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Congratulations to CMSgt Kevin Estrem on his recent retirement. Chief Estrem, Command Chief United States Northern Command, shown here at his retirement dinner with CMSAF Murray and me, CMSgt (Ret) Glenda Ferrara, retired on 30 Oct 2003 after more than 31 years of dedicated service. Kevin began his career as a Vehicle Operator in Oct 1972 up through an assignment to the Air Force Academy in 1985 that led to his duty as a Basic Cadet Training Sergeant Major, before returning to the career field and his promotion to CMSgt. He was then assigned to HQ TAC/ACC at Langley AFB VA as the Command 2T1 Functional Manager. In July 1993 he began his career as a Senior Enlisted Advisor/Command Chief, at Grand Forks AFB ND, Offutt AFB NE, 12th AF Davis Monthan AFB AZ, HQ ACC Langley AFB VA, HQ Air Force Space Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command, US Space Command and United States NORTHERN Command, Peterson AFB CO.

Chief Estrem dedicated his career to the needs and issues of the enlisted corps, especially our younger troops and is rightfully called the "Architect of FTAC". Kevin believed in this program from its inception and stood his ground when others vehemently objected. The result is the great Air Force program in place today. Kevin is remaining in Colo Springs CO with his wife Debbie, daughter Cassi and family dog Kona. Kevin, thank you for caring and thank you for giving so much of yourself. You didn't have to, but you did. You leave a huge gap for the upcoming Command Chiefs to fill.

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