Retirement Feature: Kenna Collier Bids Farewell to 932nd Airlift Wing After 33 Years of Dedicated Service

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  • By Mr. Christopher Parr

After more than three decades of unwavering commitment and tireless dedication, Kenna Collier bids a fond farewell to the 932nd Airlift Wing, marking the end of an illustrious career characterized by remarkable achievements, cherished memories, and enduring friendships. Collier's journey with the 932nd AW commenced in January 1995 as a reservist in wing training, a role that would lay the foundation for a distinguished tenure spanning various departments within the wing.
Reflecting on her storied career, Collier reminisced about the 932nd combat dining-in event in 2000.

“I remember the spirited festivities led by Col. Kirk Peddicord,” Collier recalls. “It was a memorable evening filled with camaraderie and laughter and a testament to the unique bond shared by the wing's personnel.”

Over the years, Collier's role within the wing evolved significantly, witnessing transformative changes, and navigating through challenges with resilience and determination. From her initial appointment as an Air Reserve Technician in the 932nd Maintenance Group in November 1995 to her subsequent transition to the role of Civilian Personnel Liaison in November 2018, Collier embraced each opportunity with unwavering commitment.

She played a pivotal role in streamlining personnel processes, alleviating the burden on overtasked units, and fostering a cohesive work environment conducive to growth and collaboration.

Among the significant changes witnessed during her tenure, “the transition from C-9 to C-40 aircraft was a period marked by uncertainty and eventual triumph as Congress sanctioned the acquisition of C-40s, eventually ensuring the continuity of the wing's mission,” said Collier.

Additionally, Collier reflects on the evolution of administrative processes from manual to electronic systems, emphasizing the relentless pursuit of efficiency and adaptability in an ever-changing landscape.

Despite facing challenges, including the rigorous training requirements during the transition to C-40 aircraft, Collier credits the unwavering support of her supervisors and colleagues for navigating through turbulent times.

“Their (supervisors’ and colleagues’) collective efforts and resilience were instrumental in overcoming obstacles and achieving success,” added Collier.

“I take pride in my contributions to the wing's legacy, particularly in nurturing young Airmen and establishing a centralized point of contact for personnel matters,” she said.

As she bids farewell to the 932nd Airlift Wing, Collier remains committed to staying connected to the Air Force community, cherishing the bonds forged over years of shared experiences and camaraderie.

“I extend my heartfelt gratitude to my colleagues, mentors, and friends who have enriched her journey with their unwavering support and camaraderie,” Collier added. “I have profound appreciation for the memories shared and the bonds forged, affirming that they will forever remain family in every sense of the word.”

“Kenna’s expertise in her position is unmatched. She is the best civilian personnel liaison in the AF Reserve Command,” said Lt Col Colleen Galloway, 932nd Force Support Squadron commander. “The 932nd AW and the 932nd Maintenance Group have reaped the positive impacts of Kenna’s 33 years of service and steadfast commitment to upholding the core values of the Air Force – integrity, service, and excellence, each day. She is a shining example of what caring for Airmen looks like and I am honored to have served with her.”

As Ms. Kenna Collier embarks on a new chapter, her legacy of dedication, integrity, and camaraderie will continue to inspire generations of airmen, leaving an indelible mark on the legacy of the 932nd Airlift Wing.