Gen. Kevin Chilton formally retires from the Air Force on Feb. 1, 2011, ending a career that saw him graduate from the Air Force Academy in 1976, go on to fly on three space shuttle missions, and oversee the nation's nuclear deterrent for more than three years before stepping down from that role on Jan. 28, 2011. Here (left), Defense Secretary Robert Gates presents Chilton with the Defense Distinguished Service Award at the US Strategic Command change-of-command ceremony at Offutt AFB, Neb., Jan. 28, 2011. Shown right, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz (left) presents Chilton with the certificate of retirement that same day.
DOD photos by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley and Cherie Cullen
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