Scott AFB honors retirees at event

Col. Robert Grimmet, 375th Mission Support Group deputy commander, speaks with retired Air Force Col. Jim Harper. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chad Gorecki)

By Airman 1st Class Chad Gorecki, 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

SCOTT AFB –  Col. Leslie Maher, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, welcomed retirees to Scott Air Force Base’s 33rd annual Retiree Appreciation Day, Oct. 6. 

Retirees were given the opportunity obtain information from several booths including the American Legion, Red Cross, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Airman and Family Readiness Center as well as have the ability to receive immunizations and update identification cards. 

Col. Robert Grimmet, 375th Mission Support Group deputy commander, was the keynote speaker for the event. Grimmet spoke on connectedness and the retirees’ service during the event after referring to Vince Lombardi. 

“You are brothers and sisters in arms,” said Grimmet. “It’s what connects us together.” 

Grimmet went on to add “It’s about your stories, about our stories, the stories we can never forget. More importantly, it’s what you did to ensure our freedom and our democracy so we can stand here today and raise the children we raise here in the cornfields of Middle America.”