Concordian retires from service at Whiteman

Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tech. Sgt. Tracy Medford (second from left) recently retired after a 20-year career in the Air Force. Here, Medford's wife, Tina (left), and daughters, Elisia and Samantha (right), pose with him during a retirement ceremony held at Whiteman Air Force Base. (Mel Bockelman)

April 30 was a special day for the Tracy Medford family.

Medford, a 20-year veteran retired from the U.S. Air Force in the rank of technical sergeant. Medford 's wife, Tina, also an Air Force retired veteran, together with their two daughters, Samantha and Alicia, who are students at Concordia High School, attended their father's retirement ceremony held at Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster.

Medford spent his entire Air Force career in the aircraft armament weapons systems. After graduating from the Air Force Aircraft Armanent School at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado, he was posted to Dyess Air Force Base in Texas.

Medford was sent overseas to Korea, returning to Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, then to Aviano Air Base in Italy before finally coming to Whiteman Air Force Base, where he was assigned duty as a Weapons Load Team Chief and later as a Weapons Section Training Monitor.

Medford and his family settled in Concordia.

Medford was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf Clusters. Col. Jeffrey Peterson, USMC retired, also attended the event.

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