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Chief Master Sgt. Terry Lutz (Ret.) and Mijung Lee find Chief Lutz's name on the Kentucky Air National Guard Retiree Plaques unveiled at the Kentucky Air Guard base on April 18. Chief Lutz retired from the Kentucky Air National Guard in 2007. (USAF Photo by Capt. Dale Greer.)

Chief Master Sgt. Terry Lutz (Ret.) and Mijung Lee find Chief Lutz's name on the Kentucky Air National Guard Retiree Plaques unveiled at the Kentucky Air Guard base on April 18. Chief Lutz retired from the Kentucky Air National Guard in 2007. (USAF Photo by Capt. Dale Greer.)

Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard who retired in 2007 stand behind black granite retiree plaques that were dedicated at the base on April 18. (USAF Photo by Capt. Dale Greer.)

Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard who retired in 2007 stand behind black granite retiree plaques that were dedicated at the base on April 18. (USAF Photo by Capt. Dale Greer.)

Retirees of the Kentucky Air National Guard attend a retiree plaque dedication ceremony at the Kentucky Air Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., on April 18. (USAF Photo by Capt. Dale Greer)

Retirees of the Kentucky Air National Guard attend a retiree plaque dedication ceremony at the Kentucky Air Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., on April 18. (USAF Photo by Capt. Dale Greer)

Retirees, families and current members of the Kentucky Air National Guard attend a retiree plaque dedication at the Kentucky Air Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., on April 18.  (USAF Photo by Capt. Dale Greer.)

Retirees, families and current members of the Kentucky Air National Guard attend a retiree plaque dedication at the Kentucky Air Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., on April 18. (USAF Photo by Capt. Dale Greer.)

Chief Master Sgt. Bob Wagner (Ret.) attends a retiree plaque dedication ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard base on April 18.  (USAF Photo by Capt. Dale Greer.)

Chief Master Sgt. Bob Wagner (Ret.) attends a retiree plaque dedication ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard base on April 18. (USAF Photo by Capt. Dale Greer.)

Chief Master Sgt. Jim Turpin (Ret.) and Col. Ed Horung (Ret.) unveil plaques that hold the names of Kentucky Air National Guard retirees from 2007 and 2008 at a ceremony held at the Kentucky Air Guard April 18. (USAF Photo by Capt. Dale Greer.)

Chief Master Sgt. Jim Turpin (Ret.) and Col. Ed Horung (Ret.) unveil plaques that hold the names of Kentucky Air National Guard retirees from 2007 and 2008 at a ceremony held at the Kentucky Air Guard April 18. (USAF Photo by Capt. Dale Greer.)

KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Seventy-seven former members of the Kentucky Air National Guard were honored April 18 when two marble tablets bearing their names were unveiled during a ceremony in front of the Lt. Gen. John B. Conaway Headquarters Building here.

The tablets are the latest addition to a monument that memorializes the names of all Airmen who have completed 20 or more years of military service and retired from the Kentucky Air Guard since the unit's inception in 1947.

The new names reflect members who were honorably retired or transferred from the Kentucky Air National Guard during 2007 and 2008.

Col. Greg Nelson, commander of the 123d Airlift Wing, thanked the retirees for their faithful service and asked for their continued involvement in the years ahead.

"We need your continued support," Colonel Nelson said during a speech before a crowd of more than 75 friends and family of the retirees. "Come back any time and every time that you can. I need your heritage, I need your knowledge and your experience. Again I thank you -- I thank you every time you can come out."

The monument is maintained by the Kentucky Air National Guard Retiree Group Inc., a non-profit organization that raises money through donations, golf scrambles and the sale of items such as ball caps, T-shirts and jackets.

To view a video news report of the dedication, please visit https://afpims.afnews.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-090428-088.wmv