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Roy, the AF's top enlisted, to retire Jan. 31

Sep. 18, 2012 - 12:33PM   |   Last Updated: Sep. 18, 2012 - 12:33PM  |  
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Roy speaks to Airmen from the 126th Air Refueling Wing on July 31 at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Roy will retire Jan. 31 after 30 years of service, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III announced today.
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Roy speaks to Airmen from the 126th Air Refueling Wing on July 31 at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Roy will retire Jan. 31 after 30 years of service, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III announced today. (Senior Airman Tristin English / Air Force)
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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Roy will retire Jan. 31 after 30 years of service, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III announced today.

Roy, the Air Force's 16th top enlisted airman since June 2009, completed basic training in November 1982. Prior to becoming chief master sergeant of the Air Force, Roy served in top enlisted posts in Hawaii, Japan, Southwest Asia and Charleston, S.C.

Welsh announced Roy's retirement to a packed crowd at the Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference here.

"This guy is an unbelievable professional," said Welsh, who also praised Roy's wife, Paula, for her commitment to airmen and their families.

Welsh said he is looking for a CMSAF who can communicate with airmen and has broad Air Force experience. "I've heard a lot of names, but I haven't picked anyone," Welsh said.

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