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Retiree Appreciation Week: KAFB welcomes retirees back with week-long events

Standing for the National Anthem.

Kirtland Air Force Base held a Retiree Appreciation week, Aug. 17 to Aug. 21, 2020, on base. Throughout the week, a series of events such as a golf tournament, bowling, cash bingo and a military working dog demonstration were held to welcome retirees and show appreciation for their service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

Standing for the National Anthem.

Active duty members and retirees stand for the playing of the National Anthem on Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, Aug. 19, 2020. Team Kirtland hosted a Retiree Appreciation Week, welcoming retirees back to base and honoring them for their service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

An Airman and retiree golf.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Aeries N. Blair, 377th Air Base Wing executive administrator, participates in a golf tournament with a retiree on Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, Aug. 19, 2020. Enlisted Airmen paired up with retirees and played a game of golf as part of Retiree Appreciation Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

An Airman golfs.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Bryant Hardy, 377th Medical Group unit deployment manager, participates in a golf tournament at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, Aug. 19, 2020. Enlisted Airmen took part in a golf tournament with retirees as part of Retiree Appreciation Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

Golf clubs.

Kirtland Air Force Base held a Retiree Appreciation week, Aug. 17 to Aug. 21, 2020, on base. Retirees participated in a golf tournament with enlisted Airmen where they could interact and share experiences and stories. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

Team Kirtland held an appreciation week full of events from August 17 to August 21, 2020, at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, to welcome retirees back to base.

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Team Kirtland held an appreciation week full of events from August 17 to August 21, 2020, at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, to welcome retirees back to base. 

 

Throughout the week, retirees were able to enjoy various activities at the Tijeras Arroyo Golf Course, watch a military working dog demonstration, play cash bingo and more. 

 

Sally Uebelacker, Retiree Activities Office director, spoke on one event that allowed retirees to team up with Airmen to play in a golf tournament. 

 

“This was a fun way to honor our retirees,” said Uebelacker. “The golf tournament paired retirees with active duty enlisted members for a fun tournament, exchange of stories and experiences.”

 

Uebelacker said that all retirees of all military branches were invited for a week of fun. 

 

Several retirees were able to participate in the various events throughout the week, speak with Airmen and spend time with friends. 

 

“It’s great to be back on the base, especially to see the younger military,” said David Turner, U.S. Marine Corps retiree. “I’ve been retired for 36 years. It's nice to see the new crop of law enforcement people. They are doing a great job.”