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Chief closes three decades of service

Col. Neil Mullaney, 123rd Maintenance Group commander, congratulates Chief Hall on his retirement.

(Photo by Airman 1st Class Max Rechel, Kentucky Air National Guard)

Col. Neil Mullaney, 123rd Maintenance Group commander, congratulates Chief Hall on his retirement. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Max Rechel, Kentucky Air National Guard)

Chief Master Sgt. Mark B. Hall enlisted
in the Kentucky Air National Guard
in 1972. Upon his retirement, he was one
of a handful of remaining maintenance
troops to have undergone three successful
aircraft conversions at the Kentucky Air
National Guard. 

(Photo by Airman 1st Class Max Rechel, Kentucky Air National Guard)

Chief Master Sgt. Mark B. Hall enlisted in the Kentucky Air National Guard in 1972. Upon his retirement, he was one of a handful of remaining maintenance troops to have undergone three successful aircraft conversions at the Kentucky Air National Guard. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Max Rechel, Kentucky Air National Guard)

KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Chief Master Sgt. Mark B. Hall was recognized for more than 36 years of service to the 123rd Maintenance Group during his retirement ceremony here Dec. 6.

During his storied career, the chief deployed to participate in Operations Bright Star, Coronet Oak, Joint Forge/Enterprise, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

"Chief Hall is one of our last aircraft maintenance experts to have been through three historic aircraft conversions," observed Col. Greg Nelson, commander of the 123rd Airlift Wing.

The chief began his career in 1972 working on the RF-101H Voodoo fighter aircraft. Like other Kentucky Air Guardsmen, he converted to the RF-4C Phantom II during the latter half of the 1970s. By the end of the next decade, he was instrumental as a leader in helping the wing convert to C-130 Hercules aircraft.

"There's a wealth of experience that will definitely be missed," Colonel Nelson said.

"Chief Hall has been a leader and mentor to countless Airmen over the years and has contributed immeasurably to the culture of excellence that our maintainers struggle to maintain and build upon today."

Chief Hall received the Kentucky Distinguished Service Medal and Meritorious Service Medal (first oak leaf cluster) on Dec. 6 in recognition of his service.