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U.S. Air Force Col. Robert VanHoy II, 307th Bomb Wing commander presents the Meritorious Service Medal to Senior Master Sgt. Darren Ellingwood, 307th Operations Support Squadron intelligence superintendent, during his retirement ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Dec. 2, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Col. Robert VanHoy II, 307th Bomb Wing commander presents the Meritorious Service Medal to Senior Master Sgt. Darren Ellingwood, 307th Operations Support Squadron intelligence superintendent, during his retirement ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Dec. 2, 2017. Ellingwood retires from the Air Force Reserve with over 30 years of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Darren Ellingwood, 307th Operations Support Squadron intelligence superintendent, reacts to a remark made by Lt. Col. Shawn Werchan, 307th OSS commander, during his retirement ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Dec. 2, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Darren Ellingwood, 307th Operations Support Squadron intelligence superintendent, reacts to a remark made by Lt. Col. Shawn Werchan, 307th OSS commander, during his retirement ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Dec. 2, 2017. Werchan is presenting a B-52 tail wing to Ellingwood to show appreciation for his time with the unit. Ellingwood retires from the Air Force Reserve with over 30 years of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Darren Ellingwood, 307th Operations Support Squadron intelligence superintendent, embraces a coworker at the conclusion of his retirement ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Dec. 2, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Darren Ellingwood, 307th Operations Support Squadron intelligence superintendent, embraces a coworker at the conclusion of his retirement ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Dec. 2, 2017. Ellingwood retires from the Air Force Reserve with over 30 years of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Edward Fairchild, 707th Maintenance Squadron aircraft technician expeditor, presents flowers to his wife, Nadine Fairchild, during his retirement ceremony on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Dec. 2, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Edward Fairchild, 707th Maintenance Squadron aircraft technician expeditor, presents flowers to his wife, Nadine Fairchild, during his retirement ceremony on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Dec. 2, 2017. Fairchild retires from the Air Force Reserve after more than 36 years of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dachelle Melville/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Warren Crabtree, 707th Maintenance Squadron commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Scott Moeller, 707th MXS superintendent, present Master Sgt. Edward Fairchild, 707th MXS aircraft technician expeditor, with a personalized photo of a B-52 Stratofortress during a retirement ceremony on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Dec. 2, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Warren Crabtree, 707th Maintenance Squadron commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Scott Moeller, 707th MXS superintendent, present Master Sgt. Edward Fairchild, 707th MXS aircraft technician expeditor, with a personalized photo of a B-52 Stratofortress during a retirement ceremony on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Dec. 2, 2017. Fairchild is retiring from the Air Force Reserve after more than 36 years of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dachelle Melville/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. George Cole, 307th Maintenance Squadron commander, and Tech. Sgt. Christopher Marien, 307th MXS Aerospace Ground Equipment mechanic, presents Marien’s wife, Sheri, with a certificate of appreciation during Marien’s retirement ceremony on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Dec. 2, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. George Cole, 307th Maintenance Squadron commander, and Tech. Sgt. Christopher Marien, 307th MXS Aerospace Ground Equipment mechanic, presents Marien’s wife, Sheri, with a certificate of appreciation during Marien’s retirement ceremony on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Dec. 2, 2017. The certificate is presented to military spouses thanking them for their dedication and support to their spouse during their time in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Cody Burt/Released)

Lt. Col. Dwayne Slack, 307th Maintenance Group commander, gives his farewell to Tech. Sgt. Christopher Marien, 307th Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment mechanic, after Marien’s retirement ceremony on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Dec. 2, 2017.

Lt. Col. Dwayne Slack, 307th Maintenance Group commander, gives his farewell to Tech. Sgt. Christopher Marien, 307th Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment mechanic, after Marien’s retirement ceremony on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Dec. 2, 2017. During his 34 years in the Air Force, Marien served in several major operations and also as a member of the base honor guard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Cody Burt/Released)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. --

--BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La.

It was a bittersweet moment for the 307th Bomb Wing as members bid a farewell to three Airman with more than 100 combined years of experience.

Senior Master Sgt. Darren Ellingwood, 307th Operations Support Squadron intelligence superintendent retired from the wing to pursue a career with Air Force Global Strike Command after serving more than 31 years in the military.  Ellingwood supported over 1,100 combat missions and helped deliver more than 9.7 million pounds of weapons on enemy forces during his career.

Master Sgt. Edward Fairchild, 707th Maintenance Squadron aircraft maintenance expediter, retired after 36 years of service, having first enlisted in 1986.  He started working with the A-10 Thunderbolt II at England Air Force Base, La., and ended his career with the B-52 Stratofortress here.

Technical Sgt. Christopher Marien, Aerospace Ground Equipment mechanic started out his Air Force career at England AFB before transferring to Barksdale AFB.  Although stationed in Louisiana throughout his 34 year, Marien supported multiple overseas combat operation during that time.  He was also a member of the base honor guard and is credited with helping to begin the 917th honor guard team.

 

All three Airmen were in the 917th Wing before it transitioned to the 307th Bomb Wing.