932nd Airlift Wing friends meet for memories

Recent retirees Lt. Col Kate Wilson and Maj. Jerry Tholl share lunch and fond memories of the 932nd Airlift Wing with newly retired Lt. Col. Shirley Burke. Lt. Col. Shirley Burke officially retired in June 2008 after serving 28 years that includes active and Reserve duty. She will tell you it has been a full and rewarding military career. As a school girl growing up in Alabama, Colonel Burke loved science and dreamed of being an aeronautical engineer. After high school, she applied to the Air Force ROTC program during her first year at college. “I tried ROTC, on a ‘look and see’ basis. I wasn’t thinking about a long career in the Air Force at the time,” she said. But, she completed four years of training and received her Air Force ROTC commission in May 1980 upon graduating from Alabama State University.

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