surprise, Ariz.

Prior to retiring, Sullivan was the Command Chief Master Sergeant to the Commander of Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. He served as the personal advisor to the command 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 unit and over 48 locations. He represented the commander on all matters concerning the implementation of command policy.

During his distinguished military career, he served as a crew chief, recruiter, flight engineer, instructor/evaluator, superintendent, advisor and aircrew manager. He served at various locations around the world which included Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Ariz.; Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix, Ariz.; Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.; Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base, Germany; Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho; Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Neb.

The chief enlisted aircrew member has more than 5,000 flight hours and more than 300 combat/combat support hours on the E-3A, B and C airborne warning and control aircraft, and KE-3A cargo/refueling tanker aircraft.

The chief's major awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, five awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, two awards of the Air Medal, three awards of the Aerial Achievement Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

Chief Sullivan graduated in 1977 from Glendale Union High School, Glendale, Ariz. He received an associate degree in 1987 and an additional associate degree in 1989 from the Community College of the Air Force headquartered at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

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